Soul Stories Foundation

In this writing circle we play with story, we don’t force it, we dance with it, we trust our intuition and knowing and go with first thoughts. I'll teach you the craft of writing character, dialogue, setting and plot. You'll also learn how to banish your inner critic and embrace true expression. I guarantee this class will change your life in big and small ways or I will issue you a full refund!                                     
INTRO Four week course
. Cost: $249, limit 8 women
Fridays March 15, 22, 29 and April 5th from Noon to 2 (If you would like to join but this time doesn't work, please go to the sign up button and check other days and times that work. Another class will be starting in April.)


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Story Circle Newsletter
You'll receive an email ONCE a month listing new classes, free story circles times, writing exercises, scene visualization audio recordings, and more.

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About me and my promise to you



I've been writing and teaching for thirty years! My method of teaching is immersive, intuitive and open. The story is the driver not the rules or your inner critic. I will invite you to live inside a story before you write a word, and when you do write, your words will come from a deep well of knowing that is singularly you. I am the author of ten best-selling books on parenting, divorce recovery and women’s issues with over a million copies sold. As an editor and coach, I’ve helped hundreds of women with their fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, and self-help projects. I have an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University. 

I have a no rules, no limitations, no judgment, no wall too high or valley too deep to dabble in policy. I promise to weave a safety net that will hold you, whatever path you take into story exploration and expression. This is an invitation to observe, live within and experience your life stories through new glasses.  A place to move from being stuck in a story, sure of it’s meaning, to shifting the narrative, seeing more clearly, or even savoring the new details, all to free yourself.

Together . . .

Travel through an imaginal story portal to investigate the events of your life, to watch long held narratives transform into healing, life affirming wisdom.

Gain writing and storytelling skills to entertain and inform, play and vocalize, in a supported non-critical circle of women.


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Release the stories that bind you to a belief, idea, action, habit, relationship or event that might block light, love and creativity from flowing freely in your life.


A scene is an event happening in real time. It takes place somewhere (setting), has people in it (characters) who talk (dialogue), usually with purpose (action) that has some consequence (plot). Every lived experience exists within a scene. We will learn how to step into each scene as observer and investigator, to remember and feel the story, distilling the truth of the lived experience. Setting. Where did your memory take place? In order for a story to unfold it has to be grounded in place. To re-create a place, you need to go back to that place in your mind and collect details.


Are you being called to meet your true self? Do you wish to banish your inner critic forever?

Are you ready to play in your personal story sanctuary, where old beliefs and limitations are transformed into joyful self-understanding? Then say YES, and join me on the journey!

If you have a book in mind and want to join me for Bookbirth, a nine month expansive journey, from idea to rough draft of a book, click here for more information.


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    This imaginal process is powerful. It allows you to tap long forgotten memories in a safe and curious way, to bring richness and understanding to your soul. WHY DO THIS? So you can heal, forgive, and experience your life stories in a way that frees old beliefs, narratives, and relationships, so you can let go, be free, and live!

    And WHILE you uncover layers of your story you will learn to write your stories in scene, jumping into the middle of the juicy action, instead of dull journal entry recounting.

    STILL ON THE FENCE? Check out what my past students have to say!

    This class was

    Sheila is the most amazing writing teacher. She helps you touch parts of your life and experiences that you didn’t know existed. And then she gives you the confidence to put those experiences into words. I was awestruck by the way she held the space. I was able to heal on many levels. For me, this process opened up places in my heart that I had forgotten.
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    Lisa Smithshaman, healer, speaker
    Sheila’s methods always provide a way through the maze, inspiring new ideas and sometimes sending me off in completely unexpected directions! With Sheila’s easy-to-use exercises and visualization into scene, she helps quiet our inner critic, allowing us to fully express our feelings, exploring our own stories without fear.
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    Julia York
    Sheila’s enthusiasm for writing is contagious. Those times when I was ready to throw my manuscript in the trash, a class with Sheila would boost my confidence and spark new ideas to revitalize my work. She has a green thumb for growing new ideas and practical approaches for organizing them. The prompts she offers in her exercises are just what is needed when you’re stuck staring at a blank sheet of paper.
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    Judith RoyalArchetypal Astrologer
    Over the years, I toyed with putting thoughts on paper. It seemed daunting, I seemed unqualified. I had no idea how to start. Sheila’s enthusiasm and knowledge made the steps easy. I’ve written things that have excited me, some that have surprised me, and even a few that have blown me away. I have learned that there are words waiting to get out of me, I’m the only one who can access them, and Sheila’s expertise has been the key.
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    Brenda Herrington
    Like the best teachers, Sheila gives you the tools you need to write and makes sure you understand how to use them. Like the best coaches, she is a constant source of encouragement and motivation. Sheila teaches that for everything you remember about your life, there are important reasons why you remember, making it an incredible journey of self-discovery. Using Sheila’s techniques, you can actually unearth details about your life that were long forgotten.
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    Linda Strober
    She is passionate about the craft of writing, is a gifted teacher, and is skilled at helping others find their unique writing voice. When I entered my first class with Sheila I had no creative writing experience, however her fun and playful writing exercises quietened my inner critic and gave me permission to just let go and explore. The stories just flowed naturally. Sheila truly believes that each of our hearts are seeded with an infinite number of stories and as a teacher she makes the process of cultivating these seeds one of joyful discovery.
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    Lorna Vander Ploeg
    My purpose on this earth is to teach, heal, love and support women in any way I can. I will create a safe place for you to learn, explore and share.  I know how to unravel creative knots  with ease. I say with ease because I know your stories are alive within you just waiting to be invited to dance. I’m inviting you to play with story.