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November Newsletter of Personal Essay Writing
Vol. 15, No. 11 November 2015
© 2015 Carol Celeste All Rights Reserved ISSN 2168-7854

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* Carol's Comments
* Memoir Quote
* Article - "WoMeWriMo Alternative"
* Course Offerings
* Personal Essay Topic to Write About NOW
* Become a Licensee
* Therapeutic Writing Fact
* Book Review
* Markets
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Don't lose your Halloween sugar high yet. I have a November project for you that may need a bit of a rush, but not too much, to achieve. Check the article in this issue to find out what it's about. If you want a hint it relates to NaNoWriMo, the novel writing marathon, but lacks the pressure.

Another year is ending and that usually means extra busy times. I've noticed that not only do years zoom by, so do weeks. Things I do on the same day week after week seem like I just did two days ago instead of seven. I don't know if that means I'm doing too much or too little but whichever it is deserves a speeding ticket.

It's easy to let things slip when we get caught up in a time warp but writing is one thing that benefits us and everyone around us so we should keep it at the top of the list, preferably of things done as well as of things to do. We feel better after writing our life stories and that rubs off on friends and family. Our writing is a gift to those we care about in many ways. If we share our lives readers get to know us better. When we feel good we provide better company and are available for fun.

This month's book review may help you get started on the project you'll learn about in the article with a simple outline of ways to make your words communicate effectively while entertaining and showing your love.

If publication is your goal, 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: "…if you reveal your truth in the most truthful way you can it's universal. And it helps people, I believe." Beverly Donofrio, memoirist
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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...

"I am loving the has inspired me to write again after a very long hiatus."

"Your comments were very constructive and valuable."

"I have learned various methods of editing my own work and different resources to seek out for possible publishing."

"I have gained confidence in my personal writings from the feedback in this course."
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ARTICLE - Try the WoMeWriMo Alternative
You may have heard of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, happening every November for several years. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Everyone doesn't have time for that—it amounts to an average of nearly seven pages per day—and everyone doesn’t have a novel in the brain cache. But everyone does have personal stories to tell.

So I propose an alternative to the lengthy novel for November. I call it WoMeWriMo, World Life-Writing Month. Writing to Heal, Writing to Grow reaches the entire globe so why limit participation to one nation? This event has no word restrictions or time constraints. It just challenges you to spend some amount of time during the month of November writing one or more of your many life stories.

You can meet the challenge in many ways.

Work on a topic from your past that you haven't yet faced in writing. Something season related might trigger more memories than reviewing your entire life but any personal experience will do.

Re-work essays in you've put aside. A little editing can turn sketches into masterpieces and this is a good time to do it.

Turn journal entries into polished life tales. Your life is in those journals waiting to go on stage. Bring them out from behind the curtain and ready them for the limelight.

Attack an existing essay from a new angle, making a sequel that expands the original theme. This idea is perfect for the many who find it hard to stick to one theme in their writing. Put those tangents to work as separate themes for new essays.

Get creative and turn a picture album into short essays about your favorite depicted experiences.

November is a great month to start a new project or to polish your rough cut gems into a sparkling image of your life stories. Get ready for WoMeWriMo and think about sharing your stories with the world.
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Looking for something to write about? Here's a topic to inspire your inner self to emerge.

How do you express thanks for your blessings?
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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 Oncologist journal 2008;13;196-204, "Implementing an Expressive Writing Study in a Cancer Clinic," Nancy P. Morgan, "Patients at a comprehensive cancer center have participated in a weekly writing program for 7 years....Reports of changes in thoughts about illness immediately postwriting were significantly associated with better physical quality of life at follow-up....Cancer patients were receptive to expressive writing and reported changes in the way they thought about their illness following writing. These preliminary findings indicate that a single, brief writing exercise is related to cancer patient' reports of improved quality of life."
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Book Review ~ Present What You Know: Sharing Information by Christopher Forest
When I plan to write about something I know nothing or very little about I first visit the children's section of the library for basic information to direct my research. Present What You Know: Sharing Information is clearly is aimed for middle grade readers but doesn't talk down to adults. The advice in this 32-page thin book fits the teachings in Writing to Heal, Writing to Grow classes so it's a good refresher for past students and an excellent starting point for beginners.

Author Christopher Forest covers four types of writing in this instructive manual: research writing, presentation writing, persuasive writing, and narrative writing. All of these types apply to life-writing in its many forms, and really for almost every type of prose.

Research can help you find the details that will put your readers in the scene with you. Even if your memory is different from the reality your research uncovers, a mention of how you saw the place differently adds insight into your personality. Forest offers tips on researching and warns of the weaknesses of Internet use and plagiarism.

You may be asked, or invite yourself, to present a talk about your work to a group. You will sell more books, and acquire more fans if your presentation informs and entertains. Forest offers tips on how to structure your talk and enhance it with a slide show that you can deliver with confidence.

Even personal stories persuade. First, that you are telling the truth, then with an uplifting ending that tells readers they can cope and even overcome just as you did. Forest gives us ways to support our premise and bring readers into our life experience.

Narrative writing is the heart of life-writing because it deals with telling a story. Memoirs are entirely the telling of personal stories. You will probably start your writing instinctively in a narrative format which can overlap with the other formats mentioned by Forest. This book suggests media for narrative writing other than the usual print book or essay, such as a blog (along with privacy concerns and warnings) or a journal.

Present What You Know: Sharing Information is not even close to being as comprehensive as a writing course and doesn't offer feedback, but it does convey the intricacies of writing that may well lead you to value a class to improve your written communications. Your life stories in any of these formats may even become someone else/s research source one day. So, write on!
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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 Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction awards $1,000 to the winning essay up to 5,000 words plus publication in The Chattahoochee Review. No theoretical, scholarly, or critical essays but personal essays are fine. Fee $15, deadline January 31. Find submission instructions and more details at Chattahoochee Review.

Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction pays $500 and publication in CutBank magazine to the winner. Associated with the University of Montana but global in scope. All submissions considered for publication. Fee $20, deadline January 15. A generous 35 pages allowed. One year subscriptions included. Rights revert to author after publication. See submission details and guidelines at CutBank.

The Big Brick Review Second Annual Essay Contest seeks personal essays that explore a truth of a human experience as interpreted/experienced by the author. Word max 2,000. Entry fee $15 for first, $10 for additonals, deadline February 17. Prizes $300, $200, $100 with two $50 honorable mentions. Learn more at Big Brick Review.

Listverse s a bit quirky for this section but try it. Pays $100 via PayPal for lists including 10 items minimum, 1,500 words total. Fit a personal experience in this format and see what happens. Writing experience not needed. Details at Listverse.

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