Writing Personal Essays

From the June Newsletter.

In personal essays, authors reveal themselves, their individuality and experience, their shared humanity. Peter Bricklebank provides ideas for honing your essay(s).

Such essays are written in a casual, intimate voice--like a conversation between writer and reader. Give the reader the context: why you are looking at a particular thing and what you come to realize. Assure that the report is true and accurate, unlike fiction, where you can embellish if it adds interest. Your goal in writing an essay isn’t to reach a judgment or solution, but to engage in the process of reaching one.

You’re an essayist if you can put a framework of meaning around an experience, laugh at yourself, and tell about it in an engaging way.

Excerpt from Writers Digest July/Aug issue.

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