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Carol Celeste

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In a personal essay, you as the narrator tell a story from your life and provide reflection by disclosing your current thoughts and feelings about the event. The reader expects to learn a bit of who you are as a fellow human being, and possibly may identify with something you say or a lesson you've learned. A well-written personal essay satisfies the author and entertains the reader.

If you would like to learn to write personal essays for your own benefit, for a legacy to your children or grandchildren, or for publication, select from the following options:

Personal Essay Writing Courses

Writing Personal Essays, a six-week email course

Writing Personal Essays--Advanced, a six-session email course

Your Life in Essays, an eight-session email course

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This is a listing of print and online publications that pay to publish personal essays.

Critiquing Guidelines
These are the guidelines I consider when I critique personal essays for my students.

Additional Resources
These are links to web sites related to personal essay writing.

I found a software program that allows you to maintain a confidential journal on your own computer. LifeJournal is a clever program that lets you journal and track your emotions and life events over time. Easy to install and intuitive to use.