Category Archives: Sheila Bender On Writing

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

To Follow the Right God Home

This week, I took my mom and her dog, Chutchie, to a veterinarian appointment for blood work. Eleven years older than when I first wrote the following article for Writing It Real, my mom is in much better health. My husband, Kurt, and I convinced her not too long after I wrote the essay to move to our town…Continue Reading

Writing: From Holons to Whole

From Write! Write! Write! 7 Dynamite Exercises for Those Who Want to Write Prose from Personal Experience by Sheila Bender American philosopher Ken Wilber’s A Brief History of Everything. posits the view of our universe as an “emergent Kosmos,” which counts on creativity, the movement of chaos into form. The term Kosmos, introduced by the…Continue Reading

What Makes Getting Started Easy as Starting a Car?

The writer Kim Stafford tells his workshops that it is important for writers to “keep worthy company.” As I prepare to teach a writing workshop this weekend, I remember an article I wrote a decade ago. Reading it now, I add that to keep worthy company means to be worthy company. I once created a daily writing exercise for…Continue Reading