Online Classes

Writing Craft Skills and Techniques for All Genres
Next Four-Week Section starts December 7

Sponsored by Il Chiostro 

Class includes four class zoom sessions with workshopping
and a half-hour individual consult with Sheila.

Click here for full description and to register at Il Chiostro.


Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor–How Editing Helps You Find Your Way
Choose from Two Sections, 4 participants each

Join three others and learn to look into writing for development. Each week the four participants will post a piece of prose writing of up to 2500 words or 4 poems in a private Google Group for classmates and the instructor to see before our Saturday sessions. The instructor will lead a discussion of the piece and show the group how developmental editing works to help bring it to completion. This class is intended for work on pieces the writer feels are unsatisfactory. We will help the writer find the blocks in the writing and learn how to open them up. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

Section One 1 spot available
Meets Sundays 12 PM to 2 PM (Pacific time)
Every Other Week 11/15, 11/29, 12/13, 12/27 


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

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Section Two
Meets Sundays 12 PM to 2 PM (Pacific Time)
Every Other Week 11/8, 11/22/, 12/6, 12/20 1 spot available


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


Poetry Writing Workshop
Dates: 11/30 to 1/4/2021  Class sections filled

Offered Again 5/19 – 6/16

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, if you’d like, 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.


Writing in the Epistolary Form-Letters to Santa and Other Mythical Characters to Keep You Writing Humorously or Seriously Over the Holidays

(You may find that you use one of the letters as your holiday or annual letter to friends and family.)

Dates: 12/9 to 1/13/2021  Cancelled

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 letterform. 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.


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
January 6 to February 10

Six Video Lessons with Sheila and Zoom Time Twice (1/19 and 2/16) at 11 AM Pacific time) for an hour and a half)
During Our Six Weeks Together

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 during our zoom sessions mid class and end of class, as well as direction in what other pieces they might write. 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 our 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. You may post your writing in a private class Google Group for classmates to read. There are no refunds after the first lesson is sent.


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


Personal Essay Workshop
Dates: 1/8 – 2/5

Write and share four essays or chapters from your memoir-in-progress, of up to 2500 to 3000 words. Use optional prompts or send in essays and chapters that you’ve been already working on. Receive detailed response from Sheila 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.


Winter Zoom!

In-Class Writing and Responses – Your Writing Will Surprise You!
Just like the Healthy Starts Class But Live

Join Sheila and five participants in a writing workshop. You will write from Sheila’s prompts in two ten-minute timed writing and then share what you wrote for responses and ideas of where to take that writing next. And you’ll leave class with a third prompt to use during the week and share the following week. There are no refunds as class size is limited.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Section (Pacific time)
Saturdays: 2/6 – 2/27, 2021


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

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2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Section (Pacific time)

See You Next Time!


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: 2/10 – 3/10, 2021

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 2500 to 3000 words each over our weeks together. You’ll receive detailed response from me and from each of your classmates. 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-fiction
4/7 – 5/5, 2021 

In this five-week class, six participants work in an online classroom, each on their own time, writing four short stories from life or the imagination 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 Sheila 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.


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


Summer Reading and Summer Writing
Dates: 5/28 – 6/25 2021

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.


Writing Healthy Starts
Dates: TBA

Over four weeks, 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 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.


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 weeks 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.


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


Where Story Begins
Yesim Cimcoz, Instructor

Section Filled, Next TBA

Author Yesim Cimcoz believes any form of writing begins in a place within, a place where your soul cracked. It may be a small crack or a large one, you may or may not be aware of it but that is the place from which the stories you’ve gathered all your life, begin to seep out. Whether you want to write fiction, non-fiction, a poem, a novel or a short story…no matter what shape you want your stories to come out, they have to travel through you before they take shape. This workshop aims to give you the courage to dig for those stories. Lessons include articles and prompts to help you write without fear and anxiety. You’ll quiet the inner critic and enjoy writing for writing’s sake without worrying about sentence structure, punctuation, or literary value as you seek stories, which arrive from a deeper place. Over the weeks, you will receive specialized response from Yesim and up to five classmates on four of your writings.

Yesim Cimcoz holds a BA in Creative Writing from George Mason University and an MA in teaching adults. She has been teaching creative writing workshops, writing to heal workshops and writing the heroine’s journey workshops in group sessions, and online for the past 25 years. She founded and owns the Writing House, a creative writing center, and online school for creative writing workshops. She is the author of two books in Turkish on creative writing and a collection of short fiction. Her books are now being translated into English. Visit her at https://sanalyazievi.com/ Ask Google to translate!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. Sheila 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, Writing with Transitions. and Using Images to Show, Not Tell. Each is six weeks.  Learn more here.