An Interview with ShoutOut Colorado

I recently had the honor of being interviewed for a profile in ShoutOut Colorado. Here’s an excerpt, with a link to the full piece:

Hi Shari, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?

I’ve always been self-employed, so my thinking around my career has not been what business […]

By |2022-11-14T16:09:33-07:00November 14th, 2022|Categories: On Writing|0 Comments

Not This Again

Three months ago, fearing my life had gotten too comfortable, I decided to stretch myself and do something that scared me, something for which I had no inherent talent.

I signed up for singing lessons.

It took every ounce of resolve I possessed to make it to the first lesson. When I […]

By |2022-01-20T14:01:00-07:00January 20th, 2022|Categories: Emotional Wisdom, Memoir Writing, On Writing|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Go From Good to Great Using Your Powers of Observation

By Susan Orlean

(This article originally appeared in Medium on November 5, 2021. I wanted to repost it here because Susan Orlean has been a tremendous teacher for me in my writing career. If you want to know how to craft compelling nonfiction, read her work!)

It’s stating the obvious to […]

By |2021-11-09T10:45:25-07:00November 9th, 2021|Categories: Memoir Writing, On Writing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Gimme the page over a party anytime

Last weekend, I attended my first post-Covid party—a warm, summer night gathering held in a friend’s leafy yard.

I arrived excited. There were people–lots of them! And all seemed to be smiling. The collective vibe: Covid is over!

After grabbing a glass of rose, I launched into conversations with a swirl of […]

By |2021-06-23T15:10:05-06:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Know Yourself, On Writing|0 Comments

How Writing a Memoir Changes Your Story

I was recently interviewed for a podcast sponsored by the Hoffman Institute. If you’ve never heard of Hoffman, well, let me say that if you’re ready to make some important changes in your life–or, if you’re stuck and have no idea where to turn–you may want to check […]

Why Finding Your Passion Is Such Terrible Advice

Prepare for a hard truth: We’re pretty bad at most things when we first try them.

This article, published in the New York Times Smarter Living newsletter, holds important lessons for memoirists and other nonfiction book authors. Namely, that writing—even if you’re passionately drawn to it, takes a lot of work, […]

By |2019-05-22T18:54:06-06:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: On Writing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Write Your Story, Change Your Life*

One morning in mid-August a few years ago, I stood in my small condo in Denver paralyzed by fear and inertia. My beloved older sister had died of cancer ten months earlier, my mother died two months after that, and my father decided that very morning he didn’t want to […]

What Teaching Writing Has Taught Me About the Human Condition

I’ve taught writing for years, primarily to adults who yearn to tell stories about personal experience. I’ve worked with doctors and lawyers, comedians and chronic liars, entrepreneurs and private eyes, and not one but two strippers—both of whom also happened to be English teachers.

Sitting at a glossy mahogany dining table […]

By |2019-04-17T16:48:10-06:00January 30th, 2019|Categories: On Writing|Tags: , , |4 Comments


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