TELLING OUR STORIES
in the age of COVID-19
LET'S WRITE IT TOGETHER
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is an historic event of unparalleled proportions that will have direct and indirect impact on nearly every life around the globe. Each of us will have different stories to tell about how it has affected our lives. We’d like to invite you to be part of a study that collects ongoing experiences, big and little, from people around the world. Together we can co-create a unique snapshot of life in the time of COVID-19 in what will surely be one of the most historically significant eras in human history. And, we can use what we learn to help support people in future pandemics and other disasters.
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. The project will continue until it is clear that we are on the other side of the COVID-19 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.
Write daily or a few times a week, post pictures or stick with text, share anything you are noticing - there are no rules. Just come share your story and know that we are in this together.
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.
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!