Write One Page!

Welcome to Arlington Writes, the life story writing project that got its launch from a 2014 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Arlington Cultural Council. Once only open to people with a connection to Arlington, the project now welcomes stories from all over the country and aboard.  People of all ages and shoe sizes have stories to tell that we can learn from.  Please consider adding your story to the collection.

You needn’t be a “writer” to contribute. Follow the prompts to see if they lead you to a story you need to write.  Read existing stories and leave your comments.  Tell your friends and family to send their stories in too.   This site is open to all–this means you, kids, teens and adults of all stripes! Write your story for all to read!

The world in a chair in a word in a phrase in a life

An Unedited Unrevised Once

Once in the realm of all possibility, I picked up a pen and wrote my story thinking it might be something useful for others and wanting to solve and heal and puzzle out parts of my own life that were still causing me confusion and pain. Once I picked up the pen and words flooded out of it on to the lines of the paper. Once I plucked the keys of a typewriter like percussion and once the words congregated on the ... [more]


Riding the 77!

Once I was too busy to ride the bus. That changed when I enrolled in graduate school at Lesley University in Cambridge. It made sense to ride the 77 bus to school, straight shot up and down Mass Ave. ... [more]


Summers at The Rez

Once my love affair with water began, the rest was easy. It began at The Rez. Being the oldest automatically made me in charge of my six younger siblings. For the most part, our 15 minute walk was bri... [more]