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Writing is therapy

To the Editor,

In this time of rising pandemic and increasing seasonal isolation it remains very important to seek ways to stay connected in our community. As a senior who is used to doing her socializing as she volunteers, I am finding it difficult to shift gears into a more technical and less personal way of living. I was very grateful when Wells Gray Country Seniors Society promoted learning technology by signing up for online tutorials with cyberseniors.org. The website offers tutorials in a wide variety of topics such as “Learning about smart watches,” “How to use Zoom” and “What to consider when buying a smart phone?” all aimed at helping seniors expand their comfort with using technology.

Wells Gray Country Seniors Society also offers a time and place to participate in a Writers’ Circle. The group now meets once or twice a month via Zoom.

Kamloops Society for the Written Arts is a vibrant organization and has many events to share. Book talks and silent writes along with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) are also supported by our public library.

Writing is therapy. With the pandemic causing much distress and with the intent to help seniors stay connected and buoyed up during this difficult time, Wells Gray Writers’ Circle has launched a writing challenge to the entire Wells Gray Country senior’s community.

Folks are challenged to write stories of courage and resilience. The stories can be fiction or non-fiction. The intent is to collect the submissions, along with other writing from the Writers’ Circle group and publish a collected works.

The deadline for submissions to be considered for this publication is Dec. 31, 2020. Submission details will be broadcast in December.

Sandra Holmes, Community volunteer

Clearwater, B.C.