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August Newsletter of Personal Essay Writing
Vol. 16, No.8 August 2016
© 2016 Carol Celeste All Rights Reserved ISSN 2168-7854

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* Carol's Comments
* Memoir Quote
* Article - "What Impacts Memories?"
* Course Offerings
* Personal Essay Topic to Write About NOW
* Become a Licensee
* Therapeutic Writing Fact
* Article "Blogging as Therapy?"
* "3 Tips for Revising"
* Markets
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August is a month with no official holidays. But that doesn't stop promoters from creating celebrations. Many of the wacky celebrations deal with food of all types, and I do mean ALL. But some relate to the purpose behind Writing to Heal, Writing to Grow, if you stretch them a bit, and those offer prime topics for personal essays.

For instance, What Will Be Your Legacy Month suggests writing about things you want your descendants to know about your life or your philosophy of life. American History Essay Month relates directly to all Americans reading. We are, after all, a part of our nation's history. If your country is someplace else—and we have many international readers—you may find a month that celebrates your history. It might even be August. Boomers Making a Difference Month applies to many of our readers, wherever you are, as they tend to be in that age range. Boomers have lived through many weird times and have lots to write about. Then there's Happiness Happens Month to keep us focused on the blessings we enjoy. Take your pick, they all offer personal sharing and discovery opportunities.

This month the book review is replaced with a second article and life-writing tips to encourage your writing efforts.

Share your stories with the world and encourage your loved ones to do the same. Find paying markets on the tab above.

Write to heal, write to grow, write to reflect,
Carol Celeste
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Memoir Quote:"You cut to the chase when you write about things you feel frightened to think about, the things that haunt you." Sandra Cisneros, fiction, poetry 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.
These courses are now offered:
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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 - "What Impacts Memories?"
Chances are you have recalled an event from the past and someone else who was involved remembers it differently. One of mine was a chance I had to go to an Elvis Presley concert as a preteen but my mother didn't want her daughter to throw her underwear on stage as so many were doing so I had to miss the party. A couple of decades later I mentioned it. Her memory was worse than different. She had no memory of it at all!

How could such an important deprivation to me not register with her? Several factors influence our memories or lack of. One factor is the degree of importance the event holds in our life. Few events are equally significant for everyone present.

How are you managing your life-writing this year? Are you on track or still reluctant to enjoy the benefits that await? Set aside some time this summer to see what you’re missing.

Another factor is how involved we are. People who contribute to an event, whether by design or accident, have a stronger memory because of their contribution than those who only observed or played a lesser role.

Age can affect our perception of things. When different ages group get together they will recall according to their life perspective and experience. Remember the generation gap?

Our mood at the time affects what we remember so people who experience it with different moods or emotions in play will recall differently.

But opposing recall happens to us as well as among us and others involved. Neuroscientists say we don’t even remember things the same way from time to time. It seems that we tend to alter bits of a happening each time we recall it and the next time we aren’t remembering the original event but rather what we recalled from the last time we thought about it. So, the more we remember the less accurate our memories are. That's a depressing thought for dealing with good memories but may be a blessing for dealing with things we regret.

Other people will be involved in some of your stories so consider their perspective before arguing about what really happened. You might all recall it inaccurately. Let's be grateful that life holds enough perspectives to prevent boredom from filling our days.
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Looking for something to write about? Here's a topic to inspire your inner self to emerge.

Write about your favorite summer food and the childhood memories it triggers.
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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:Transform Your Health: Write to Heal, a six-week, 12 hour intervention conducted by Adam Perlman, M.D., Principal Investigator, John F. Evans, Ed.D. Co-investigator, Duke Integrative Medicine, A study examining the role of Expressive Writing (EW) to improve resilience among those experiencing an emotional upheaval or a physical health challenge. "Our Study Results: 32.6% decrease in depressive symptoms, 29.8% decrease in perceived stress, 17.7% decrease in ruminative symptoms, 15.6% increase in resilience."
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ARTICLE - "Blogging as Therapy?"
People blog for many reasons. Some use a blog to promote a product or themselves. Some like to be socially current and think a blog gives them status. Some have a message they want the world to hear. Others blog for a variety of reasons, some perhaps not even known to the blogger. It just seems like the thing to do. Among the many reasons for blogging are to heal from a specific condition, to discover the inner self or to express things you just can't bring yourself to talk about.

Research tells us that writing is therapeutic and many people not involvement with research say they find writing—usually about a difficult situation—therapeutic. Whether on your own or as part of a monitored study, benefits of writing become apparent to practitioners.

One reason that writing yields health benefits is its feature of reducing stress. Most research focuses on the healing properties of writing about medical or emotional disorders. Yet some trials suggest that the very act of writing reduces stress no matter the topic. So that brings up the question, Does blogging offer better therapeutic value than private writing?

The public nature of blogs makes them different from private writing. A core essential for therapeutic writing of any type is honesty. Knowing that anyone might read your blog automatically causes you to censor the feelings and thoughts you want, even need, to release. Fear of law suits, broken relationships, lost jobs or other calamities, elevates self-preservation over self discovery. And that lessens the therapeutic value of blogs. The privacy factor is one reason many people find it easier to write about touchy topics than to talk about them, even to professional counselors.

Blogging offers many opportunities for writers, but be cautious about what you throw into the public arena. If you plan to bare your bones, think it over a few times before you post.
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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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Readers Digest pays $100 for accepted work in two areas. 100-Word True Story with no parameters listed takes a max of 100 words. RD Submissions. Funny True Story lists no word count. RD Funny Story.Caution! Read terms carefully. Both appear to buy all rights forever.

AARP The Magazine publishes personal essays that are thoughtful, timely, and deal with matters of importance to people over 50. The Personal Best column takes first-person (often as-told-to) essays on leisure-time pursuits. Pays up to $1 per word so send your best work. Check details at: AARP.

Carve Magazine takes nonfiction up to 10,000 words, no minimum. Must be unpublished in any format with more than 1,000 circulation. Wants work that reflects the honest place of literature in our lives. Pays $25 and may offer feedback on some declined submissions. That's a rare service and valuable especially for beginning writers. Reads year-round. Learn more about the magazine and contests and submissions info at: Carve.

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