Online Classes

Workshop Style

Personal Essay Writing Workshop — November 12, 2014 – December 15, 2014 (an extra week added to accommodate the Thanksgiving Holiday!)

Sheila’s classic writing help for those interested in short memoir pieces (personal essay) and those working toward book-length memoir. In this 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 Sheila if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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Poetry Writing Workshop — November 10 through December 15, 2014 (an extra week added to accommodate the Thanksgiving Holiday!)

A four-week online workshop for those who want to get to work on new poems or revisit older ones. We’ll use optional prompts 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 drafts plus one revision of each. 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 Sheila if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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Writing Lyric Essays from Anecdotes, Observations and Remembered Lines – TBA

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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Epistolary Writing – The Power of the Letter Form — September 30, 2014 – October 28, 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 Sheila if you have questions or need more information.

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Writing Healthy Starts — 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. No refunds as class size is limited. Email Sheila if you have questions.

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Sampler Platter — 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 Sheila if you have questions.

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Writing Sudden Stories From Life — 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 Sheila for more information. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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Self-Scheduled Classes

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. Email Sheila to begin.

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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 2500 words long and the tutorial must be completed within 30 days. The fee is $95.

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Write Articles From What You Already Know

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 learning a process that will keep you writing articles from your knowledge and experience as well as figuring out where to publish them. Member price is $120; Non-members save $5 by joining and signing up at the same time for $150. If you have questions Email Sheila.

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Custom Tutorials

Make and Execute a Publishing Plan

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. To design a custom program, email Sheila.

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

More Ongoing Online Class Opportunities with Sheila

Women on Writing

Create Poems and Essays from Journal and Journal Style Entries.  Six-week class starts October 6. Learn more here.

International Association for Journal Writing

Those who journal for writing practice and want to deepen their ability with the writing craft will enjoy Journal Juice, a one week tutorial with Sheila aimed at keeping the writing interesting and surprising. Check the website for current classes and tutorials: International Association for Journal Writing

Writers.com

Sheila offers courses on writing one’s way through grief as well writing tutorials, including ones 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 independent study in writing the personal essay through Story Circle Network. Check here for additional info.