About Nancy Sharp

Award-Winning Author | Storytelling, Life Letters, & Legacy Writing Coach | Keynote Speaker & Trainer


Who Is Nancy Sharp?

Nancy Sharp is a sought-after speaker, trainer, author, and story muse. She never set out to change people’s lives, but hard life experience led her to do just that. Today, Nancy helps others write about their life experiences as a way to live with greater intention and purpose now and in the future. "Transformative," is the word clients repeatedly use to describe her work. Nancy’s gift for fostering meaningful storytelling engenders radical empathy, purpose, and deep connection and community. Nancy has presented her programs to the New York Life Insurance Company, Eagle Strategies, Lincoln Financial, Virginia Credit Union, Centura Health, Dallas Bar Association, University of Denver, American Academy of Psychotherapists, New York's 92nd Street Y, and numerous other businesses and groups.

Nancy holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and is a certified instructor in Guided Autobiography. Her debut memoir Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living, received the Colorado Book Award for Creative Nonfiction; the book is a portrait of the surprising turns life takes and the resilience it takes 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, Katie Couric's Wake-Up Call, AARP's The Ethel, Next Avenue, 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. Nancy has guest lectured at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Regis University's MFA Program, The Writing Center at Marshall University, and The New School.

Are you looking for a passionate guide to help you or your people leave their mark? Nancy would love to support you on your journey.

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My Story

I always knew I wanted to go far in life, so I worked hard to become the first person in my family to graduate from college. After graduation, I thought my future was a guaranteed success. Then once I started having to make student loan payments, my dreams of a better life seemed out of reach.

I felt frustrated and helpless, but I had worked too hard to let my dreams slip away. I dove into financial literacy and came up with a system that allowed me to eliminate debt, save more, and invest for my future. Now I empower others on their journey to financial freedom.

"Working with Riley has changed my life. I’m only 2 months away from debt-free!"

- Martin Marino

"Last year, I was 49 with no retirement savings. Thanks to Riley, I’m now financially on track."

- Bill Bayaud

"From buried in debt to living the life of my dreams, Thank you, Riley!"

- Susan Smith

Why I Do It

Financial literacy is not a term I ever heard growing up. While my parents did their best to provide for our family, they lived paycheck to paycheck most of their lives. Seeing my family struggle inspired me to aim higher. But despite my best efforts, I still found myself drowning in debt.

Once I was debt-free, I realized that the methods I used could help others like me who wanted the same but didn’t grow up with the framework to make it happen. So I made it my mission to help as many people as possible create healthy financial habits and a better life for themselves and their families.


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