Testimonials

Cara Mentzel

“Without fail, even brief conversations with Shari reinvigorated my writing. She is a purveyor of confidence, clarity, and stamina. She has the insight of a skilled therapist, and the craft of a great writer. She has been a cheerleader and a teacher and a friend. And truly, what more could a writer ask for?”

CARA MENTZEL
author, Voice Lessons: A Sisters Story

Debra Berndt-Maldonado

“I never expected to write a memoir. I’m in an engineering profession where we write precise and logical specifications. The vulnerability and emotional impact that a memoir must have quickly overwhelmed me. Somehow, Shari saw the potential in those flat and halting first drafts. She was the first professional writer to tell me I could actually succeed. Then she gave me the tools to connect with my emotions and get them on the page, helping me along with patience and grace. When writing got tough, she instinctively knew when to push a bit and when to give me space. Today, the back cover of my book is adorned with critical acclaim about the emotional power of my story. This is quite simply a tribute to Shari’s coaching.”

CARL DUBLER
author, Playing God in Chair Twelve, Golden Elm Press, 2019

Tamra Ryan

“By asking great questions, Shari was able to tease out the nuggets from my brain so I could get them on paper. Shari is determined to make a difference for her clients and gets very invested in their projects. You couldn’t ask for anyone better on your team.”

TAMRA RYAN
author, The Third Law, Gilpin House Press, 2013
Gold Medal Winner, 2015 Axiom Business Book Awards for Women/Minorities in Business
Gold Medal Winner, 2015 Living Now Book Awards for Social Activism/Charity
Winner, The Book Excellence Award for Civic/Social Change

Michele Morris

“I couldn’t have written my memoir without Shari’s help – she taught me the important difference between journaling and memoir. The format of her six-month coaching sessions allowed me to approach the writing chapter by chapter and produce a first draft by the end of that coaching. Her guidance was so detailed and ideas so spot-on that I was able to work on my own from there to incorporate the suggested changes into my edits to create a compelling final manuscript.”

MICHELE MORRIS
author, Poco a Poco, A Memoir 2018 Outskirts Press

Matt Salis

“Without Shari’s help, I would most certainly have aborted my project. I owe her so much. She was the first person to believe in my writing. She told me what my strengths were and led me in that direction. I feel better than I have in 30 years, and that is due in very large part to her encouragement and mentoring. Never has someone swept into my life and made such an impact in such short order.”

MATT SALIS
blogger, Sober and Unashamed

Mark Galbo

“My daylong intensive with Shari was very productive and inspiring. We mapped out the building blocks of my book, which gave me the knowledge and courage to start writing. When I got stuck, Shari reviewed my manuscript and found a better way to utilize my natural style–which helped me get going again. I know I can trust her to tell me what’s working and what isn’t.”

AMY DRESSEL-MARTIN

Lynn Hall

“I worked with Shari extensively for a full year, and she was a tremendously valuable support. Not only did she help develop my skills as a writer, but she also was the sounding board I needed to talk through the challenges particular to telling my story. Without Shari’s coaching, I’m not sure my memoir would have ever landed with an agent or publishing house.”

LYNN HALL
author, Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet’s Story of Rape and Resilience Beacon Press, 2017

Heather Fox

“Shari is so much more than a writing coach. She is a brilliant editor, collaborator and champion of creative expression. Shari approaches her work with great care, professionalism and reverence. In 2018, I hired her to help me write my memoir.

“Memoir writing necessitates an inward look at the hidden tensions that unconsciously inform our personal narrative. This path requires courage and curiosity. Shari both understands and respects the process of writing memoir, recognizing its power to transform the limitations that often undermine our lives. Rather than dictate the course of exploration she helped me devise a preliminary map for my memoir while remaining open to where the path might lead.

“Each week, as my writing revealed a deeper understanding of the story, Shari offered invaluable suggestions, edits and insights to make my writing more concise, honest and alive. Our work together was a kind of written catharsis and a conscious reconstruction of my personal narrative. In completing my work with her I have grown immeasurably as a writer with much of my memoir complete. More importantly I have reclaimed authorship of the unfolding story of my life. That is an incomparable gift.”

ANGELINA LLOYD

Connie Shoemaker

“Shari’s coaching expertise is supported by her extensive reading, her own writing skill, and the warmth and humor of her individualized instruction. Her insightful questions opened the door for me to the ‘truth’ in my story and challenged me to use the reflective voice that exposed that truth. I highly recommend her.”

CONNIE SHOEMAKER
author, The Good Daughter: Secrets, Life Stories and Healing. Amity Bridge Books, 2015

Kim Curtis

“Shari helped me focus on the most compelling parts of my story so that my book connected with readers on a topic that brings angst to many.”

KIM CURTIS
author, Money Secrets, Financial Literacy Press, 2015
Independent Book Publishers IPPY Awards – Silver MedalistBenjamin Franklin Book Awards – Silver Medalist
International Readers’ Favorite Award, Business/Finance category
USA Book News Awards, Business/Finance category

Mark Galbo

“I was first exposed to Shari through a webinar. The exercises and advice she offered on conquering fear and other emotions made me feel I had to work with her—and I’m thankful I did! Shari helped me uncover why fear was holding me back and then worked with me as I completed a draft of my memoir. She absolutely knows what she’s doing! She’s intuitive and quickly picks up on what you’re trying to say. I’ll continue to work with her until my book is finished.”

TIFFANY KASSAB

Brian Gast

“My work with Shari was vital to producing a book I’m proud of.”

BRIAN GAST
blogger, author, The Business of Wanting More, Barneget Press, 2012, Amazon Bestseller, Leadership Books
Finalist in the ‘Self-Help: Motivational’ category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards
Finalist in the Motivational category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Debra Berndt-Maldonado

“Shari’s insight and direction improved my writing and helped me sharpen a proposal to land an agent and ultimately a deal with Wiley.”

DEBRA BERNDT-MALDONADO
author, Let Love In, Wiley Publishing (2010)

Mark Galbo

“Shari is so gracious, so giving, so generous in her listening that it’s as if a mirror is being held up to your truest self; the glass fogged with your deepest insights. Just when you thought that you had said too much, gone on too long, and gotten off topic, Shari says, ‘Wow! There’s some good stuff in there!’ She then proceeds to piece you back together, gently point your pen to paper, and get you back to writing.”

MARK GALBO
founder and CEO, Rock and Roll Academy

Kate Bohmann

“Through her patient ear and keen insight, Shari draws out your most authentic story, and then graciously guides you to its finest telling. As a result of her coaching, the book that has been on my heart for years is finally unfolding on the page.”

KATE BOHMANN

Heather Fox

“I have made more progress on my memoir with Shari in the last six months than I had in the previous five years. She not only gives me specific actionable feedback that has dramatically improved the quality of my writing, she has helped me understand what about my story is most compelling and resonant. Working with Shari has helped me to better understand my story and, more importantly, the events that have shaped my life.”

HEATHER FOX

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