Online Classes

Personal Essay Writing Workshop – TBA

Sheila’s classic writing help for those interested in short memoir pieces (personal essay) and those working toward book-length memoir. In this four-week class, five group members work together in an online classroom, everyone on their own time, developing four essays and responding to those of their classmates along with Sheila, using her three-step response method renowned for encouraging an author’s ability to shape work and revise effectively. Whether you work from the prompts and model essays that Sheila offers the class or you use older work you want to revise, this class will help you move your writing along. Email classes@writingitreal.com if you have questions for Sheila about this class. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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New — Write Articles From What You Already Know – A Self-Scheduled Tutorial

Start the New Year off with some great writing to send out! If you have mastery vocationally or avocationally and want to mine what you know to write articles you can be paid to publish, you’ll enjoy turning out two of these during our weeks together and learning a process that will keep you writing articles from your knowledge and experience as well as figuring out where to publish them. If you have questions Email Sheila.

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Writing Lyric Essays from Anecdotes, Observations and Remembered  Lines
March 31 to May 2, 2014 enrolling now!

Learn the building blocks of the lyric essay and combine them into two nicely lengthy lyric essays by the end of our weeks together. If you are interested Email Sheila or register here.

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New — Make and Execute a Publishing Plan - A Self-Scheduled Tutorial 

Many of you are ready to publish essays, poems, articles and books but need someone to hold your hand to get the process started and to take action. I am happy to do that. Work under my direction in a small group where everyone is ready to enter the scramble! Email Sheila.

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Epistolary Writing – The Power of the Letter Form
March 19 to April 16, 2014

Join our small group of five in studying epistolary literature in poems, fiction and essays. Emulate the strategies professional writers have used to create four fresh works of your own. Everyone receives detailed response from Sheila and four classmates for help in drafting revisions and understanding the strengths of what they have created using the letter form. Fee is $120 for members. There are no refunds as class size is limited. Email classes@writingitreal.com if you have questions or need more information.
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Writing Healthy Starts Workshop
TBA

In this four-week class, five group members work together in an online classroom, each on their own time, responding to three writing exercises a week supplied and developed by Sheila. People post their work (up to 250 – 750 words each piece) and respond to one another’s work. Work is meant to be in the freewriting stages. Everyone receives Sheila`s detailed response to each of their pieces, responses that help writers develop their exercise results into poems, stories or essays. Fee is $120 for members. There are no refunds as class size is limited. Email classes@writingitreal.com if you have questions for Sheila.
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Sampler Platter Online Class
Dates TBA

Enrollees will have four assignments: One in sudden nonfiction / flash fiction, one in persona writing, one in hermit-crab essay form, and one in epistolary form. Expect to create four fresh pieces of writing after reading inspiring models from published work. You’ll receive detailed response from Sheila and are encouraged to respond to your classmates’ work telling them what is particularly effective in their writing and where you wished for more. There are no refunds as class size is limited to five.Email classes@writingitreal.com if you have questions or need more information from Sheila Bender.
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Poetry Writing Workshop -
TBA

A four-week online workshop for those who want to get to work on new poems, two new drafts a week. We’ll use The Crafty Poet as a text and Sheila’s three-step response method known for helping people develop their work quickly and to great effect. Everyone receives Sheila’s detailed response to each of their eight pieces. Whether you work fresh from the prompts and model poems that Sheila offers the class or you use older work in new ways, this class will help you move your writing along toward polished poems. Email classes@writingitreal.com if you have questions or need more information from Sheila Bender. Fee is $120 for members. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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Writing Sudden Stories From Life Workshop
Dates TBA

In this four-week class, five group members work in an online classroom, each on their own time, with Sheila on writing four short stories from life modeled after flash fiction pieces by professional writers. People post their work (up to 1000 words each piece) and respond to one another’s work. Everyone receives Sheila`s detailed response to each of their pieces, responses that help writers develop their drafts for publication if they wish. Email classes@writingitreal.com for information about current start dates and openings. Fee is $120 for members. There are no refunds as class size is limited.
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Self-Schedule – Private Writing Tutorial
Develop One Piece Start to Finish

Concentrate on developing an article, personal essay or a poem. Work on something you’ve started already, or Sheila can offer you prompts to choose from and provide detailed response to your first draft and to two revisions. Initial draft can be up to 1500 words long and the tutorial must be completed within 30 days. The fee is $80.
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Self-Scheduled Classes

Self-Schedule — Generate Four Starts in One Week

Want to spend a week writing new pieces from guaranteed-to-work exercises so you can stock up your files and notebooks and stay in practice? Receive four prompts, one every other day. Send Sheila the writing you do from each of the four prompts and she will respond with advice on how to develop the exercise writing into a finished piece.

In this tutorial, all work must be done in one week’s time. The fee is $50.
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Custom Online Classes and Tutorials

Sheila is happy to facilitate your writing group or offer you a tutorial customized for your needs, pocket book and time. Email her at classes@writingitreal.com with your idea.

Other Online Class Opportunities with Sheila

International Association for Journal Writing (IAJW)

Those who journal for writing practice and want to deepen their ability with the writing craft will enjoy the several classes Sheila offers through the IAJW. Check the website for current classes and tutorials: International Association for Journal Writing

Writers.com

Sheila offers courses and tutorials on writing one’s way through grief as well writing articles from what you know. She runs tutorials for those writing graduate and undergraduate application essays. Visit writers.com for registration and information or email writers@writers.com.

Story Circle Network

Sheila currently offers classes in craft elements through Story Circle. Check the website for current schedule and information.