Personal Essays: Writing and Sharing Your Truth

Personal Essays: Writing and Sharing Your Truth consists of six interactive lessons on writing and marketing personal essays, including memoirs, personal experiences, reflections, and opinions.

With each four to five page lesson that you receive in your email inbox, you will sharpen your writing skills and gain a clearer understanding of how to shape your work in order to gain the broadest possible audience. Hands-on exercises and instructor comments will help you take your writing to a deeper level.

Prize-winning author, Kay Marie Porterfield, whose personal essays have been published in The Sun, MacGuffin, The Vermillion Literary Project and other literary magazines, is the instructor for this class. She is the second place winner of the 2003 Writer’s Digest Writing Contest Memoir Category. Her work has been anthologized in The Next Parish Over (New Rivers Books, 1993),Catholic Girls (Penguin, 1992) and Woven on the Wind (Houghton Mifflin, 2001). She has edited two literary anthologies for Crossing Press – Sleeping with Dionysus and What’s a Nice Girl Doing Like You Doing in a Relationship Like This: Women Confronting Emotional Violence. Her personal experience articles have been published in Women’s World, The Single Parent and by King Features Syndicate.

Participants in this class will learn how to:


  • select themes, find their deeper meaning and develop them
  • narrow and focus essay topics
  • write honestly and from the heart
  • plot compelling essays
  • write scenes and fully develop character, dialogue and action
  • effectively employ techniques for pulling readers into scenes
  • sense when they’re taken poetic license too far
  • understand legal and ethical privacy considerations
  • develop a strong and self-assured voice
  • revise and refine their work
  • use strategic marketing strategies to sell their work


This one on one mentoring experience provides you and your work individualized attention
for an investment of $59.

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