Coronavirus Diaries

Write Your History: Coronavirus Diaries Writing Program 

Join us for a weekly series of writing workshops to help you record your experiences of this time in journal form. Workshops will provide a safe space for participants to start a journal, or workshop material already in progress. No writing experience necessary! If you’re willing, the library will collect these accounts and maintain them as part of our Local History Collection, to document this important chapter in our shared history. All are welcome to participate; however, only stories from Watertown residents will be collected by the Library. 

Sign Up for A Zoom Workshop

WFPL will be running two virtual writing workshops, alternating Monday mornings and Monday evenings. Choose the workshop that fits your schedule and follow the link to register.

  • Write Your History: Morning Zoom Class
    Mondays 5/11, 6/1, 6/15, and 6/29 | 11 AM | Register here: bit.ly/DiariesMorning
  • Write Your History: Evening Zoom Class
    Mondays 5/18, 6/8, 6/22 | 7 PM | Register here: bit.ly/DiariesEvening

What to Expect

Workshops will be led by Watertown resident Ellen Kolton, a former journalist, feature writer, and editor.  She has conducted writing seminars for clinicians at Boston Medical Center and the Mass Medical Society. Feel to contact her at EllenKolton@gmail.com. Participants will have the choice of writing something original or taking a cue from an offered prompt, such as:

  • During this quarantine period, what has surprised you about yourself?
  • Have you started any new routines or rituals? 
  • What’s the best meal that you cooked?
  • How do you keep yourself and your family safe?  

Submit Your Writing

Works of writing from Watertown Residents will be collected during and after workshops to build a Coronavirus Diaries Archival Collection in the WFPL Local History Room. Submissions of completed work to be retained in the archive can be emailed to elevine@watertown-ma.gov at any time.