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Featured Online Writing Class

Write Chicken Soup for the Soul Essays


START DATE: Monday, April 1, 2024

END DATE: Sunday, April 21, 2024

DURATION:  3 weeks

LOCATION:  Private Facebook Group

FEEDBACK:  Instructor feedback via email

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Have you ever wanted to see your essay in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book? (Who hasn’t!) It might be their book on dogs, angels, grandmas, kids or cats... Chicken Soup for the Soul always has a rotating list of themes for their next book – and your essay could be included!

In this class, we will talk about guidelines, tone and voice, and students will write essays to submit to Chicken Soup’s latest upcoming themes (they have several themes with a submission deadline coming up – a perfect time to take this class and work toward a deadline.) It’s time to go for it!

We all have a story to tell and Chicken Soup thrives on the everyday stories of everyday lives. The instructor will share how she has had a couple stories published about her (wayward) dog, Cookie, along with a story on her first Christmas without her mother (and the 250 gifts under the tree, or so her dad claimed!)

The value of this class comes from working one-on-one with the instructor on your individual essay(s). For each of the 3 weeks, you submit an essay (up to 1,200 words), new or revised. At the end of three weeks, you will have three essays completed. This class is for those who feel comfortable with the personal essay format. This class will offer the perfect trio for writers: accountability, a deadline, and personal feedback.


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 Mondays, I will post a lesson, tips on personal essays, and an assignment in a private Facebook group, and answer any questions throughout the week. On Friday, you will email me your essay (up to 1,200 words). By the following Monday, I will email back personal, detailed feedback, which will include notes on theme, emotion, dialogue 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!

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

Kandace Chapple

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Kandace Chapple published and edited Grand Traverse Woman Magazine, a regional women’s publication in Michigan, for eighteen years before closing it to open Michigan Girl, LLC. She has spent 18 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: Chicken Soup Essays with Kandace Chapple (3 weeks, starting 4/1/2024) Limit: 12 students. Early registration is recommended.

This class is full. Please check out our current schedule here.

For Class Session Starting 4/1/2024


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.

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