ENG 3U - Getting started on the Personal Essay
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'Chicken Soup For the Soul' narratives are another example of this genre. They don't usually meet the requirements of this assignment - as most of the writers are not consciously using literary strategies, but the stories certainly all have a point - and are hugely engaging on a personal level.
These are two very basic ways in if you are looking for inspiration in terms of subject matter.