Sheila Bender presents: “Shaping Life Experience for the Page”

Saturday, September 6

Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point

Morning Presentation: 10:00 – 12:00 (Free to members, $10.00 visitors)

How to craft memoir and creative nonfiction in a way that allows readers to feel they are living the experience with us. Find out:

  • What to includeSheila Bender
  • What to leave out
  • Where to start and where to end
  • Why does my experience matter
  • How does it resonate with others

Afternoon Workshop: 1:30 – 4:30 ($30.00 for members, $35.00 for guests)

“Getting to Essence: Techniques to reach the deepest, most vivid writing levels”

  • Start new work using lyric essay and flash writing techniques
  • Get unstuck on older work through a special 3-step response method
  • Gains skills for revising toward insight

Bring 1 to 4 pages of a current piece of work that you might like to revise. Or feel comfortable starting fresh with what we do in class.

Pre-registration requested for afternoon workshop:

For more information:

Sheila Bender has authored over a dozen books, including her prose memoir, A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a time of Grief, the poetry collection, Behind Us the Way Grows Wider, and instructional books, Creative Writing De-Mystified and Writing and Publishing Personal Essays. Bender teaches online at, the online instructional site she co-founded, as well as for Story Circle, Women on Writing, and the International Association for Journal Writing. She also teaches for Centrum Foundation and the Writers’ Workshoppe in Port Townsend, where she lives.


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