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

“Sheila, your comments and suggestions greatly improved my work. I appreciate the way this competition was structured.” ~ Rhonda Wiley-Jones

The next Writing It Real poetry, personal essay and short fiction contest is here!

Click here for guidelines and instructions. I look forward to your entries and to responding to each in detail so you can revise before our final judge takes over!
Already a member? Be sure to log in before you enter. Not a member yet? Become a member and enter the contest at the same time.


Join me in Tucson this November 17 and/or 18 for two all-day writing seminars through the Learning Curve. Click here for information and to register!

Near Port Townsend? I am teaching a day-long seminar in writing Flash October 20 at the Writer’s Workshoppe.

Join Us in Italy This Coming May:

Write! Write! Write! in Tuscany!

A small Group Workshop with Sheila Bender 

Visit Il Chiostro 
For information about 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.