Online Classes

Summer Reading Summer Writing

Dates: July 8 – August 12 Section Closed

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 five classmates. This class is meant to be a summer’s cool breeze! Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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


Poetry Writing Workshop

Dates: August 5 – September 9

For experienced poets and reluctant poets. Four optional prompts will get you writing and responses from me and up to six classmates will help you revise well. Join us in writing and posting four poems and four revisions of those poems, whether from the prompts or your own drafts waiting for response and development. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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


Personal Essay Workshop

Dates: September 12 – October 17

Write and share four essays or chapters from your memoir-in-progress, of about word length 2500 to 3000 words. Use optional prompts or send in essays and chapters that you’ve been already working on. Receive detailed response from me and your classmates as well as provide your responses to classmates’ drafts. We use a three-step response method guaranteed to help you get to a successful revision post-class with enthusiasm. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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


More Flash Fiction and Non-fictionn

Dates: October 2 – November 11

In this five-week class, six participants work in an online classroom, each on their own time, 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 by me and classmates, responses that help them develop their drafts for publication. Revisions, one per post, are allowed. Open to participants whether or not they have taken an earlier WIR flash class. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

Your Member Price: $140


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


Epistolary Writing – The Power of the Letter Form

Dates: November 7 – December 12  

Join our small group of six 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: $140


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


Writing Healthy Starts

Dates: December 2 – January 5, 2020

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. Participants say they have written well about new topics! New prompts each time the class is offered, so repeat as often as you like. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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

Contact Beth Bacon for her class dates, information and to register:  bacon24@comcast.net

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.

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 many others.  


Introduction to Scrivener

Contact instructor Beth Bacon for dates, information, and to register:  bacon24@comcast.net

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.


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.


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: $140


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: $140


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

Flash Fiction / Flash Non-fiction

Dates: TBA

In this five-week class, up to six 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 1000 words each piece) and respond to one another’s writing. Everyone receives detailed response from me as well as classmates to each of their pieces, responses that help writers develop their drafts for publication. Revisions, one per post, are allowed. We will discuss publishing options as the class goes along. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

Your Member Price: $140


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


You: Writing in the Second Person

Dates: TBA

Join five classmates in reading model personal essays in the second person, and, with inspiration from those successful strategies, writing four of your own up to 3000 words each over our weeks together. You’ll receive detailed response from me and from each of your classmates. In our final week, we will discuss publishing options for the pieces you have written. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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 — up to 3000 words each — with developmental and editing ideas. You’ll be joined by up to five classmates to share and receive responses to posted work. If you want to repeat the class, the articles will work again to inspire new writing. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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.