I find Sheila’s feedback to be some of the very best I have ever received to help me move my writing to better, higher, deeper levels.
I’m still pinching myself…to have found you as a teacher is simply a miracle. This is the first time in a while that I can see how to take my writing up another notch.
I feel like you really are able to get under our skin and feel and see what’s important to us, and say that back to us complete with suggestions of how to say it better. This has been an incredible gift to me, and others too, I’m sure. (I cried a lot as I read your response.)
This is the best writing class, the best group of writers and the best teacher I have ever worked with.Thank you, all of you, for helping me along this path and kicking me in the behind to keep me writing!
I had been searching for a writing class online for years and have tried so many but they all left me empty…. yours has filled me with energy and a spark that has ignited my psyche!
The essay you helped me with, “Of Birds and Bees and Spiders, Too” won 1st place in the Arapahoe Community College Literary Contest in the nonfiction category. (That was the essay about deciding whether or not to help a bumblebee out of a black widow spider’s web.) I incorporated your comments and apparently it worked! Thank you again for your spot-on editor’s eye!
You are so careful, Sheila, to edit out without adding in. It is like this: I ride the horse and do it well, but have no idea that I have not asked the horse to really run to win. I am just riding the horse well. You take your seat in the saddle, put the horse through its paces and then release him to really run, haunches bunched, breathing hard, riding the rail, tail flying, nostrils flared, to cross the finish line under the wire to win. You trot back to hand me the reins and say, “See how it’s done?” Like it is all in a day’s work.
Sheila has the unique ability to take a writer’s rough narrative and identify the essence that could be developed into a worthwhile literary piece. Sheila’s careful feedback helps writers revise, compress, and expand, whatever the piece needs.
—Mary Ellen Talley
… this has been a very productive class for me. I’ve learned a lot and feel like I have grown a lot in the process.
You’re a generous and insightful teacher.