Published: March 31, 2006
Want more information about writing personal essays? Sheila Bender, author of the step-by-step article on essay writing in the May 2006 issue of The Writer, offers these aids:
To get a feel for contemporary personal essays, read as many recently published examples as you can and pay attention to the imagery, leaps of association and other patterns of organization. The following online magazines publish fine essays:
• Brevity (which features concise literary nonfiction) at www.creativenonfiction.org/brevity/index.htm
• Drunken Boat at www.thedrunkenboat.com
• Tiny-lights.com at www.tiny-lights.com
Anthologies of excellent essays include the Best American Essays series published by Houghton Mifflin, W.W. Norton's In Short and In Brief, and Penguin's One Hundred Great Essays.
You might enjoy my online magazine for those who write from personal experience, www.writingitreal.com, as well as my book Writing and Publishing Personal Essays.
Also helpful is Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola.