Online Classes

Poetry Writing Workshop

Dates: 8/20 – 9/24/18 (Spots open in a second section enrolling now for August 20th start!)  and another poetry section to begin on 1/21/19 -2/25/19

For experienced poets and reluctant poets. Four optional prompts will get you writing and responses from me and your classmates will help you revise well. Join us in writing and posting four poems and four revisions of those poems.

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


Flash Fiction / Flash Non-fiction

Dates: 10/5/18 to 11/5/18 and More Flash 11/7/18 – 12/7/18

In this five-week class, five group members work in an online classroom, each on their own time, on writing four short stories from life modeled after flash fiction pieces by professional writers. Participants post their work (up to 750 or so words each piece) and respond to one another’s writing. Everyone receives detailed response to each of their pieces, responses that help writers develop their drafts for publication. Revisions, one per post, are allowed.

Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

Your Member Price: $120


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


Writing More Healthy Starts

Dates: 12/10/18 – 1/5/19 All New Prompts!

Write three starts a week of up to 500 words each from prompts especially designed to lead to finished pieces. I will respond to the writings with ideas about how the starts might grow.

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


You: Writing in the Second Person

Dates: 9/18/18 to 10/23/18

Read model personal essays in the second person and with inspiration from those successful strategies, write four of your own over our weeks together. You’ll receive detailed response from me and from up to four classmates.

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


Writing for Young Readers – Words of Honesty, Hope, and Wonder

Dates:  Taught by Beth Bacon, January 9 – February 6

Childhood is a magical time for reading—and for writing. If you’ve ever wanted to write for children, here’s a great introduction. The group will focus on picture books (target audience is ages 0-5), middle-grade writing (4-6th grade), and/or Young Adult books (7th grade through 12th grade). In four weeks, participants will submit one piece per week. Each can be a response to one of four optional prompts, or you can submit whatever work inspires you. Weekly word count per piece for middle grade or YA is 1200 words or you may submit a single picture book manuscript of 500-1200 words as a weekly piece.Your feedback includes a detailed response from the instructor and comments from the class members. You’ll also receive links to craft essays focused on kid-lit and reading lists of exceptional children’s writing.

Instructor Beth Bacon received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of I Hate Reading, a book for reluctant readers, as well as others. Member price $150. Email for more information

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


Summer Reading Summer Writing

Dates: TBA

Read from model short fiction stories and create one of your own each week for four weeks. Receive detailed response from me and from up to four classmates. This class is meant to be a summer’s cool breeze!

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


Write, Write, Write!

Dates: TBA

Four inspiring Writing It Real articles will get you started on writing that is smarter than you thought you could be. I will respond in detail to each of the four new essays with developmental and editing ideas. You’ll be joined with up to four classmates and share your responses to their work as well as receive their responses to yours.

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


Personal Essay Workshop

Dates: 1/14/19 – 2/18/19

Write and share four essays or chapters from your memoir-in-progress, of about word length 2500 or so. Use optional prompts or send in essays and chapters that you’ve been already working on. Receive and provide a detailed response from and to your classmates. My detailed responses are made with an eye toward helping you revise without distress. We use a three-step response method guaranteed to help you get to a successful revision post-class.

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


More Ongoing Online Class Opportunities with Sheila

Women on Writing

Several of Sheila’s classes rotate here: Make a Scene, The Five-Minute Memoir, Write Short, Write Deep, and others including one for journaling for writers and another for writing the personal essay. Each is six weeks.  Learn more here ( scroll through the list of offerings to find these).

Story Circle Network

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


Sorrow’s Words: Writing Exercises to Heal Grief

A Tutorial, Start Anytime

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 after the first lesson is sent.

Your Member Price: $150


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


And More 

Introduction to Scrivener

TBA

Introduction to Scrivener, taught by Beth Bacon
Scrivener is a powerful software application for writers that stores your writing, notes, and documents, and aids you in creating outlines and having the ability to move around the various sections of your project. For the class, you will download and use a free 30-day trial of the software and find out what it can do for you. The class includes many class instructional videos created by the instructor and 4 homework assignments as well as online access to the instructor for answers to your questions and those of your classmates.

Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

Your Member Price: $120


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


Befriending the Giant  –  How Amazon Can Help You Realize Your Publishing Dreams

Dates TBA

Whether you have work you want to publish singly or as a book-length manuscript in print and/or digitally, this class will teach you what you need to know to do it as well as explain opportunities you hadn’t considered. We’ll take six weeks to cover the video’s segments. It should be very easy to play the video using your browser – whether that is Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari or another.  We’ll show you how, if you run into trouble. If you want to understand the resources Amazon has for writers who want to publish, this video and group discussion class is for you. You’ll have Terry Persun as your guide in the videos and both Terry and myself as your guides in the Google Group classroom we’ll establish for class members to post their publishing assignments each week. You don’t need a manuscript already prepared to use the tools Terry will explain. You’ll be acquainted with them when you do have work to publish. Or you can go ahead and use the class to get work you are ready to publish out there.

Email Sheila if you have questions. There are no refunds once you have registered.

Your Member Price: $150


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


Epistolary Writing – The Power of the Letter Form

Dates: TBA

Join our small group of five in studying epistolary literature in poems, fiction and essays. Emulate the strategies professional writers have used in the letter form to create four fresh works of your own. Everyone receives detailed response from Sheila and four classmates for help in drafting revisions and understanding the strengths of what they have created using the letter form. Over our five weeks together, you’ll receive links to admiral examples of published epistolary writing and the opportunity to post four of your own epistolary form essays. Email Sheila if you have questions or need more information. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

Your Member Price $120.00


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


Writing Lyric Essays from Anecdotes, Observations, and Remembered Lines

Dates TBA

Over five weeks, learn the building blocks of the lyric essay, write the blocks and then combine them into two nicely lengthy lyric essays. Sheila will provide the prompts that help you write each of the many blocks, and she will guide you in combining the blocks and then in revising and expanding what you have created so that you wind up the class with two moving lyric essays. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

Your Member Price: $120


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


Fiction Writing Workshop – Short Stories and Novel Chapters

Dates TBA

In this five-week class, each of five participants will post four short stories or novel chapters, one a week, for detailed response from Sheila as well as from classmates. You’ll learn the impact your stories make and where they need more development to do so strongly. In the five week’s it takes to post four stories and give and receive response, you’ll raise your writing to the next level. Sheila will share optional prompts for those wanting to begin new stories. The prompts will also work to help you deepen stories you have already written. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

Your Member Price: $120


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