Shari Caudron

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Shari Caudron

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Shari Caudron, MA, MFA, is the author of two books: Who Are You People? (winner of the Colorado Book Award and chosen for Entertainment Weekly’s MUST List), and a collection of personal essays, What Really Happened, (named a humor finalist in the Book of the Year Awards).

A career freelancer, Shari has published more than 600 articles and essays in magazines and literary journals; she has also been a restaurant critic and magazine columnist. She’s been a Lighthouse faculty member since 2004 and also teaches at the University of Denver and Arizona State University. She's especially passionate about memoir writing, and works one-on-one as a coach with aspiring book authors.

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Shari Caudron's Published Work

Memoir writing

"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

Shari Caudron's Articles

The Lookout

Truth in Narrative Nonfiction

November 04, 2010

There is great debate today about truth-versus-fiction in works of creative nonfiction.

The Lookout

On Writing and Music

October 21, 2010

I've been working with a musician who's writing a memoir.

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Getting Started on the Personal Essay

October 08, 2010

Students tell me one of the reasons they sign up for essay writing workshops (aside from the cheap Zinfandel, garlick