Today we launch a new section on Positively Scottish: IRL.
We’re inviting readers to share their personal stories of how they dealt with serious problems, or how their experience of working with others, maybe as a coach or counsellor, is worth hearing.
The thinking behind IRL (or In Real Life for anyone not familiar with textspeak…hey, we had to double-check) is that writing and sharing can be therapeutic for the individual, and useful and inspirational for other readers.
Today’s launch article, by Steven McCrystal, is a great example: he explains how he came to terms with a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder, and has successfully reinvented himself as a writer and artist.
But the new section’s not restricted to health issues – it’s whatever you want to write about, as long as it fits into our overall philosophy of tackling a problem in a positive manner.
That might be a creative solution to LGBTI discrimination, how you cope with living in a remote location or island, or how you’re finding life in Scotland as a recent immigrant.
Our relatively tiny budget means we can’t afford to pay for these articles, but we’re arranging a couple of things to reward everyone taking part:
- free participation in regular writing masterclasses with some of Scotland’s finest journalists, with tips and a Q&A session each time.
- the author of the best article each month, as judged by us, will receive £50 to be donated to the charity of their choice.
If you’d like to take part in IRL, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell us what you’d like to write about, and if you’d like to post a single article or have an idea for a regular series.