Tell Your Resilient Story is a multi-faceted program that draws on narrative writing and guided autobiography.
Guided Autobiography (GAB) is a method of life story writing created nearly forty years ago by James E. Birren, PhD, an esteemed gerontologist and pioneer in the field of aging. Today, it is adapted to a variety of audiences young and old and fosters self-awareness, empathy, and connection. Read here for more about Dr. Birren's legacy.
In simplest terms, narrative writing tells a story. Your story.
The idea is to reflect on universal themes such as life events, turning points, career, aging, health, money, creativity, family, and more.
Tell Your Resilient Story is the perfect guide if you’re looking for a meaningful way to reflect deeper on life experiences and leave your mark in the world. Whether writing for yourself or to publish a book, Tell Your Resilient Story will put you on a forward path. No writing experience is necessary.
Nancy Sharp holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and is 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 Everywhere. Her work has been published in several essay anthologies, and articles, essays, columns, and letters by her have appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, journals for the American Academy of Psychotherapists and the University of Colorado Hospital’s Center for Bioethics and the Humanities, and elsewhere. She also writes a regular column on caregiving and resilience for the Cancer Support Community. Apart from writing and teaching, Nancy is a keynote speaker and trainer, delivering programs on resilience and overcoming adversity to large businesses and groups nationwide. Nancy loves what she does: helping people to push past challenges and take positive steps forward.
“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 best-selling author
"I adore Nancy's story because it speaks to something so important to being healthy, which is resilience. Nancy could have become stuck in her sadness but decided to move forward instead. That takes courage, which can be scary, but it can really contribute to the good life."