Make Your Writing Dreams Come True! Learn from Poet, Essayist and Author Sheila Bender

“Sheila, your critiques are spot-on and resonate with my own goals for my work – you see not only how to clarify and strengthen, but you see when the “deep” is missing. That, in particular, is so immensely helpful to me!”
~ Carol Coven Grannick

Current Online Class Schedule – Personal Essay Writing Workshop July 5 – August 9

Writing It Real in Lake Garda, Italy In-Person Workshop – September 21 – 28, 2017 

Join us for week of writing workshops, touring the area, eating fine cusine and lodging!

Practicing Creative Nonfiction, Poetry and Fiction Strategies for Writing the Essence is designed to help new and experienced writers of all levels and genres deepen their writing and stay unstuck. Whether you are beginning to write by journaling or have written and published poems, essays, articles, memoir or fiction, the strategies Sheila shares along with her special response method for helping writers’ grow their writing will further your writing endeavors. As a special offer, once we have returned from the trip, every participant will receive an hour of phone or Skype time with Marcella Smith, a former executive at Barnes and Noble, now a New York consultant to agents, publishers and writers.

Visit the Il Chiostro website for fee details and a full description of the writing workshop plus the activities we’ll share. Lake Garda, in northern Italy between Milan and Venice, is a dramatic setting that is sure to inspire your writing while providing a tranquil environment to concentrate on your craft.


View More Scheduled In-person Workshops – Various locations

Remember: When it comes to work-in-progress there is no bad writing, only opportunities for good writing. Beginning new work or reshaping older work? Sheila and the Writing It Real community will help you look into your creative nonfiction, memoir, personal essay, poetry and short fiction, for surprises and wisdom. Join Writing It Real today. It’s the “write” place for expert guidance and tremendously useful resources.