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Summer Newsletter of Personal Essay Writing
Vol. 17, No.7 Summer 2017
© 2017 Carol Celeste All Rights Reserved ISSN 2168-7854

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* Carol's Comments
* Memoir Quote
* "Personal Stories in Speech"
* Course Offerings
* Personal Essay Topic to Write About NOW
* "Your Stories, Your Health"
* Become a Licensee
* Therapeutic Writing Fact
* Markets
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Annual schedules seem to follow the school year, even for people who don't have any school affiliation. For those who do, summer provides a break from the busy routine and plentiful meetings that take time away from living leisure on your terms. And it's a time for vacation trips with family and perhaps keeping children busy and out of trouble. If you have travel plans, or children to care for all day, every day while school is out, you may still be busy.

School activities aren't the only ones that take off in the summer. Many meetings associated with civic groups, churches, hobbies, and more, suspend gatherings until September.

If you don't have family obligations or travel plans, you might miss the meetings that give you fellowship with others and programs you look forward to. Rather than enjoying a relaxing few months, summer can turn boring pretty quickly. You might miss the groups you enjoy, the TV shows that go to reruns you’ve already seen, maybe several times.

We all need a break from routine at times, though, and this is one of those times for me. In the midst of preparing this newsletter, I decided to take a lesson from TV stations. One of the articles is a rerun from a few years ago and August will go dark. Look for the next Writing Well in September. But whatever you plan for this summer, keep on writing and storing up personal material for future life-writing and perhaps take a class. Only the newsletter is taking time off.

Share your stories with the world. Find paying markets for your at
Write to heal, write to grow, write to reflect,
Carol Celeste
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Memoir Quote: "Even our most closely guarded insecurities are often commonly held, though most individuals keep these parts of themselves so hidden that there's little chance to discover the commonality." Dinty Moore, essayist
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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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WTH,WTG writers say...

"I truly love your advice and working with you. It's helped me tune in a bit more on what I should be."

"I just wanted to say you really made a difference in my life and I so appreciate your expertise and advice for my writing."

"Focusing on different experiences of my life took me on a journey of introspection that was enlightening and healing."

"I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. In a way I feel like it opened a new world to me. It made me look at my experiences and begin to understand myself better."
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ARTICLE - "Personal Stories in Speech"
Personal essays appeal to people for many reasons. Writers benefit from sharing their life experiences and readers from learning about life events of other people they can apply to their own lives. While we tend to think of essays as written material, they can contribute to clarifying other forms of communication. Take speaking, for example.

You probably have heard speeches, teaching instructions, sermons or other of oral communications that are sprinkled with personal anecdotes to clarify a point.

Why do you think personal stories are used by so many speakers? They know that humans are wired to appreciate stories. Audiences relate to speakers who share personal experiences. They remember better what they hear, they feel connected. These are results everyone, on both sides of the podium, wants from a speech.

Your personal essays consist of such anecdotes and make powerful additions to your presentation tool box for most types of addresses.

Perhaps you have a collection of essays already written that reflect on an experience, express an emotion, or resolve a problem. Something in that collection may offer an appropriate personal comment that will clarify a point or serve as an example suitable for a presentation or address you must make.

If you don't find a suitable example in your portfolio, or don’t have a personal essay collection at all, consider writing a peice that offers a personal touch to enrich your delivery and applies to the topic.

Making your stories relate to the topic is crucial to accomplishing your goal of winning the audience to the purpose of your speech. Whether the purpose is to educate, to sell, to instruct or win someone to your way of thinking, appropriate personal stories increase your chances of success and of repeat invitations. All presenatations at heart sell either a product or an idea.

Personal stories aren't just for writing. What you write can enrich what you say.
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Looking for something to write about? Here's a topic to inspire your inner self to emerge.

Write about why you want to practice life-writing. How do you hope to benefit from it?
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ARTICLE - "Your Stories, Your Health"
Writing to Heal, Writing to Grow deals with life-writing and therapeutic writing. They may seem like different topics since the writing style for each is different, although essays may first appear as theraputic expressions. But writing your stories yields many of the same benefits as therapeutic writing. In his book, Writing To Heal, James Pennebaker, the noted researcher on expressive writing, discusses the benefits of expressive (which he sometimes calls emotional) writing. He classifies those benefits into three categories: biological, psychological and behavioral. Let’s take a look at how those benefits also accrue to personal story writers.

Biological A range of benefits from improved immune system function, which is good for everyone, to reduction of specific symptoms of many diseases have shown up in numerous trials. For generally healthy people, emotional writing also results in lower blood pressure and reduced stress and liver enzymes. No matter what your topic, good personal writing involves emotions so that may be the common trigger. Stories about your daily routine as much as serious problems engage readers, and you, more deeply when you express emotions.

Psychological People react to expressive writing in different ways. Immediate reactions may involve sadness when dealing with a severe trauma, but even in those cases it doesn't last long. Long-term results include reduced anxiety, greater happiness and a heightened sense of well-being. Writing life stories about sad times may bring you back to the feelings of those times when your writing is emotional, but sadness will soon turn to relief and even joy.

Behavioral Reduced stress coming from emotional writing brings with it improved working memory, more active social lives and better relationships in all areas of life. Mainly this comes from engaging with people in a more friendly way as a result of your self-exploration.

The value of life-writing to health has the attention of medical professionals. Many doctors now practice what is called narrative medicine. Dr. John Harper, a Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas cardiologist, in an interview with Dr. Susan Oh for the Dallas Morning News stated, "If you have an experience and you sit down and write about it, you can pour that emotion out. Purging these thoughts and emotions helps to find meaning in what happened."

You don't need to be mid-trauma to benefit from life-writing. Writing reduces stress and chronic stress makes us vulnerable to illnesses. Let your stories improve your health and boost your biological, psychological and behavioral profiles.
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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 Japan News, February 25, 2017, "Writing helps patients face down cancer/Study points to therapeutic benefits of disease journals" by Yohei Takei. Quoting Michiko Kadobayashi, research fellow at Japan Women's University: "Even if the theme doesn't directly relate to disease, reflecting on the past while writing allows people to sort out their feelings about their disease. Talking about what they wrote brought them closer together and may have given each of them strength to live."
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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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Vox a magazine that aims to explain the news, announces a new section called First Person. Seeks a wide range of perspectives from unpublished, published or even non-writers with a great true story that helps explain an important issue. Pay varies. Send a pitch or a complete narrative. Details plus examples of successful submission topics found at Vox.

AARP Magazine looks for personal essays that are thoughtful, timely, and of importance to people over 50. Covers a range of topics and reportedly pays $2 per word. That means send only your best work. Send completed personal essays by email or post. Find more details at AARP Magazine.

The Tishman Review takes creative nonfiction, including personal essays and memoirs, up to 5,000 words. Pays a minimum of $10.00 (that's ten dollars) for up to 1,000 words and $.01 per word over through PayPal or Venmo. Wants unpublished original work only. Check rights and other importnt information at The Tishman Review.

Boulevard magazine favors writers with promise but limited or no published credits. Online submission fee $3. Pays from $100 to $300 for prose up to 8,000 words. Learn more about the magazine at Boulevard.

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