Faculty

       
Sheila Bender Sheila Bender is the founder and publisher of Writing it Real, a web community dedicated to helping those who write from personal experience. Her newest books include Writing Personal Essays: Sharing and Shaping Personal Experience, Writing in a Convertible, Sorrow's Words: Writing Exercises to Heal Grief, Creative Writing DeMystified, the memoir A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief and the poetry collection Behind Us the Way Grows Wider. She teaches on line and in-person at venues across the West.

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Currently teaching: Writing the Essence

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Elizabeth Brennan Elizabeth Brennan lives in Sonoma County, CA. Her prose poems have appeared in a variety of journals including The Prose Poem: An International Journal, Key Satch(el), Lift, Paragraph, Haikupix Review and ZYZZYVA. She is author of the chapbook Sewing Her Hand to the Face of the Fleeting (Quale Press). Her work is also included in the microfiction anthology Exposure, published in the UK by Cinnamon Press, October 2010, and Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems, edited by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Accents Publishing, 2011, as well as in the 2015 anthology Digging Our Poetic Roots: Poems from Sonoma County, edited by Sonoma County poet laureate Kathleen Hastings. Visit her blogs: Not a Through Road & Number the Pages.

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Currently teaching: The Language of Color Part 2

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Teresa Cutler-Broyles Teresa Cutler-Broyles spends her time writing novels, travel essays, academic chapters, and creative non-fiction. When she isn't writing she teaches at the University of New Mexico, USA, at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy, and online at Southern New Hampshire University and Story Circle Network.

Her passions include story-telling and myth, travel, the history of printing, historical research & preservation, ancient architecture, teratology, gardens, circuses, Italy, and writing about all of the above. Visit her websites (TLC Travels & TLC Writing Coach) and her blog.

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Currently teaching: Writing Your Hero's Journey

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Tina Games Tina Games is the author of Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother's Path to Self-Discovery. As a certified creativity and life purpose coach, and a master retreat leader and certified journal writing facilitator, she is the "Moonlight Muse" for women who want to tap into the "full moon within" and claim their authentic self, both personally and professionally. Through her signature coaching programs, based on the phases of the moon, Tina gently guides women from darkness into light as they create an authentic vision filled with purpose, passion, and creative expression. She lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her husband and their two teenagers. For more information about her work, please visit her website where you can pick up your complimentary New Moon Vision Board kit. Visit her blog.

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Currently teaching: Journal Your Way to a New Beginning Using the Wisdom of the Moon.

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Lynn Goodwin Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice. She's written You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing) and Talent (Eternal Press). She was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Award and won a Bronze Medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for Talent.

Goodwin's work has appeared in Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; The Sun; Inspire Me Today; Caregiver Village; Good Housekeeping.com, Purple Clover.com and elsewhere. She is a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network, and she is a manuscript coach here at Writer Advice. Her memoir about getting married for the first time at 62 has been picked up by Koehler Press and will be out in early 2018, but she always has time to write guest blog posts and answer questions. Visit her website and her blog.

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Currently teaching: Independent Study Program, Session 1 & Independent Study Program, Session 2.

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Len Leatherwood Len Leatherwood, Program Coordinator for SCN's Online Classes program, has been teaching writing privately to students in Beverly Hills for the past 17 years. She has received a state and national teacher award for the past 7 years from the Scholastic Artists and Writers Awards, the oldest and most prestigious writing contest for youth in the U.S. She is a daily blogger at 20 Minutes a Day, as well as a published writer of 'flash' fiction/memoir with pieces appearing in flashquake, longstoryshort, All Things Girl, SCN's True Words Anthology, Provo Canyon Review, as well as A Cup of Comfort Cookbook, currently available on Amazon. She was a nominee for a Pushcart Prize, the best of the small presses, in 2015.

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Currently teaching: The Power of Writing Short: How to Write Flash Fiction and Flash Memoir (All New Readings and Prompts)

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Lorraine Mejia Born in Minnesota to a Mexican Mother and German American father, Lorraine Mejia became a marathon runner, artist, editor, librarian, educator, poet, author, and storyteller. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a MLS in Youth Librarianship. Lorraine's poems have won several awards, and have appeared in anthologies such as Between the Heart and the Land/Entre el corazón y la tierra: Latina Poets of the Midwest and in literary journals including Willow Spring, Inkwell, and Calyx. Lorraine conducts her Wild Woman at My Door Women's Writing Workshop, inspired by her book Wild Woman at My Door, for groups of women to help them reconnect with their authentic selves. She has taught poetry classes to children, teens, and adults all around the country. Visit her website.

Currently teaching: Your Life in Poems and

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Linda Steele Linda Steele lives on Cape Cod. She earned her Bachelor's degree from UCLA and her Master's Degree from University of Texas, Dallas. She teaches college courses in English Literature and Writing and workshops related to food and story. She is the author of Meet Me in My Cape Cod Kitchen: Recipes for Seaside Living and is passionate about inspiring others to write. Visit her website & her blog.

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Currently teaching: Story & Food: Create a Unique Personalized Recipe Collection

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