“Picking up a pen can be a powerful intervention against loneliness. I am a strong believer in writing as a way for people who are feeling lonely and isolated to define, shape, and exchange their personal stories. Expressive writing, especially when shared, helps foster social connections. It can reduce the burden of loneliness among the many groups who are most at risk, including older adults, caregivers, those with major illnesses, those with disabilities, veterans, young adults, minority communities of all sorts, and immigrants and refugees.”
~ Jeremy Noble, MD, MPH
Check out Jeremy’s full article, Writing as an Antidote to Loneliness on the Harvard Health blog.
“Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life, or achieving public recognition for your art — the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist/writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful response from other writers.”
~Pat Schneider, Founder of Amherst Writers & Artists
Pat’s masterpiece, Writing Alone & With Others, published by Oxford University Press, is full.
Full of writing advice. Full of stories about how writing can change lives. Full of inspiration to write to change your own life. Full of prompts to get your writing going with creativity and new energy.
Pick up a copy here. Then look for a group to write with in company, so you can develop your art to its fullest.