Public life-writing projects


Corona Diaries

Corona Diaries documents the pandemic through personal stories - big and small. It's an open source audio project meaning anyone can contribute their audio story, and anyone can use them. Led by Uli Köppen, Tanja Pröbstl, Francesca Panetta and James Burke of the Nieman 2019 Fellowship, with sound artist Halsey Burgund.


Global Resilience: COVID19 Stories Project

The Global Resilience: COVID 19 Stories Project seeks to collect human stories of resilience from around the world. By Mariam Hassoun.


Journals of a Pandemic

A grassroots project encompassing dozens of writers, from students to sex workers, all recording their efforts to make sense of our new situation. Led by Ana Baeza-Ruiz, Gayan Samarasinghe, Marcus Gilroy-Ware, Terry Craven.


Life-Writing of Immeasurable Events

Encourages people to share what they are doing, feeling, experiencing, in these strange times, through life-writing. We release regular creative prompts, which people are free to interpret as they wish, and we collect anecdotes, poems, journal or diary entries, essays, any form of life-writing. Katherine Collins and Freya Marshall Payne.


Lockdown 2020

Lockdown2020 is a small crowd-sourcing project run by the Faculty of English and IT Services at the University of Oxford. It is aimed at any member of Oxford University who wishes to record for future generations their experiences during the CoVID19 pandemic, how it has affected their work, study, departments, college, or even neighbourhood.


Lockdown Diaries of the Working Class

Lisa Mckenzie collected 38 lockdown diaries describing the isolation, fear and loneliness of this period, which will be illustrated and published in a cartoon-strip format to make them accessible to everyone.


Museum of Oxford City Stories

Objects and stories about the people of Oxford's responses, stories, and feelings during the Covid-19 Pandemic.


On Keeping a Pandemic Diary

Arnold Thomas Fanning, Arts Council Writer in Residence, NUI Galway, 2020, is the author of Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery, shortlisted for the 2019 Wellcome Bookprize. 


Solidarity and Care

Solidarity and Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic is a public platform supported and produced by The Sociological Review that documents and reports on the lived experiences, caring strategies and solidarity initiatives of diverse people and groups across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Stories from the Pandemic

Emory Telling and Hearing our Stories (ETHOS) and Emory’s Oral History Program are responding to COVID-19 by announcing the Stories from the Pandemic Project. 


Pandemic Diaries

The New York Public Library is committed to preserving and making accessible the stories that shape our history so that people today, along with future generations, can better understand our world and each other. The audio diaries we collect will document the experiences of people from all walks of life, in their own words. These diaries will be archived in NYPL’s research libraries.


Poetry and Covid

A Project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Plymouth, and Nottingham Trent University. Our project proposes the writing, exchange, publication and discussion of poetry as a significant cultural response, benefiting the wellbeing of people from around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


WRITE where we are NOW

Carol Ann Duffy and the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University have brought together poets from around the world to write new poems during the Coronavirus crisis. Our poets were invited to write directly about the pandemic or about the personal situation they found themselves in during lockdown.