Adults Living with a Mental Health and/or Substance Use Condition: Be A Part of Write On!

Learn how to find your voice, write your truth, and inspire others to seek help!

Write On! is a writing and advocacy program for people diagnosed with a mental health condition and/or substance use disorder who want to become powerful storytellers and self-advocates. If you are selected to participate, you will advance your skills as a writer, learn how to use writing as a therapeutic tool in recovery, develop the confidence to share your work at public events or through online media channels, and become a vital part of educating your community on the realities of living with a mental health condition.

Classes will run in person at the ConnectiCare Waterbury Center (835 Wolcott St, Waterbury, CT 06705) on Wednesdays beginning September 21st and ending November 9th, with a live reading November 16th. Class time will be 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. All interested participants must complete the following application to be considered for entry into the Write On! program. Class size is limited to 15 participants.

Please submit your application by 9/2/22 to be considered.  

If you meet the following criteria, you will be considered as a candidate for selection: 

1) I am an adult (age 30+) with a mental health condition and/or substance use disorder and am actively in recovery 

2) I have goals of being a writer, have advanced writing skills that I want to improve upon, and can commit to attending and participating in an 8-week writing workshop

3) I wish to educate the public about the realities and challenges of living with a mental health condition and/or substance use disorder, and will participate in a public awareness campaign as a speaker or by sharing my story online

4) I can submit a writing sample of up to 500 words as a part of this application

Complete all questions in this survey.
Completing an application does not secure your spot in the course.

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* 1. Please indicate yes or no for the following statements:

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I live with a mental health or substance use condition
I consider myself as being in recovery

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* 2. Name the top TWO reasons you are interested in taking this class:

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* 4. Have you had any of your writing published previously? List anything, no matter how limited the audience (blogs, op-eds, school newspapers, etc.).

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* 5. How comfortable are you with social media and technology? Please indicate your participation/knowledge of the following – check all that apply.

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* 6. How would you rate your comfort with technology?

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* 7. Please write 300-500 words about some facet of your mental health journey.

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* 8. Do you understand and agree to the following statements? (Click each response to confirm your understanding and agreement to the statement.)

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* 9. Please complete the following fields:

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* 10. Please complete the following: