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Sheila Bender has worked with people who write personal essays, poetry, nonfiction books, stories, writer’s journals, and application essays since 1980, helping them acknowledge a place for writing in their lives. Learn about her instructional books, memoir and poetry at About Sheila.

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Clearing the Fog, Savoring the Mystery

[The following is based on the opening of my book Creative Writing DeMystified] Dear Writing It Real Members, I like the following two quotes because they help me think about what it feels like to write poetry, personal essays and fiction: Things are not all so comprehensible and expressible as one would mostly have us…Continue Reading

Talking with My Grandsons About Writing

In April, 2016, my grandsons were visiting during the week I was asked to participate in the local FM radio station’s fund drive. I had read a lot of what they wrote and had talked with them about their writing often. I thought it would be informative and fun to include them in the program. The…Continue Reading

Create a Good Climate for Story Growing

As I connect with my co-author Christi Killien Glover and plan a rendezvous in Sitka, Alaska this summer, I am remembering the fun we had writing the letters that became Writing in a Convertible with the Top Down. Those were the days when we lived in neighboring towns and our letters were the old fashioned mailed ones. In this…Continue Reading