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June Newsletter of Personal Essay Writing
Vol. 15, No. 6 June 2015
© 2015 Carol Celeste All Rights Reserved ISSN 2168-7854

Well Art

* Carol's Comments
* Memoir Quote
* Article - "Memoir Writers on Healing"
* Course Offerings
* Personal Essay Topic to Write About NOW
* Become a Licensee
* Therapeutic Writing Fact
* Book Review
* Markets
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When this month ends another year will be half over and we will have amassed another six months of unchecked items on our to-do lists. What a gloomy prospect. On the cheerful side, we still have seven months (counting this one that has just started) to capture those lost opportunities.

June marks the beginning of summer which for many people is a time of relaxation, a change of routine, and a time of celebration. Some schools are out (they all used to close in summer), many groups suspend meetings, and people plan vacations. June is also a time to celebrate our dads, graduations, and weddings. But when those events are over, many weeks remain to fill with accomplishments before the fall routine resumes.

This is another perfect time to start writing your life stories for personal growth and healing (any time is a good time), and, perhaps, for sharing with others. Check the course offerings if you need motivation and feedback. Whether or not you plan to publish your work, you benefit from the writing. See what some professional writers say about writing, with or without publication, in the article. The book review below may give you ideas about which of your many stories to write and how to structure them.

If publication is your aim, find paying markets for your gems below and by clicking on the Paying Markets menu tab. Why not share your stories with the world? We're waiting.

Write to heal, write to grow, write to reflect,
Carol Celeste
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Memoir Quote: "Memoir is more than cathartic, it's finding out what matters, what it means." Amy Wallen, award-winning author and writing instructor
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All courses are conducted by email and begin every Friday. Compare the prices to other online personal essay courses and you'll realize the value offered. Meidabistro=$499, Gotham Writers Workshop=$395,$295 and up, Truby's=$449 to name a few. Don't wait another day. To register now or order a course as a gift visit Writing Courses.
These courses are now offered:
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WRITING TO SELL Writing to Sell.
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WTH,WTG writers say...

"Thanks, Carol, your comments are very helpful."

"Thank you so much for all your encouragement - I feel able to take some risks now and show what I've written to other people."

"I believe I have made writing progress from this course because I feel that I have learned how to put an essay together in a more logical way."

"Thank you for the detailed critiques and thoughtful attention to my assignments. Your feedback is tremendously helpful."
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ARTICLE - Memoir Writers on Healing
If you've written about your demons, you know the feeling of healing without undergoing clinical observations. But what happens when you publish those unpleasant experiences?

A recent article in The Christian Science Monito shared the opinions of three award-winning writers about writing and publishing their memoirs. Some descriptions they attributed to the process were "wrenching," "heartache," "melancholy," "rocky." Indeed, rehashing things we would rather forget leads to unpleasant moments. But these authors found that not facing life's traumas doesn't mean ridding the ache they cause. While the process itself was difficult, all three memoirists said the experience was, "healing." "freeing," "meaningful," "cathartic." None regretted the writing because it relieved them of the burden and helped them come to terms with their particular downer.

Publishing your chronicled worst moments, however, may lead to an unexpected consequences, if yours is a public name, at least. These writers find that public appearances have them talking about the very thing they hoped the writing would put in their past, and perhaps this would continue for the rest of their lives.

Most of us do not have to worry about our personal stories becoming so popular that we will be in high demand for continual talks about the healing that took place from our writing. But we will gain the benefit of dealing with our demons and healing from the damage that dwelling with them does to us. What we can learn from the experience of these writers is that the writing is worthwhile whether or not we want to publish and share. They also note that good therapy does not make for good writing. If publication is your goal, you need to work on the craft, perhaps even take a class, but start with your honest feelings for personal gain and worry about publishing later.

Read the entire article at: "Does Writing a Memoir help an author to heal?".
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Looking for something to write about? Here's a topic to inspire your inner self to emerge.

Compare summer vacation as a child and how you spend it now.
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Looking for extra income while you help people? Writing to Heal, Writing to Grow licenses let you set your own hours as a workshop facilitator. All instructions provided. Individuals, facilities and associations may lead these easy-to-conduct therapeutic writing workshops.

Individuals, facilities and associations may license and conduct these easy-to-lead therapeutic writing and discussion programs:
* Writing for Wellness - Why wait until a specific condition strikes to write to heal? Writing helps maintain good health. This four-week expressive writing and discussion course is designed to help adults maintain good health by: reducing stress levels, improving immune system function, working through negative emotional issues, and increasing working memory. Clinical studies indicate that those who are coached in expressive writing show the greatest improvement in stress levels and memory function. Learn more at: Wellness.
* Writing About Cancer - promotes healing and growth for patients and survivors. Visit Cancer to learn more.
* Writing for Personal Caregivers - contributes to stress reduction and coping. Visit Caregivers to learn more.
* Writing for Health Care Professionals - may be eligible for CEUs in your area. Visit Care Professionals to learn more.

You do not need to have special education to be a successful facilitator. What you do need is compassion for people, a desire to help others face their demons and heal, and the ability to talk to others in a group setting and market the workshops. All courses promote personal healing and/or growth. Each license comes with lecture material, a step-by-step facilitator guide, handouts and an evaluation survey. Begin your new career helping others. Email Licensing for details.
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Therapeutic Writing Fact
From:"Care for the caregiver: benefits of expressive writing for nurses in the United States," Progress in Palliative Care, Volume 17, Number 6, December 2009, pp. 307-312(6), various authors. "Writing improves health...through exposure, the process by which difficult emotions become less potent and more manageable...cognitive restructuring, which brings about new ways of thinking about stress that makes painful events less upsetting...improved self-regulation, which is the ability to cope with and regulate one's emotions....Expressive writing is a time-efficient and easy-to-use intervention to help nurses cope with job upheavals...."
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Book Review ~ Year of No Sugar by Eve O. Schaub
Year of No Sugar fits memoir nicely. Eve Schaub devised a plan to take her family on a year-long journey of eating no added sugar. Added sugar falls far short of no sugar, but does change life dramatically.

The issues faced by author, husband and daughters aged 6 and 11 are covered with wit. The author begins with the origin of the scheme, shares the sometimes contradictory things she learned about sugar and tells many tales of the impact no sugar had on her family and anyone who had contact with them. Just what we expect in memoir.

To gain family cooperation, the author made exceptions, such as their own birthday, one dessert per month plus Grandma's Christmas cookies and a one item exception allowable with no restrictions. All of their choices contained sugar or artificial sweeteners which are just as bad according to Schaub's research.

The biggest challenge they faced was finding anything they could eat. Sugar, it seems, is in everything, even totally savory things. This led to some lifestyle changes. Schaub began cooking almost everything from scratch and searched for sugar substitutes that were less dangerous than the real thing. Some recipes worked, others didn't. Eating in restaurants was especially distressing. Not only did they have to choose more expensive restaurants where food was actually prepared on the premises rather than brought in from elsewhere, they irritated wait staff and other waiting diners with their questions about the sugar content of everything they wanted to order requiring multiple trips to ask the chef.

The ending didn't satisfy as a good meal might, though. One of the improvements that Schaub quantified remains suspect. Both girl's school attendance improved considerably, but I have to wonder if one of the children's exemptions, being allowed to eat without restricitons away from home, including at school, wasn't the major influence, rather than the partial reduced sugar diet at home.
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Contact the source listed for details and to request guidelines. An extensive list of paying markets for personal essays appears at Markets. Writing to Heal,Writing to Grow does not screen or endorse these listings. Submit at your own risk and always check guidelines first. Good luck! If a link doesn't work search for the title.
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The Paris Review seeks new writers. This venerable publication has introduced many famous writers. If accepted, you will have esteemed company and a prestigeous item for your resume. Read past issues for content preferences and find more information at The Paris Review.

Sycamore Reivew takes personal essays and literary memoir and reads submissions from September 1 to March 31. Pays $50 and two copies. Page count not specified, but brevity is appreciated. So are wit and self-exporation. Subject matter open. Check more details at Sycamore Reivew.

Family Circlereaders are families with children aged 8 to 16. Content includes woman's personal experience pieces. Pays $1 per word for 1,000 to 2,500 words. Learn more at Family Circle.

The Spirit of America another Chicken Soup issue, is planned for the 15th anniversary of 9/11 next year (has it really been that long ago?). Stories are now being accepted for this anthology. They want to know what it means to you to be an American. Open to a huge range of topics. The usual limits of 1,200 words and pay of $200 plus ten copies apply. Deadline November 30. Learn how to submit and more information at: Chicken Soup. Scroll to the bottom of the page for this book entry. As you scroll, you may find another topic to write about.

Share personal essay markets you know about. Email them to and I'll add them to the website list.
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