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

“I have been working with Sheila for 10 years. I will say this: she is the best writing instructor I’ve ever had and I’ve been studying writing with many different instructors for about 45 years. She never makes you feel as if you have failed with a writing and should just give up. She gives you positive encouraging feedback with specific concrete suggestions for improvement and extension. I think everyone should give her classes a try.” ~ Elizabeth Marie Wampler

Current Online Class Schedule – New! Introduction to Scrivener 6/16 to 7/16

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

With the tumult of our days since the US November election, travel may not have been at the top of your list. So here’s another chance: we are extending our early bird fee reduction for my writers’ workshop this fall. Instead of the quoted $2,495 p/p for a limited time we will offer the same program for only $2,095. That is for a 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 I share along with my special response method for helping writers’ grow their writing will further your writing endeavors.

Visit the Il Chiostro website for 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.

The $2,095 fee (reduced for six weeks only, ending June 15, 2017) includes most meals, your hotel room (based on double occupancy; single rooms available for a modest supplement), excursions to explore this scenic area around Garda, Italy’s largest lake, our first night in storybook Verona as well as writing instruction and one-on-one consults on your writing. 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.

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.