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How do you get an idea for a personal essay from your everyday life? How do you develop the idea? What are the markets? Learn what makes for an enticing beginning and a successful ending. There are techniques from fiction you can use to make your essay more readable—and possibly more irresistible—to the editors. Learn the art and business aspects of the personal essay from a novelist who appears in many essay anthologies.
Bharti Kirchner is the author of nine books—five critically acclaimed novels, four cookbooks, and hundreds of short pieces for magazines and newspapers. Her sixth novel, Goddess of Fire, a historical novel set in India in the 17th century, is due out late in 2015. Bharti has written for Food & Wine, Vegetarian Times, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, Fitness Plus, and The Seattle Times. Her essays have appeared in ten anthologies. She has won numerous awards for her writing.
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