Becoming a certified instructor in Guided Autobiography (GAB) has made me a better writer and a better coach. I love this proven method of helping people of all ages and backgrounds capture and share meaningful moments and  life stories. GAB was founded by psychologist and gerontologist Dr. James Birren more than forty-five years ago to help seniors reduce isolation and build connection and community. Today, the curriculum has been adapted for diverse audiences worldwide. My GAB programs align with my life's work in resilience, which means that the themes, prompts, and exercises I use are designed to help participants tell and own their resilient stories in a whole new way. 

HOW IT WORKS

You work in a small group capped at eight students. Each week, I’ll guide you to write two-pages on a particular theme which aligns with Tell Your Resilient Story.  You can write more if you choose to, but it isn’t required. I’ll prepare priming questions that evoke memories and events, and also teach you skills to enhance your storytelling and writing. Each week you’ll have the opportunity to share your story with the group, which is fundamental to GAB. Why? Because connecting with one another on journeys of self-discovery allows you to gain greater appreciation and meaning of your life and the lives of others. No writing experience necessary!

Sample questions:

  • Do you think of the flow of your life as typical of most people or is it unusual? In what ways?
  • Describe a time in your life when you asked yourself: what is the meaning of this? What did you learn about yourself and life from this experience?
  • Was there ever a time you took the less traveled road? Something unexpected, unpopular, or out of the ordinary? What kind of impact did this decision have? 

TELL YOUR RESILIENT STORY  THEMES

 

 Guided Autobiography Level 1

  • Branching Points

  • Family

  • Health

  • Life's Work or Career

  • Money

  • Finding My Own Power

  • Life Meaning

  • Growth and Change 

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

 

  • Improved self-esteem and confidence

  • Better communication—on the written page , with loved ones, with your community

  • Deeper empathy for others

  • Pages of your life story…a treasured keepsake

  • Content that could find its way into a book

  • Greater understanding of where you are and where you want GO in life

I’d love to help you reimagine the possibilities to tell your story. You can:

  • Write for yourself

  • Write a keepsake book(s) for your family and friends

  • Write to promote a hobby or business

  • Write to be published

  • Write to see where the writing takes you

See? The possibilities are endless.

 

"I felt like your words opened a part of myself that I didn’t have the courage to find before." 
- Michelle Hamilton Bronzo, LCSW

 

“I feel like this class has helped to restore my voice again after feeling cut off from others and my community. I love the opportunity to reflect on my experiences. This class has been a lifeboat for me.”
Roberta Rosen
"We all need gurus to guide us, and Nancy Sharp has become mine as I strive to find meaning in my life story, and share it with loved ones."

- Leland Rudofsky 

 
"Viewing my life as a journey and not so much 'good' or 'bad,' helped me feel more resilient. This also gave me the strength to accept others just the way they are." 
-Heidi Badaracco

About Nancy Sharp

Nancy Sharp holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and is a certified instructor in Guided Autobiography. Nancy’s prizewinning, bestselling memoir Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living  is an unforgettable portrait of the surprising turns life takes, and the resilience Nancy summoned in order to keep stepping forward.

Nancy is also the author of the picture book Because the Sky is EverywhereHer work has been published in several essay anthologies, and articles, essays, columns, and letters by her have appeared in The New York Times, Next AvenueThe Huffington Post, Kate Couric's Wake-Up Call, journals for the American Academy of Psychotherapists and the University of Colorado Hospital’s Center for Bioethics and the Humanities, and elsewhere.

Nancy writes a regular column on caregiving and resilience for the Cancer Support Community, and has guest lectured at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Regis University's MFA Program, The New School, New York's 92nd Street Y, and to businesses and groups nationwide. 

“Eloquent and fiercely hopeful.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“Nancy Sharp’s honesty and hard-earned wisdom
make this book essential reading

for anyone facing adversity—which is all of us.”
- Ann Hood, New York Times bestselling author

Ready to Tell Your Resilient Story Now?

YES! I'm Ready!

Upcoming Workshops 

 Guided Autobiography Workshops will be offered on the below dates and times. Classes are live via Zoom and capped at eight students. Sign up now! 

Mondays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. MST, Dec. 14, 2020-Feb. 1, 2021
Mondays, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. MST, Dec. 14, 2020-Feb. 1, 2021
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. MST, Dec. 16, 2020- Feb. 3, 2021
Sundays, 11 a.m.. - 1 p.m MST. Jan. 10-Feb.28, 2021

Don't see something that fits your schedule? 

Feel free to email me preferred dates and times.