Online Classes

Introduction to Scrivener

Dates: June 16 – July 16, 2017 This class is now full. Next section TBA.

Introduction to Scrivener. 

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 4 class instructional videos created by the instructor, 4 “how-to” videos, and 4 homework assignments as well as online access to the instructor for answers to your questions and those of your classmates.

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MORE Writing Healthy Starts

Dates: TBA

Using an online classroom, participants post (everyone on their own time) one, two or three freewrites (100 to 500 words each) per week based on prompts (all new so don’t worry if you’ve taken this before). Posted work receives my detailed response, responses that help writers develop their exercise results into poems, stories or essays. I want to keep you writing over the spring holiday time. Don’t fall out of practice — use this time to create possibilities for new work or to deepen what you’ve already been writing.

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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


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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.

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Poetry Writing Workshop

Dates: TBA

In this five-week online workshop for those who want to get to work on new poems or revisit older ones, you will receive optional prompts and learn Sheila’s three-step response method known for helping people develop their work quickly and to great effect. Everyone receives Sheila’s detailed response to each of four poem drafts plus one revision of each. Whether you work fresh from the prompts and model poems that Sheila offers the class or you use older work in new ways, this class will help you move your writing along toward polished poems.  Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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Online Personal Essay Writing Workshop

Dates: July 5 to August 9 for five weeks; enrolling now!

Receive Sheila’s classic writing help for those interested in writing short memoir pieces (personal essay) and those working toward book-length memoir. In this class, five group members work together in an online classroom, everyone on their own time, to learn how to develop each of four essays/chapters they post. Each participant responds to the essays of classmates and each receives Sheila’s detailed response to all four of their essays. The group will learn an empowering three-step response method, renowned for encouraging authors’ abilities to shape their work and revise effectively. Whether you work from the prompts and model essays offered or you use other work you want to write and learn how to revise, this class will help you move your writing along. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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More Write! Write! Write Some More!  Writing Exercises for Writing Prose from Personal Experience

Dates: New section TBA

Work with Sheila over five weeks using 3 of the articles from her ebook Write, Write, Write: 7 Dynamite Instructional Articles for Those Who Want to Write Prose plus a new one to create four pieces of new writing. If you’ve taken Write!Write!Write! these will be new to you. If you haven’t take that class, go ahead and take this one and the other when I offer it again. The articles have helped many writers write surprising material and deeply without struggle. You will receive response to each of your pieces from four classmates and from Sheila. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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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.

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Sampler Platter

Dates: TBA

Enrollees will have four assignments over five weeks: One in sudden nonfiction / flash fiction, one in persona writing, one in hermit-crab essay form, and one in epistolary form. Expect to create four fresh pieces of writing after reading inspiring models from published work. You’ll receive detailed response from Sheila and are encouraged to respond to your classmates’ work telling them what is particularly effective in their writing and where you wished for more. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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Sorrow’s Words: Writing Exercises to Heal Grief

A Tutorial, Start Any Time

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.

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Flash: Sudden Fiction and Non-fiction

Dates: TBA

In this four-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 1000 words each piece) and respond to one another’s writing. Everyone receives my detailed response to each of their pieces, responses that help writers develop their drafts for publication. Email if you have questions. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

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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.

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More Ongoing Online Class Opportunities with Sheila

Women on Writing

Several classes here: Make a Scene, The Five-Minute Memoir, Write Short, Write Deep, and others, each 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, Reading/Writing and Writing in a Convertible with the Top Down as well as Writing to Heal.