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May Newsletter of Personal Essay Writing
Vol. 15, No. 5 May 2015
© 2015 Carol Celeste All Rights Reserved ISSN 2168-7854

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* Carol's Comments
* Memoir Quote
* Article - "The Value of the Written Word"
* Course Offerings
* Personal Essay Topic to Write About NOW
* Become a Licensee
* Therapeutic Writing Fact
* Book Review
* Markets
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May is a happening month. In the United States we celebrate Mothe's Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, among other holidays. Our Canadian friends celebrate Victoria Day and, in Quebec, National Patriot's Day. A number of religious remembrances occur in May, and we are jolted to the realization that almost half the year is behind us, forever lost.

It's a good time to note how the year is progressing and plan to catch up if you've fallen behind your intentions. What have you accomplished this year? Have you done any of the writing you vowed in January to complete before December? Have you even started any? Have you sent any work out for publication? If your answer is No to any or all, what's preventing you from putting your stories into written words? The article in this issue touts the value of writing and may inspire you to take up where you dropped off. Perhaps something write-worthy has happened to you or someone close to you recently, giving you a fresh topic to consider.

If you need even more inspiration, read the review dealing with a book in which writers share stories meant to kindle your writer's soul.

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: "I will write, and on the night when I die, my children will know me." Dierdre W. Honnold, writer
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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.
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WRITING TO SELL Writing to Sell.
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WTH,WTG writers say...

"Your assignments were fun, serious and always thought provoking. I was always surprised at the direction the essays directed themselves toward."

"I looked forward to the assignment choices which were varied and sometimes hard to choose among because I wanted to write on them all!"

"Your input rang true and you spotlighted what I need to do to get to the next level in my writing."

"I think the cost for editing the essays alone is excellent value."
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ARTICLE - The Value of the Written Word
We all know the pen is mightier than the sword and, as readers, that information and enjoyment come from multiple written sources. And The Writing Well touts the therapeutic benefits of writing our own stories. But the value of writing goes much fruther than that.

Studies and clinical trials galore indicate that writing about traumas, or any difficult situations, results in improved health for many people dealing with a number of chronic and serious ailments. Each new study seems to motivate others to try a study of their own, with the same condition or with one not yet subjected to the writing test. These studies have compiled some impressive data on improved physical and mental health as a result of writing honestly about our thoughts and feelings regarding the trials of our lives. Articles appear in professional journals and many make it into mainstream publications. But many testimonies come from non-professionals who write about a variety of things outside the bounds of professional therapy sessions.

Many people decide to write their stories with no awareness of the health benefits and find, often with amazement, that they feel better after putting their inner feelings into written words. I have seen many small publication items and blog posts in which the writers say they found the writing process therapeutic, cathartic or some other synonym for relief from angst. They did not expect that result from the writing, and often don’t know why they wrote about the situation.

Formal studies have revealed that the act of writing changes brain function in ways that reduce stress and boost your biological, psychological and behavioral profiles. These changes occur whether you are involved in a medically supervised trial or a self-directed writing episode. The more personal you get in your observations, the greater the gain because your mind delves into areas that need delving but that you generally try to ignore. Appreciate the value of writing to your good health and set up a writing program today. It's always a good time to write your stories.
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Looking for something to write about? Here's a topic to inspire your inner self to emerge.

Write about a trait that you attribute to your mother.
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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:What Story Are You Living?: A Workbook and Guide to Interpreting Results from the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator, by Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D. "We connect by telling each other stories. We can better understand ourselves by recognizing and exploring our life narratives. Your life story is the tale that you repeatedly tell yourself about who you are, what you want, and what you can and cannot do."
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Book Review ~ Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit of Writers by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Bud Gardner
Like all books in the Chicken Soup series, those labeled authors of the edition are really editors, or more accurately, compilers. In this case, several of the stories were written by one of the "authors" but most were not. Entries in this second round of works by writers for writers and aspiring writers, come from many well-known authors, and a few you probably haven't heard of, let alone read. What they have in common is they all have published work and lived the writer’s life in one way or another.

The subtitle indicates this is not a book on craft. You will find no instructions on how to write well, or poorly. The topic is what it takes to become published. The stories are divided into sections such as How I Became a Writer, Living Your Dream, Writer's Life, and The Power of Perseverance.

Nearly every successful writer survives obstacles on an often long path to their goals. Achievement comes from perseverance. A trio of books called Rotten Rejections, Rotten Reviews, and Rotten Reviews II, shares actual scathing comments received by authors of works now considered classic studies in good writing before they reached that glory. The Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul collection shares a variety of events that might have turned most people away from writing. These writers share their close calls with that happening and prove that perseverance does pay.

People find inspiration in different places, so not all of the entries may cause you to and hit the keyboard. You may even wonder how some stories can be considered inspirational at all. But there is enough diversity in the points of view for everyone to find helpful nuggets that make the writing effort seem worthy. If you struggle to continue shaping your life in words, Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul may be what you need to connect to those who have been in your position and prospered.

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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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Bellevue Literary Review awards $1,000 to the winner and $250 to honorable mentions. Takes 2,000 to 4,000 words on the themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body for the Spring contest. Deadline July 1. Fee $20. Find details at Bellevue Literary Review.

Back Home magazine aims to help people take control of their lives. Pays $35 per printed page. Looks for first-person articles based upon actual experience in the fields of gardening, home construction and repair, workshop projects, cooking, crafts, outdoor recreation, family activities and vacations, livestock, home business, home-based and other education, and community/neighborhood action. Check details at Back Home.

Psychology Todaypays $250 for 1,500-word two-minute memoirs about "something unusual" in a first person story of growth. You don't need psychology credentials or writing experience, just a great story well told. Learn more at Psychology Today.

Outpost Magazine negotiates pay for each submission. Covers adventure travel and culture (an adventure in itself) in a unique and insightful way. Word count 1,00 to 1,500. For details and samples Outpost Magazine,scroll to the bottom and click on Contribute (runs onto Advertsing.) When you see how long the link is you'll know why.

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