Memoir Moments & other classes/coaching

Setting out to write a story from one’s life can be daunting — where to begin? 

Let’s focus on a moment.  

Imagine your life as a strand of pearls. Some of the pearls are perfect spheres, while others are semi-round or irregular. Each represents a moment — some pleasant, others difficult — and every one of them has shaped who you are today.

Like a strand of pearls, your life is unique and beautiful in its own way. 

In my coaching and classes, I offer writing prompts and tools that will help you find a pearl, explore it and turn it into a story.

Give the gift of writing to a loved one! I will mail you or them a gift certificate with the details.

Course/coaching options

Haiku and You online or in-person class

Stories don’t always require paragraphs and pages – sometimes less is more. We will explore memoir writing using the shortest form of literature.

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Let’s write a story together. I will interview you and write your story for you. OR I will interview your loved one and write their story.

Memoir Moments online or in-person class

In this four-week online or in-person small-group class, you will identify a life moment and transform it into a written memory to share … or to keep for yourself.

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Tell me your story

I will interview you and write your story for you. OR I will interview your loved one and write their story.

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One-on-one coaching online or in-person

You have a story to tell. I will support you as you transform it from memory or idea into words. Not sure what your story is? I will help you find it.

Please contact me to explore possibilities.

What people are writing

Father’s Day 1972
by Lori from Vancouver, Washington
One-on-one coaching

Excerpt from “Blackhawk Adventure”
by Nancy from Gresham, Oregon
Memoir Moments online live class member

Selected Haiku
by Nancy, Gresham, Oregon
Haiku and You online live class member

Looking for a DIY memoir-capturing tool?

Give this take-along writing prompt a try!

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Here are a few additional prompts.

What people are saying

Sarah is not only a brilliant, thoughtful writer, but she’s an inspiring teacher and coach for others who want to write their life stories. I recently signed up for her one-on-one coaching and it was such a positive and valuable experience. Her ideas and writing prompts helped give me the tools and confidence I needed to successfully begin writing about my own journey. Thank you Sarah!

— Lori from Vancouver, Washington

As a gift to myself in 2021 I signed up for Memoir Moments with Sarah. With her winsome, encouraging and expert way, Sarah helped unlock my inner storyteller through these 4 short weeks. Now my children get to know me in fresh and unique ways through these moments. Double blessing!

— Sharon from Camas, Washington

Other writing/communication/PR services

In addition to writing memoir, I have worked in public relations/project management (specialties: K-12 education and community advocacy), print journalism and science writing, and have taught college English composition, English language in Japan and Holy Yoga.

I am currently taking on new projects. Feel free to check out my services, resume and brief portfolio, and contact me to discuss possible collaborations — from fliers to white papers, blog posts to video scripts, op-ed pieces to website management.

About Sarah

Sarah Coomber

Sarah Coomber is a career communicator and author of The Same Moon, a memoir of her early-life crisis that took her to Japan. She has taught writing at Whitworth University, English conversation in Japan and yoga, and has worked as a newspaper reporter, public relations professional and communications consultant. She has a BA in biology, an MA in mass communication/print journalism and an MFA in creative writing/nonfiction. After 19 years in Washington state, she is now based in Minnesota.  

Your story is welcome here.

Photo credits:
Pearl beads image by TheAnnAnn from Pixabay

Pearl in moss image by Oliver Eyth from Pixabay
Author photo: Melissa Burt