TELLING OUR STORIES
in the age of Covid-19
LET'S WRITE IT TOGETHER
The novel coronavirus pandemic is an historic event of unparalleled proportions. Since first arriving on the global stage in late 2019, it has reshaped entire national landscapes and has impacted a countless number of lives. Moreover, in many places, the pandemic is playing out against a backdrop of other equally historic moments and movements. No matter where we live, each of us has a unique story to tell in this time. We’d like to invite you to be part of a study that collects ongoing experiences, big and little, from people around the world living through this time. Together we will co-create a unique snapshot of life in what will surely be one of the most historically significant eras in human history.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
To join our storytelling community, simply sign up and look for daily journal links in your e-mail.
Add journal entries daily or simply as often as you can. Use the journal to share what you are noticing, witnessing, feeling, longing for, and experiencing in your life, community, and nation — whether it is directly linked to the coronavirus or not. The project will continue until it is clear that we are globally on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.
When we are all done, we will put together a snapshot of stories from everyone who visited that will go to everyone who participated. No participant names or other identifying information will be included in any publications from this project.
CAN I JOURNAL WITHOUT BEING IN THE STUDY?
Yes! If you are under 18 or if you do not want your entries to appear in a later publication, you can still come here to share and receive the e-publication we’ll create when it is done. Once you select “sign up now” look for the “Share only” button on the bottom of the first page of the survey.
HAVE A CREATIVE PROJECT TO SHARE?
...but don't want to participate in our journaling project?
Click the button below to submit images, poetry, or other projects you've been working on during this time, without signing up to journal.
WHO IS BEHIND THE 'TELLING OUR STORIES' PROJECT?
Dr. Janis Whitlock, a researcher at Cornell University is the lead investigator on this study. It grew out of an assignment she gave her students as part of the move from in-person to on-line learning that was required in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It soon became clear that many of us experiencing this moment may benefit from a journal outlet. Since our collective stories will undoubtedly create a unique portrait and contribute to lessons learned in the aftermath of this time, she and her team decided to launch this project. For more information about Dr. Whitlock, see: https://www.human.cornell.edu/people/jlw43
*If you've already signed up for this project, check your email for your daily journal link!