Memoir Writing Groups
My response to Covid-19
When Covid-19 hit, my once full calendar went blank. The activities I did that were fun, social, and stimulating came to a screeching halt. Looking at how this devastation was hitting everyone, I wondered how I could do something, while staying at home, that would make an immediate difference in the lives of others. I longed for creative, social and intellectual stimulation. The voice of my inner teacher gave me an idea that would meet all those needs.
I had been introduced to memoir writing when my mother participated in a memoir class prior to her illness. When she moved here, we organized one at her continuous care facility. Sharing life stories seemed like a perfect way to navigate life in the pandemic. Using Facebook as a platform, I advertised my interest in starting and leading a memoir sharing group.
The group evolved into an intimate space for folks to share their stories and experience joy and connection in a time of isolation and anxiety. When I learned about the Virtual Community Center at Age Friendly Rhode Island, I offered to started a second group specifically to serve the elder community here in Rhode Island.