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Sheila Bender

Sheila Bender, poet, author, and writing instructor, is founder of Writing It Real, an online community for facilitating writing from personal experience via online classes, editing, coaching and more.

Her print publications include her memoir, A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief, Behind Us the Way Grows Wider, a collection of new and selected poems, Behind Us the Way Grows Wider, and over a dozen titles on writing, including Creative Writing DeMystified, Writing, Publishing Personal Essays, and A Year in the Life: Journaling for Self-Discovery.

She teaches regularly for writers' conferences and workshops around the country as well as university and college programs. She has served as 2013 Distinguished Lecturer On Writing Lyric Poetry at Seattle University and teacher of Centrum Foundation's fall 2014 Creative Nonfiction Writing Intensive. She believes that those who are compelled to write can bring their writing dreams to fruition. Learn more about her work and her writing at