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February Newsletter of Personal Essay Writing
Vol. 21, No. 2 February 2021
© 2021 Carol Celeste All Rights Reserved ISSN 2168-7854

* Carol's Comments
*Therapeutic Writing Fact
* Writing Quote
*"Write to Help"
* Course Offerings
*Personal Essay Topic to Write About NOW
* Markets
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This stay-at-home life may have changed perspective on some issues. Many of you are dealing with home learning for your children. That has brought attention for the need to socialize and how in-person (an adjective that hasn't been necessary before) school interferes with the mental state of everyone, but especially children. No surprise, writing about difficult times helps children as well as adults deal with life's traumas. In the early days of the expressive writing movement, cancer patients received by far the most attention by those advocating writing as a therapy. If you know a teen dealing with a cancer situation, check the first market mentioned. Children are just as impacted as adults from the pains of cancer in a family. And writing about it can ease the effects.

If you haven't tried to publish your own work yet, consider the other markets listed. Publications are still looking for material and COVID has not lessened the need. In this issue’s article you'll learn how the attitude about sharing our COVID stories has changed with time.

Other traumas haven't taken a vacation during this altered time. There is still a need to help yourself and provide publishers with quality material with writings on the other events in our lives. Writing is a good, productive way to spend isolation hours.

Please wear a mask in public, keep a good distance from others and wash those hands. And still make time to...
Write to heal, write to grow, write to reflect.
Carol Celeste
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Therapeutic Writing Fact
From: "Science Reveals the Advantage Writers Have Over the Rest of Us" by Philip Ross. "Science has good news for people who write: The consequences of putting pen to paper go beyond hand cramps and furrowed eyebrows. Study after study has linked the act of writing to myriad mental and physical health benefits, including elevated mood and emotional well-being, decreased stress, an improved ability to deal with trauma and even physical healing."
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Writing Quote:"Just the act of writing down memories and conversations makes them easier to remember.""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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ARTICLE - "Write to Help"
In the early days of the pandemic many writers wondered if there was a market for COVID stories. The questions raised were: Since the virus impacts all lives what can anyone offer that's new? With non-stop news coverage of the virus, did anyone want to read anything more about it? It would soon be old news so why put in the time now?

A year later, all these questions have been answered. While everyone is impacted by the virus, our experiences are not all the same. It seems the more we hear about COVID the more we want to know, in part because reports are constantly changing. And it is not old news. It seems to have reached adolescence at best and perhaps is jumping right to eternal senility.

Reasons to write about how we feel about this vicious virus appear in many articles. Many of them mention the therapeutic value of writing about difficult experiences. That's what Writing to Heal is about. COVID is a virus tailored for writing to heal and grow. Researchers are rediscovering the studies begun with Dr. Pennebaker in the 1980s to support the health benefits of expressive writing.

Contests seek writings with a COVID theme and publications ask for virus-related articles and personal stories. This type of writing helps the writer and it also helps readers who may struggle with issues similar to those a writer defines and solves. Your experience may help someone else while it helps you deal with a life event no one anticipated. We’ve all had to adjust our behavior to accommodate this invader. But the good in this is that we can help others by sharing our struggle with COVID. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Start writing today.

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Looking for something to write about? Here's a topic to inspire your inner self to emerge.
Write about a time when something seemed bad but turned out good.
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We all have pandemic stories. If you want to share yours, here are some publications looking for pandemic stories for you to check.

Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest looks for essays from 500 to 1,000 words about experiences with cancer, the writer’s own or that of a loved one. Open to U.S. students grades 9-12. Tell how you felt, how it changed your life or thoughts. Cash prizes awarded to winners. Learn more at Cancer Unwrapped.

The Smart Set Drexel University considers personal essay and memoir from 1,500 to 3,500 words. Obviously work must be true. Open to unpublished excerpts. Pay and expenses negotiable. Send pitches or complete manuscripts via email to Learn more at The Smart Set.

New York Times Modern Love seeks true, (no pseudonyms allowed) stories about modern love. Prefers themes relating to a life dilemma. Word count from 1,500 to 1,700. Pays $400 to accepted items. Unpublished work only. Modern Love is also in book and podcast forms. Submit work via email at Learn more at Modern Love.

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