“Writing Personal Essays” by Shelia Bender

“Writing Personal Essays:

How to Shape Your Life

Experiences for the Page”

by Shelia Bender

I loved this book. Unlike many of you I never got beyond English Comp at a junior college so this little book is a god send to me. I think what I loved most about it was the way she organized the process of writing the personal essay. I also learned from her “three-step response” to a work in progress. I have used this book to start a writing process that is not only enjoyable but rewarding.

The Three-step Response

To help the writer understand what kind of contact his or her writing makes, my responsibility as a reader of the work is to:

1. report the images and phrases that stick with me

2. monitor the feelings that occur inside me as I read, and report these feelings accurately

3. tell the writer where I want to know more

Published in: on July 7, 2006 at 6:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

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