Common Weal Community Arts
 

It is through this time spent in the sharing of creative writing that we learn to understand ourselves and others. I believe art… is meant to be shared.

— Lynda Monahan —
 

 
 

Writing stories can provide a way of coping with pain and sorrow when life is lived in a hospital.

Often time in hospital marks the most intense periods of people’s lives. Writer Lynda Monahan knows this firsthand from her own family experience. As a result, Lynda began the Writer on the Wards program. The program enabled people of all ages and abilities to write and tell their stories, providing patients, staff, families and caregivers a chance, within extremely difficult circumstances, to be positive and hopeful and to be able to say through their writing “this is me, these are my thoughts and feelings.”

Over the course of this year Lynda spent time on the wards in the Victoria Hospital and other facilities in Prince Albert. With a cartful of colourful journals and a big basket of pens, she encouraged participants to write from their own experience, providing a listening ear and trying to reflect and reinforce the positive in what is communicated. Lynda has found giving people the tools and opportunity to tell their stories can provide a way of coping with pain and sorrow during these trying times in life.

Starting Year

  • 2014

Artist

  • Lynda Monahan

Project Locations

  • Prince Albert

# of Participants

  • 612

# of Self-published Books

  • 10

Youngest Participant

  • 9 yrs

Oldest Participant

  • 100 yrs

# of Artist-led Workshops

  • 20

Partners

  • Prince Albert Parkland Health Region
  • Prince Albert Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Herb Bassett Day Center
  • Pineview Terrace Lodge

Funders

  • Community Initiatives Fund
  • City of Prince Albert
  • SaskLotteries Community Grant
 
photo credit: Patti Koivisto

photo credit: Patti Koivisto

ARTIST, HELLO IN THERE
LYNDA MONAHAN

I am a writer based in Prince Albert. It has always been my desire to bring creative writing to the lives of those who might otherwise never have the opportunity to discover its benefits. This is something I am very passionate about. Whether it is with the CMHA Writing for Your Life group, or as hospital writer-inresidence, writing with seniors in long term care or with the young mothers at the Rendalyn Home, it is through this time spent in the sharing of creative writing that we learn to understand ourselves and others.

I believe art, no matter what the genre should never be a tight-fisted thing. It is meant to be shared. It is very exciting to be a midwife to other people’s creativity. I am continually grateful for the opportunities Common Weal affords me to bring my skills and enthusiasm for creative writing to the community in which I live.