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September Newsletter of Personal Essay Writing
Vol. 16, No.9 September 2016
© 2016 Carol Celeste All Rights Reserved ISSN 2168-7854

Well Art

* Carol's Comments
* Memoir Quote
* Article - "Why Do People Write/Read Memoirs?"
* Course Offerings
* Personal Essay Topic to Write About NOW
* Become a Licensee
* Therapeutic Writing Fact
* Markets
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Life brings unexpected twists from time to time, and this is one of those times for me. So this issue comes a little late and shorter than usual. As deadline approached I noticed a shadow in my field of sight. But how I noticed it was bizarre. I could see fine unless I moved the effected eye all the way to the right and closed the other eye. In that position, a shadow appeared to the left of the open eye. I had no reason to get in position to make the discovery. It had to be divine intervention. Unable to see my primary doctor for several weeks to get a referral, I consulted an advice nurse through my insurance. The surprising advice was to get to ER immediately. Within minutes an ophthalmology nurse called and said to forget ER and go directly to her office. ER couldn’t help and would only delay reaching someone who could. The diagnosis was a detached retina. I felt no pain and could still see fine with both eyes open. Very strange. Some restrictions imposed post-op were difficult to deal with and computer use was the one I found most difficult.

Here's an assignment for you. How many aspects of this experience can you think of to explore with personal essays?

Our life events often contain material for multiple essays. See how many themes you can fashion from a similar time in your life. And when the writing is done, share your stories with the world. Find paying markets on the tab above.

Write to heal, write to grow, write to reflect,
Carol Celeste
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Memoir Quote:"Just the act of writing down memories and conversations makes them easier to remember, even if you don’t have the papers they’re written on as reference." Nikki Moustaki, writer of the memoir The Bird Market of Paris.
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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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WTH,WTG writers say...

"Thank you for your helpful comments and the great course material."

"I liked the convenience of getting the lecture and assignment at home."

"I also liked the set-up and the pace of the course. I thought it was excellent."

"I have gained confidence in my personal writings from the feedback in this course."
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ARTICLE - Why Do People Write and Read Memoirs?
Long before humans invented writing we told stories. The earliest depictions of stories in more permanent forms than memory—the first recorded stories—appeared in cave drawings, stone carvings and papyrus writings, and they dealt with life experiences. They were memoirs. Dangers encountered by hunters, an unknown plant found by gatherers, were shared with those not present for the event.

We seem to have an innate need to express ourselves to others. We still express ourselves orally in many ways: rehashing the day with a spouse or friend, emailing our latest news to relatives, texting or tweeting our life in real-time, humiliating ourselves on TV shows designed to publicly rattle our skeletons. But we also express our personal stories through writing.

Writing is much more intimate and takes less courage (or foolhardiness) than live appearances. We don't have to face readers who may think poorly of us. We don't even have to show others what we write. We do have to face ourselves and that's one reason we're drawn to write memoirs. Life-story writing involves self-exploration and often results in catharsis, problem solving, and healing. It teaches life lessons to children and to adults who face similar situations as ours, if we share them. Sometimes the need to write comes from a narcissistic belief that we have a unique, fascinating story to tell that the world wants a peek at. And we may be right.

People seem to be natural voyeurs. We love to read about other people, in magazine articles and newspaper columns, on blogs and in books. Memoir remains a popular genre. Other peoples' stories inspire us, entertain us, intrigue us, let us escape from ourselves, and make us delve within ourselves. They teach us about other times and cultures, other opinions and philosophies. They let us experience lives we’d like to live and appreciate the lives we do live.

Writing our memoirs and reading those of others'takes us to places we'd never know without that impetus, some of them deep within ourselves.
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Looking for something to write about? Here's a topic to inspire your inner self to emerge.

Write about how your life changes when fall arrives.
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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:"The Efficacy of Life-Review as Online-Guided Self-help for Adults: A Randomized Trial" by Sanne M.A. Lamers University of Twente, The Netherlands, "Life-review is effective as self-help for middle-aged and older adults with moderate depressive symptomatology compared with a waiting list group. Future research should investigate whether stimulating ego-integrity and reducing rumination enhance the effects of the intervention."
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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 Boston Globe Magazine publishes first-person essays on relationships (romantic as well as those between friends, siblings, and parents and children) of 650 words. Pay varies. Check details at Boston Globe Magazine.

Sequestrum New Writer Awards are open to writers who have not published a book-length manuscript. Submitted works must be unpublished. Prizes of $200, $25 and $50 plus publication for a total purse of $500. Fee $15 for one entry up to 12,000 words or two pieces of 1,000 words or fewer. Deadline October 15. Learn more at Sequestrum.

The Wonder Institute Annual Essay Contest invites all writers to enter unpublished essays on the topic "What is Your Life Purpose?" Word count 1,500 max. Winner paid $1,000 and publication. Honorable Mentions may also be published. Deadline Nov. 1, fee $20. Submission details at: Wonder Institute.

Pentimento, Journal of All Things Disability akes essays from those with disabilities and members of the assisting community. Pays $25 to $250 for up to 6,000 words. Takes some children’s work. Check the details at: Pentimento.

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