Posted January 2018

Making Friends With Fear (and doubt, and shame, and…)


Fear. Shame. Frustration. Doubt. If you’re writing about your own life experiences, you know these emotions well. But instead of trying to banish the anguish that accompanies creative nonfiction work (like that ever works), it’s best to stay on speaking terms with all facets of your inner life. Why? Because that’s where the magic happens. This workshop will introduce you to practices designed to keep you grounded and in touch with your creative spirit, while also minimizing the brain damage associated with memoir and personal essay writing. Whatever your current challenge—rampant self-criticism, procrastination, fear of embarrassment—rest assured. You already possess everything you need to quiet the voices and create your best work.

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Making Friends With Fear

Fear. Shame. Frustration. Doubt. If you’re writing about your own life experiences, you know these emotions well. This workshop will introduce you to practices designed to keep you grounded and in touch with your creative spirit. Whatever your current challenge—rampant self-criticism, procrastination, fear of embarrassment—rest assured. You already possess everything you need to quiet the voices and create your best work. Runtime: 52:47.

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About Shari Caudron

Shari Caudron, MA, MFA, is an author, speaker, and book coach who specializes in work with memoirists and nonfiction authors. (See ShariCaudron.com) She 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 whose work was read by more than 1.2 million people each week. She teaches graduate-level courses at Arizona State University, the University of Denver, and Lighthouse Writers in Denver, where she received a student-nominated award for teaching excellence. She's especially passionate about working one-on-one with authors to help them understand their wisdom, shape their stories and write their books.