WHERE TO PUBLISH PERSONAL WRITING
If you’re thinking of writing a book about your experiences, helpful sources abound: a few examples include Victora Costello’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Memoir, D. Patrick Miller’s How to Begin Your Memoir, William Zinsser’s (ed.) Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir, and Brenda Peterson’s Your Life Is a Book: How to Craft & Polish Your Memoir. In addition, Writer’s Digest Magazine has a very helpful website, including opportunities for relatively inexpensive online courses with agents and editors. Since some features of the website require a subscription, it might be worth finding out whether your local public library has a group subscription that you can access for free from home.
If you’re interested in publishing short essays rather than a book, online venues for health-related personal writing include
KevinMD (focuses on physicians but accepts essays from others)
Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine (encourages a wide range of perspectives)
Folks (emphasizes stories by and about patients and caregivers)
Bellevue Literary Review (encourages a wide range of perspectives)
If you’d like to read and/or publish personal stories not related to medical care, an online search will turn up many publications that specialize in personal essays on a broad range of topics. As an example, a list of 19 such publications appears in The Write Life, and Beyond Your Blog recommends a few that are particularly friendly to new writers.