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Weekly Feedback on Your Personal Essays!

Kandace Chapple


START DATE: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

END DATE: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

DURATION:  3 weeks

LOCATION:  Private Facebook Group

FEEDBACK:  Instructor feedback via email

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Do you love writing personal essays? Are you looking for personal feedback on your essays? Have you already taken a “how to” class on personal essays and want to start producing more pieces for submission? This class is for you! The value of this class comes with working one-on-one with the instructor on your individual essay(s). For each of the 3 weeks (1-2-3!), you can submit a new essay (600-1,200 words) or re-submit an essay you’ve revised. You might also consider using pieces you’ve already written and use this class for personal feedback and a professional editor’s eye to polish them. At the end of three weeks, you will have at least one completed essay ready to go out on submission. This class is for those who feel comfortable with the personal essay format and want to further improve their writing skills. This class will offer writers growth, a sense of accomplishment... and the most valuable thing of all: accountability to be productive throughout the month!


The best part of the class was the personal feedback. And with that I mean, encouragement. Kandace was able to offer everything to me in a very positive way. (There’s an art to that, by the way!) She handled my concerns early on and then only encouraged me every step of the way. I am very appreciative of all she did for me personally as I worked on my writing. ~ Barb M.

I have enjoyed this three-week course with Kandace. I looked forward to receiving each well-organized lesson chock full of tips and resources. Afterward, I was motivated to complete the assignments and brainstorm ideas for the future. Kandace’s feedback was quick and focused. While I could accept or reject the suggested changes, I ended up following her advice. I feel more confident about my work and plan to pursue publication in several “new” online markets. Highly recommended! ~ Joanne G.

Over the past 6 months, I have developed immensely as a writer thanks to working with Kandace. Her encouragement, insight and expertise allowed me to go from writing in a personal journal to producing written work ready for submission. Kandace provides a foundation built upon trust and patience, which is vital for any coaching relationship. ~ Adrienne

Kandace and I have been part of a weekly writers group for the last year. I’ve found her perspective and feedback positive and helpful. It’s a joy to share work with her, and she is easy and fun to work with. ~ Chris C.

Kandace’s feedback has been invaluable to me in the difficult process of writing my book. She provides focused, specific and positive comments, but also directs my attention to a few key areas for improvement that are always spot on. She also provides cheerful accountability that feels more like cheering on than smacking down. Very motivating. ~ Anne B.

Kandace’s services are ideal if you need an editor to challenge your thinking, find inconsistencies and give you honest feedback (the best kind) and suggestions. She’s great to work with and turns around the work extremely fast. Highly recommended! ~ Mary R.


On Wednesdays, I will post tips on personal essays and submission opportunities in a private Facebook group and answer any questions. On Sunday, you will send in your (new or revised) essay between 600-1,200 words. By Wednesday, I will email back personal, detailed feedback, which will include notes on theme, emotion, dialogue and more, directly into the Word document. I will be sure to share my insights on the places where the piece worked well, as well as places that could get even better with a little push! For the third week, you will submit an essay to at least one publication.

Materials needed: Access to the Internet, Facebook, and e-mail.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Kandace Chapple is the editor and publisher of Grand Traverse Woman Magazine, a regional women’s publication in Michigan. She has spent 15 years coaching writers in her publication and helping them polish their personal essays. Her own essays have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Literary Mama, Motherwell and more. She hosts weekly #Friday500 coaching sessions where writers submit 500 words every Friday (or else!). She is also a well-known freelance writer for publications in Michigan, including Traverse Magazine. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in Journalism and a Bachelor’s degree in Business. She loves to mountain bike on Northern Michigan trails, hike with her dog, Cookie, and spend time with her husband and two sons. Visit her at

COST:  $150, which includes weekly assignments and individual feedback from the instructor. You will also be invited to a private Facebook group for student interaction and discussion.

BUY NOW: Writing Personal Essays 1-2-3 with Kandace Chapple (3 weeks, starting 9/9/2020) Limit: 12 students. Early registration is recommended.

This class is now closed. Please check out our current schedule here.

For Class Session Starting 9/9/2020


Notes:  Upon successful completion of payment, your name, email address, and contact info will be submitted to your instructor. Just before class begins, she will e-mail you with instructions on how to get started.

Questions? Email Marcia & Angela at:

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