The Coronavirus pandemic is the only event in our lifetime that has impacted every person alive in the world today. For most of us, it has turned our lives upside down and put strain on our physical, emotional, and relational health. It has caused us to rethink our priorities and to question who we are and what’s important in our lives. Though we long to return to normal, we suspect that something significant has changed and our lives may never be the same again.
For writers, we feel called upon to write. One of the ways I got through the pandemic was to write regular articles including:
- Dare to Know: Practical Tools for Maintaining Meaning, Hope, and Joy in the Face of Collapse.
- Writers Who Save Lives: Healing Men, Women, and Children Survive and Thrive in the Post-Covid-World.
- Father Earth and the New Partnership Revolution: Healing Relationships in the Post Coronavirus World.
In this upbeat, engaging, and healing program, I will talk about what we can learn as we reflect on our experiences in our personal and professional world since Covid entered our lives. I’ll share my own healing journey, what happened when my grandson was diagnosed with Covid, and how I used writing as a healing practice.
We will also talk about how we can use our experiences to explore the creative journey of memoir and what ideas we might explore for turning our experiences into the next book on life, love, and memoir.
What Writers Will Gain
- A writer’s perspective on how the pandemic has impacted our personal and professional lives.
- An understanding of trauma and how its effects continue years after the event.
- Knowledge about the different ways men and women have been impacted by Covid.
- How the many months moving through the stages of Covid can be a source of creative inspiration for memoir writers.
- As we come through the crisis and begin to heal from the trauma, we have an opportunity to heal ourselves and help others, through creative writing.
- Making sense of the past year can help us create a healthy foundation for moving into the future.
Dr. Jed Diamond is the author of sixteen books including two memoirs, Inside Out: Becoming My Own Man and his recently published My Distant Dad: Healing the Family Father Wound and accompanying workbook, Healing the Family Father Wound: Your Playbook for Personal and Relationship Success. Three of his other books, Surviving Male Menopause, The Irritable Male Syndrome, and Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Overcoming Romantic and Sexual Addictions, became international best-sellers. This books have been translated into seventeen foreign languages.
Diamond is one of the world’s leading experts on gender medicine and men’s health and he is the founder and director of MenAlive. Since 1969, he has been helping men, and the women who love them, to live fully, love deeply, and make a positive difference in the world.
He has been married to his wife, Carlin, for 41 years. They are proud parents of five children, seventeen grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. He lives in Willits, California and can be reached at www.MenAlive.com.