Ready to get started? Below you will find an example of what a published essay will look like in the book.
Check it out and remember when you get started that essays should contain two main components:
1. Your experiences - (What happened? What did you do about it?) (500 words max)
The first section should explore your experiences - what you thought, felt, underwent, and came to understand. (What happened? How did you feel? What did you do about it?)
2. Action Steps/Resources (What resources or strategies might help someone else experiencing what you did?) (250words max)
The second section should contain resources and action steps. (What resources did you draw on during or after your experience? What resources would you recommend to others to manage that experience?) The resources could take any form including books, websites, support groups, advocacy groups, informational sites, journal prompts, inspiring quotes, coping skills, art, music, etc. (250 word max)
The experiences you convey in your piece should be true and based on your life. They should be conveyed from your point of view. Please write in the first person, and use your authentic voice.
All essays selected for inclusion will be confidential. No one who reads the collection will be able to identify you. To ensure anonymity, your writing should include/reflect your personal experience, but should not contain any specific information that could be used to identify you or others.