Write One Page!

Welcome to Arlington Writes, the town-wide, life story project supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Arlington Cultural Council. You and past and present Arlingtonians of all ages (this means you, kids, teens and adults of all stripes!) are invited to write one page from your life experience introduced by the word “Once.”

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]


Once Can Last a Long Time

Once I heard she was going to die, I did all I could to stop those forces represented by the surgeon in green with two neat drops of blood on his green OR scrubs at Mayo's, at the end of a long road w... [more]


Once Upon an Override Campaign

Once I heard the word “override,” I jumped into local politics and never looked back. Control of the tax rate by the people! It seemed so revolutionary. It turned out it is indeed revolutionary ... [more]