Contributing Your Lived Experience
If you’re ready to ‘put pen to paper’ and join others who are sharing how they have learned from their lived experience to be of help to others, then thank you! Here we have provided a short guide on how to structure and share the knowledge you have gained from your lived experience, to support the Foundation’s education strategy.
Before You Begin
Please note that the Foundation is wishing to encourage people to share experiences so we can help deliver education through actual learnings, practical experience, and success stories of people who have already implemented approaches that they know to have delivered success.
Choosing the Topic
While there are so many extremely interesting topics out there, we’re currently focusing on the following key lifestyle health categories
- Food and Drink
- Nature and Gardening
- Movement and Play
- Social and Emotional Development/Interest
- Arts and Crafts
That means that we’re only accepting articles within these fields at the moment.
Keep Your Audience in Mind
We feel that it’s important to be mindful of who will be reading your writing which is: a diverse, global community of people who may not be sharing a professional background but a passion and mindset. Like you, it is our desire to engage and activate our readers, and therefore, we’re keen you share your experience in an informative and inspiring while using slightly entertaining approach. Focus on the main messages you want to share, and make your knowledge as actionable as possible. If you wish to support your writing with any reading you have done, including published research, and use images, even better!
Focus on the “How-to”
We’re keen that our readers come away from reading articles with a sense of “How-to”. We want to know how things have been done, how what you have implemented has helped, how change has been driven – what has worked and what hasn’t (learning about the challenges and failures, and how to deal with them is an essential part for sure), and any recommendations you can offer. What is the main message that you want to share with your audience? What were your learnings?
Format and Formalities
Format and formalities are just as important as the content and language of your article. Here’s a quick reminder:
- Please mark quotes correctly,
- Insert sub-headings (helping to keep the text readable),
- Add picture credits to the name of the image that you include.
Once you finished writing your article and send it to us, a member of the editorial team will check if it meets the guidelines and direction of the Lifestyle Health Foundation and then approve it to be placed in the Library. You will receive an email as soon as your article is approved and uploaded.
Ready to hit the keys? First, make sure to register for a Library account. Once you are registered you will then be able to submit articles. Download the article form here, fill it out, and send it to email@example.com.
Any questions? Don’t hesitate to email us via firstname.lastname@example.org!