Note:  Now you can download a copy - see the instructions below.

WRITE NOW: Maintain a Creative Spirit While Homebound and Ill

 A non-profit free resource

        A fourth printing of WRITE NOW.- Maintaining a Creative Spirit While Homebound and Ill remains available without charge to patient groups, health-care providers, and individuals. The book is made possible through a fourth generous grant from the Puffin Foundation Ltd. and via support from the New Jersey CFS Association and the National Association for Poetry Therapy. The Puffin Foundation supports projects that encourage "a dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people." The 92-page WRITE NOW provides many insights on the benefits of writing when one is ill, limited, or confined for lengthy periods. The guide suggests numerous ideas and exercises to tap a creative spirit, covering everything from lists and letters to poems and fiction. Several people living with long-term health problems share thoughts and writings in the volume. They range from teenager to elderly; from several months to a lifetime of disability; from novice writer to published poet; and from Connecticut to California. WRITE NOW offers a welcome dose of help and hope to all.

        WRITE NOW has been used by people of varied ages and circumstances throughout the U.S. and abroad. They've coped with diverse illnesses, disabilities, and injuries. While many have benefited from using WRITE NOW at home, the guide also has been successfully utilized in hospices, assisted- living communities, hospitals, veterans' health agencies, and nursing homes; by support groups and out-patient services; in counseling and occupational, recreational, and art therapies; and more. To disseminate the guide to a wide audience, there is an unusual open-duplication policy: organizations, agencies, and individuals are encouraged to make additional copies for others.

        To receive a free print copy of WRITE Now, please send a self-addressed 6x9 envelope with affixed postage for 5 ounces ($1.26). For print requests outside the U.S.A., send six international postal coupons or $5.00, U.S. funds. Desktop-publishing access via disk and larger quantities of WRITE NOW are available upon request. Address all inquiries to: WRITE NOW, P.O. Box 341, Penns Grove, New Jersey 08069-0341 U.S.A.

Note: The Renal Network, Inc., of Indianapolis is the generous web host of a downloadable version (usable with MS Word) at
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"Bursting with ideas and suggestions." Diabetes Self-Management

"[Dion] has translated her experience ... A wise analyst with a gift." The Messenger

"Just get it down and get ready for what comes next." Mouth

"This is a gem." Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making by John Fox

"Helpful for all, but especially ... for people who have never written before." Quest

"A wealth of encouragement and practical advice." Disability Resources Monthly

"She clearly has a passion for her craft and explains how each of the writing activities can be fun, purposeful, or soul-searching." ADVANCE for Occupational Therapists

"An outstanding project ... funded with love." Expressions "A brilliant booklet ... warm, friendly, humorous." lnteraction

'This compassionate acknowledgment of how limiting disability can be, coupled with an imaginative readiness to get around those limitations, makes Ms. Dion a trusted and inspiring guide .... delightful and instructive . . ." Disability Issues  

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