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

“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.)” ~ Marianne Vincent

Classes on writing poetry, personal essays, lyric essays, letter form essays,
and essays from in-depth writing exercises.

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Writing It Real Contest 

Writing It Real Fall 2016 Writing Contest, Any Topic, Reading Period October 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017

Enter eight poems or up to 3750 words of prose. Receive Sheila’s detailed response to your writing within a week and the opportunity to submit a revision by the end of the reading period. Click here for information and to enter.

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.