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 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

Read all about it! 2018 Writing Contest! Detailed response from Sheila Bender on drafts you may revise for the guest judge. Theme: A New Season
Guest Judge: Kelli Agodon, poet and founder of Two Sylvias Press.

Current Online Class Schedule –  Writing for Young Readers, Using Scrivener, Personal Essay, Poetry and More!

Early Notice
Kahini Writers’ Workshop
December 9-16, Puako, Hawaii

Il Chiostro 
Writing It Real in Tuscany, Italy

May 21 – June 1, 2019!
Personalized writing workshop, tour of the area, fine cuisine and villa lodging!


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.