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Telling Our Stories in the Age of COVID-19

Tips For Getting Started

Big or small your narratives, poems, songs and digital or physical creations are all welcomed!

Contributing to history may sound daunting, but no one knows more about your experiences than you do. You are the expert of your own story! What is more, you can tell your story in any way you would like, using any medium or format that calls to you. There is no minimum length, but you may find that once you get started, it’s hard to stop!

To help, we've included some tips and tutorials. The peer educators in the CSUSM Writing Center also welcome the opportunity to meet with students who are working on submissions, though this is not required for participation with this project. If you'd like the assistance of the Writing Center, you can find more information on their website

Click on the following pages for more information:

  • Life Writing (biography, diary, memoir, and similar pursuits)


Share Your Story

All submissions will receive a receipt. Please check with individual faculty for extra credit policies.

45 CFR 46.102(l)(1) deems activities such as these as not being research and thus not applicable to IRB approval. "For purposes of this part, the following activities are deemed not to be research: (1) Scholarly and journalistic activities (e.g., oral history, journalism, biography, literary criticism, legal research, and historical scholarship), including the collection and use of information, that focus directly on the specific individuals about whom the information is collected."