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April Newsletter of Personal Essay Writing
Vol. 20, No. 4 April 2020
© 2020 Carol Celeste All Rights Reserved ISSN 2168-7854

* Carol's Comments
*Therapeutic Writing Fact
* Hope Quote
*"The Value of the Written Word"
* Course Offerings
*Personal Essay Topic to Write About NOW
* Markets
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Writing to Heal Writing to Grow has always dealt with two aspects of writing. Now is a time to emphasize the health aspect of life writing.

Note the Therapeutic Writing Fact repeated from last month. I wasn't clairvoyant when choosing that for March, but it offers good advice for the circumstances of the time so it bears repeating.

Writing about your life will free up buried emotions and thoughts, giving rise to revelations about how we have lived our lives, and how we are living them now. Many people are thinking about what matters in life at this time.

All of our lives have changed in response to this pandemic, yet our reactions and responses are different. One similarity we share is increased stress. Writing helps reduce the impact of stress on our bodies and minds. We can learn from the way others deal with the abrupt interruption of habitual activities just as others can learn from our behavior in this stressful time of uncertainty. Even if you don't share what you write, you benefit. Most of our schedules have changed. It's a perfect time to add writing about our time with COVID-19, for ourselves and for others.

Write to heal, write to grow, write to reflect, but do write.
Carol Celeste
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Therapeutic Writing Fact
From: Pulse Headlines, September 16, 2017 ,"Writing Can Help You Stop Worrying," by Maria Fernanda Guanipa on a study at Michigan State U. "According to this study, practicing being vulnerable with others and with ourselves makes people more aware. Bottling up fears and feelings only makes them occupy our bodies and minds. Therefore, 5 minutes of expressive writing a day can liberate all the forthcoming stress people carry within unnecessarily. However, this is the first one (study) to show the neural responses to expressive writing."
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Hope QuoteWhen things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better." Malcolm Forbes, business tycoon
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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 - "The Value of the Written Word"
We all know the pen is mightier than the sword and, as readers, that information and enjoyment come from multiple written sources. The Writing Well touts the therapeutic benefits of writing our own stories. But the value of writing goes much further than that.

Studies and clinical trials galore indicate that writing about traumas, or any difficult situations, results in improved health for many people dealing with a number of chronic and serious ailments. Each new study seems to motivate others to try a study of their own, with the same condition or with one not yet subjected to the writing test. These studies have compiled some impressive data on improved physical and mental health as a result of writing honestly about our thoughts and feelings regarding the trials of our lives. Articles appear in professional journals and many make it into mainstream publications. But many testimonies come from non-professionals who write about a variety of things outside the bounds of professional therapy sessions.

Many people decide to write their stories with no awareness of the health benefits and find, often with amazement, that they feel better after putting their inner feelings into written words. I have seen many small publication items and blog posts in which the writers say they found the writing process therapeutic, cathartic or some other synonym for relief from angst. They did not expect that result from the writing, and often don’t know why they wrote about the situation.

This is a time of stress, anxiety, uncertainty and more. Many professionals predict increased depression and even suicide as a result of lengthy isolation. We don’t know how long the virus restrictions will last but as time passes it becomes more difficult to cope.

Formal studies have revealed that the act of writing changes brain function in ways that reduce stress and boost your biological, psychological and behavioral profiles. The more personal you get in your observations, the greater the gain because your mind delves into areas that need delving but that you generally try to ignore. Appreciate the value of writing to your good health and set up a writing program today. It's always a good time to write your stories, and now is one of those times when we need relief from angst more than usual. For motivation, try a personal essay course.
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Looking for something to write about? Here's a topic to inspire your inner self to emerge.
Write about how you spend your time during this pandemic and how you could spend it more productively given the restrictions you face.
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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 or type.

Kaleidoscope magazine publishes personal essay/memoirs up to 5,000 words that challenge and overcome stereotypical, patronizing, and sentimental attitudes about disability. Published by United Disability Services in Akron, Ohio. Pays from $10 to $100 and accepts previously published work. Writers with and without disabilities considered. Learn more at Kaleidoscope

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