Hi! I’m Shari Caudron and I’m passionate about the life-changing power of personal narrative.
For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to personal storytelling. I devoured the first-person essays in Cosmo and Ms. Magazine when I was a teen. I hungered to be like the daytime talk show interviewers (hello Merv Griffin!) who coaxed personal stories out of famous people. I spent hours filling the pages of my own journal, a practice begun at age 12, in an effort to understand my own confusing young life. For all these reasons, it’s no surprise I grew up to become first a journalist, and then a teacher and coach for people who wish to use storytelling as a way of understanding themselves a little better.
As a memoir coach, I help people find meaning and coherence in their lives looking backwards. As a purpose guide, I use story and self-reflection to help clients create meaningful change going forward. Either way—whether looking at the road behind or the road up ahead—I believe engaging with our personal narratives allows us to gain a deeper understanding of our emotions, beliefs, values, and our own inherent wisdom. We can also begin to see ourselves as the heroes of our own lives.
My approach is grounded in empathy and compassion. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where individuals can feel seen, heard, and valued. I also believe healing is a collaborative process, and I work closely with my clients to create a personalized plan to meet their unique needs and goals.
It’s been an incredible privilege to spend my career focused on storytelling in one way or another. Along the way, I’ve gotten to do some pretty cool things:
Work one-on-one as a coach with more than 450 clients driven to write and share their stories with others. My clients have published a wide variety of award-winning nonfiction books with major publishers, including including Macmillan, Pegasus, Harvard University Press, Wiley, and McGraw Hill. Others have gone on to have career-changing success with self-published books.
Teach memoir and personal storytelling to more than 2,500 adult students at the University of Denver, Arizona State University and Lighthouse Writers in Denver, where I received a student-nominated award for teaching excellence.
Facilitate workshops and lead international retreats focused on memoir writing and intentional living.
Help people discover their purpose and create more fulfilling lives by examining their life story, uncovering the stories that have held them back, and envisioning–and creating–a new story for their life going forward.
Speak about the transformative power of personal storytelling to a wide range of audiences including the University of Denver, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, The Colorado School of Mines, The Englewood Leadership Institute, and many others.
Write a book called WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE? about my personal search for passion. The book won the Colorado Book Award, was chosen for Entertainment Weekly’s MUST list (landing between Lassie and Bob Dylan!), and featured on NPR. (Listen/read here.)
Create an award-winning magazine column that was published in the United States and India where I had 1.2 million readers each week. The columns were collected together in my first book, WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.
Publish more than 600 articles and essays as a freelance journalist. My work has appeared in wide range of publications, including Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Traveler’s Tales, The Fourth Genre, The Hindu Sunday Times, 5280: Denver’s City Magazine, Perceptive Travel and Canada’s National Post.
My goal is to teach you everything I’ve learned about the life-changing power of personal narrative.