One of those essays, “The Roots of Her Story”, won a national writing award from the Professional Writers Association of Canada.
And I was paid $100 for each of those pieces, a fairly low fee for 800 words, but a satisfactory arrangement, considering that I could say that my work had appeared in pays a writer for publication, they also pay for the right to sell that piece of writing from their electronic database.
Having opinions is easy, but actually knowing something, and not just latching onto the first political cliche you hear, is rare.
Reading great essays is probably the best way to learn how to write them, but there are innumerable online writing sites willing to help and give advice.
It can sell these pieces from its electronic database.
All without paying the writer who supplied the essay.
There are many voices worth listening to (and no doubt, many more not)- find your own and try to read half a dozen every week, in one form or another.
The best site on the web for my money is Arts&Letters; Daily which offers a digest of the best essays on the rest of the web.
The Facts & Arguments essay was intended by its creator, William Thorsell, to be the “centerpiece of personal writing quite unlike anything else in the newspaper.” If the writing deserves to be published, the writer deserves to be paid.
Here find samples of and about the personal essay especially for use in 441/541 English. They are to be seen in newspapers, magazines, journals, anthologies, and heard on radio and television.