Read the section on “Drawing on Experience” from Chapter 18

  Read the section on “Drawing on Experience” from Chapter 18 – Developing Voice in the CEL (p. 541). Note especially how the example from Anne Marie Paulin includes her own “moment of revelation” about her own quest for thinness as a way of establishing the personal relevance of the topic she is writing about. 

  • Why is credibility important in essays about personal experience?
  • How do writers establish credibility when they are writing about events from their own lives?
  • What qualities in personal experience essays detract from the writer’s credibility? 

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