Tutorials

Custom Tutorials

Self-Scheduled Classes

Generate Four Starts in One Week

Want to spend a week writing new pieces from guaranteed-to-work exercises so you can stock up your files and notebooks and stay in practice? Receive four prompts, one every other day. Send Sheila the writing you do from each of the four prompts and she will respond with advice on how to develop the exercise writing into a finished piece. In this tutorial, all work must be done in one week’s time. Email Sheila to begin.

Your Member Price: $80


Not a member? A Lifetime Membership To Writing It Real is included with this workshop for an additional $45.00.


Develop One Piece Start to Finish

Concentrate on developing an article, personal essay or a poem. Work on something you’ve started already, or Sheila can offer you prompts to choose from and provide detailed response to your first draft and to two revisions. Initial draft can be up to 2500 words long and the tutorial must be completed within 30 days. Email Sheila to start.

Your Member Price: $95


Not a member? A Lifetime Membership To Writing It Real is included with this workshop for an additional $45.00.


Write Articles From What You Already Know

If you have mastery vocationally or avocationally and want to mine what you know to write articles you can be paid to publish, you’ll enjoy learning a process that will keep you writing articles from your knowledge and experience as well as figuring out where to publish them. Email Sheila to start.

Your Member Price: $120


Not a member? A Lifetime Membership To Writing It Real is included with this workshop for an additional $45.00.


Sorrow’s Words: Writing Exercises to Heal Grief

Using the book Sorrow’s Words: Writing Exercises to Heal Grief, available in print and ebook form, enrollees will have the opportunity to use Sheila’s writing exercises to concentrate on writing about loss. Each participant will receive her detailed response to their writing as well as direction in what other pieces they might write each week. She will respond to up to two pieces of writing by each participant each week. These exercises are based on the ones she used to heal her own grief as well as ones she created for many classes on writing from grief. There are six chapters in the book and you will work from them all over six weeks together. Whether your loss happened a while ago or is recent, is about a person or an opportunity, a marriage or something health-related, the exercises will help you write and heal. To see more about how this works, you may be interested in this Writing It Real article and a member’s comment just after it in which she begins to write about the loss of her father.  Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as the class size is limited.

Your Member Price: $150


Not a member? A Lifetime Membership To Writing It Real is included with this service for an additional $45.00.


Make and Execute a Publishing Plan

Many of you are ready to publish essays, poems, articles and books but need someone to hold your hand to get the process started and to take action. To design a custom program, email Sheila.


More Ongoing Online Class Opportunities with Sheila

Women on Writing

Several classes here: Make a Scene, From Fragments to Finished Poems and Essays, and Write Short, Write Deep, each six weeks.  Learn more here (remember to scroll through the list of offerings to find these three).

Story Circle Network

Sheila teaches several classes for Story Circle Network. Check the website for dates for Persona Writing, Using the Epistolary Form, Writing is a Friend with Extraordinary Benefits, Writing the Essence: Using short forms to write memoir, Reading/Writing and Writing in a Convertible with the Top Down.