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January Newsletter of Personal Essay Writing
Vol. 19, No. 1 January 2019
© 2019 Carol Celeste All Rights Reserved ISSN 2168-7854

* Carol's Comments
* Memoir Quote
* "Why Should I Write?"
* Course Offerings
* Personal Essay Topic to Write About NOW
* Become a Licensee
* Therapeutic Writing Fact
* Markets
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At this time for new beginnings, fresh starts, shedding bad habits, don't forget to reflect on the past. Now is a good time to blend past and present by starting a regular writing schedule for putting your life stories into words.

A new year makes us think ahead to better times and better habits. But our personal writing material comes from experiences already behind us. Although the turning of a calendar page from one year to another has become a traditional time for renewal, every day offers a new beginning, a new opportunity to write about events from pages turned long ago. Reflect on the past as you make resolutions and choose your future writing topics.

We gain much more than word counts by pursuing life-writing. Some of the many benefits are discussed in the article “Why Should I Write?” If you don't have a writing schedule because you wonder why it's worth your time, that article may help you decide this is the year to settle in the life-writing groove.

There is plenty of news floating around us that you might want to escape. Writing your stories puts you in another place, like getting caught up in an addictive novel. Your life can give you more pleasure than any fiction you happen to read.

Be sure to check out the paying markets for your gems at

Write to heal, write to grow, write to reflect,
Carol Celeste
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Memoir Quote: " Writing a memoir is a way to interrogate your history and define your life." Ryan Van Cleave, author Memoir Writing for Dummies
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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...

"You have a wonderful style of giving constructive criticism--that is, being kind but honest."

"This course has reinforced my belief that writing is a true form of medicine."

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

"This course has taught me to open up to what is in my heart. Not only pain but good feelings."
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ARTICLE - "Why Should I Write?"
Over the past few months we’ve reviewed different forms of life-writing. To start the New Year, we'll consider the reason for writing any of the forms and what you gain from writing about your personal experiences. Many benefits come from life-writing, to the writer and to readers. If you consider the good that comes from this practice, how can you not engage in it? Here are a few reasons that life-writing may improve your life.

Fun. I put this up front to get your attention. If I put it at the end, you may wonder how much fun it can be to recall the unpleasant aspects of life. When writing becomes a habit, it turns into something you look forward to doing and gives you a more accurate perspective on the sadder parts of life. The fun you have recalling your enjoyable adventures spills into the sadder moments we recall and relive through life-writing. Yes, even those moments we'd rather forget can yield fun as we explore our inner feelings about them and feel the joy getting past them gives us.

Memory. In clinical trials, writing has shown improved working memory among participants. Writing makes the brain focus on what is before it and dedicates more memory space to that topic. It then stores that information for future reference. Purposefully recalling memories enhances our ability to remember present events into the future. At any age, life-writing can strengthen our memory muscles for recent and distant recall.

Health. Stress is known to magnify health problems and numerous studies show that health improves after writing. Experts believe that's because writing about personal circumstances reduces stress. The range and variety of mental and physical improvements that studies attribute to life-writing add credibility to the value of its practice for better health and stronger immune systems. For generally healthy people, emotional writing also results in lower blood pressure and reduced stress and liver enzymes. Stories about your daily routine as much as serious problems engage readers, and you, more deeply when you express emotions.

Smarts. Life-writing triggers both left brain and right brain activity simultaneously, boosting critical thinking ability. Many people report finding solutions to problems through writing that elude them in the normal course of life.

Peace. Unloading emotional burdens can leave us more peaceful and happier. Those burdens stem from physical maladies as well as emotional ones. So, writing about what bothers us relieves the anxiety and gives us a sense of better well-being. A peaceful person is a happy person and it's evident to those around us.

Attitude. Although writing is a solitary activity, most of all when dealing with our inner-most thoughts and feelings, it often results in better relationships in all areas of life, as we engage with people in a friendlier way as a result of our self-exploration.

Self-knowledge. Writing personal essays takes us on a journey of self-exploration and self-discovery as we record thoughts and feelings we may prefer to bury. This type of writing helps us learn about ourselves when we write our honest feelings. The result often surprises us as we learn our true motivations and how to deal with them.
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Looking for something to write about? Here's a topic to inspire your inner self to emerge.
Write about a resolution you kept last year.
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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: Dispatch-Argus, October 14, 2013, "Dear Breast Cancer Diary: writing helps," by Bev Bennett."By keeping a journal, if only for your own reading, you have a way to manage your feelings and make sense of what's going on, according to Nancy Morgan, the former arts and humanities program director, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, D.C., ....'From my experience with patients, telling the story is the most important thing,' says Melissa Craft, Ph.D., assistant professor, director Clinical Nurse Specialist Program, University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, Oklahoma City.... Her study showed that writing personal stories about breast cancer improved the quality of life."
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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.

Calibre Essay Prize sponsored by the Australian Book Review pays AU$5,000 and 2,500 for between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Deadline January 14, fee AU$25. Must be non-fiction, single-authored, in English but nationality is open. All kinds of essays welcome. Online submissions only. Find all the details at Calibre Essay Prize. Be sure to check the terms and FAQs.

Sasee magazine seeks unpublished, first-person experience material for or about women. Word count 500 to 1,000. Topics for all ages and all writing styles welcome. Pay varies. Learn submission rules and more at Sasee.

Creative Nonfiction magazine wants honest, accurate, informative, intimate, and—most importantly—true stories for an issue devoted to Memoir scheduled for 2020. Only unpublished work of 4,000 words is max eligible. Contest pays winner $2,500 with two $500 runners-up prizes. Deadline February 25, fee $20. Essays of up to 25 pages accepted. Learn all about the judging process and submission details at Creative Nonfiction.

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