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.
Here’s a sample prompt: “Words of wisdom”
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
What people are writing
Father’s Day 1972
by Lori from Vancouver, Washington
Excerpt from “Blackhawk Adventure”
by Nancy from Gresham, Oregon
Memoir Moments online live class member
by Nancy, Gresham, Oregon
Haiku and You online live class member
Haiku and You online live
Stories don’t always require paragraphs and pages – sometimes less is more. We will explore memoir writing using the shortest form of literature.
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.
One-on-one coaching online live
You have a story to tell. I will support you via Zoom as you transform it from memory or idea into words. Not sure what your story is? I will help you find it.
Memoir Moments online live
In this four-week online small-group class, you will identify a life moment and transform it into a written memory to share … or to keep for yourself.
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.
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.
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.