Share Your Story
5/17/15
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At Beyond Type 1, we hope to be an incredible resource for practical care as well as inspiration by providing information from T1D experts along with the personal stories from the larger community. This disease impacts people — patients, caregivers, researchers, neighbors, classmates, colleagues — in a multitude of ways. Your voice, your experience or your life hack will inspire someone else along their journey, so we invite you to tell your story. Thank you for sharing with the Type 1 community; we can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

 

Requirements for Writing a Personal Feature

The Story

  • Pick a focus – decide what makes your story stand out from other stories. (Do you have a special skill or have had a unique experience that you want to share? It, of course, should relate to Type 1 in some way!)
  • Choose an inciting incident  After you have a focus in theme, (e.g. skateboarding, music, fundraising, insurance management, motherhood, etc.) think of an experience involving that subject matter. Describe a specific event or moment that impacted you and changed the way you or others think.
  • Word Count: 600-1000

Other Inclusions

  • Bio: 3-5 sentences (your location, interests, any fun facts and your relationship to T1D).
  • Photos: 3-5 high resolution photographs (at least one headshot for your bio).
  • Connect your story to social media – Include any social media accounts (Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blog, etc.) so others can follow you and see what you’re all about!)
  • Prepare a description of your article for the social media platforms you use and would like to share your story on. (For example, write a tweet or brief Facebook message that explains your piece, so when your story goes live on our platforms, you’re ready to share it on yours as well.)
  • Send your story with photos, a bio and social media descriptors to editor@beyondtype1.org

Please Review:

Before you write, see what others have done in our features section.

 


 

Are you a doctor, diabetes educator, nutritionist, personal trainer, technophile or simply an expert in a specific field? We are always sourcing compelling content for the Type 1 community that addresses health and wellbeing, which may include anything from mental health and the physical sciences to hacks in technology and product review. If you are a trained specialist, tell us how you help others in your field. If you’ve recently discovered something that makes your T1D life better or improves the life of someone you love with Type 1, share it with us.

 

Requirements for Writing Clinical Content

The Story

  • Topic – What will be the subject of your writing? (This will be your title.)
  • Credentials – List all certifications and relative experience. What makes you the expert?
  • Research – Additional research may be required beyond your expertise, so be sure to have accurate information from reputable sources. (Be sure to cite these sources.)
  • Make an outline – Think of your story in terms of categories with subcategory information, (lists where appropriate can help organize your thoughts).
  • Write an opening – This should be approximately a paragraph and detail what you’ll cover in the piece. Have it include a “thesis-like” statement of intent so there are no surprises for the reader.
  • Word Count: 600-1000

Other Inclusions

  • Bio: 3-5 sentences (your expertise, location, interests and your relationship to T1D).
  • Photos: a headshot for your bio and any relating photographs (you in your field or products, etc.)
  • Connect your story to social media – Include any social media accounts (Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blog, etc.) so others can follow your expert advice!)
  • Prepare a description of your article for the social media platforms you use and would like to share your story on. (For example, write a tweet or brief Facebook message that explains your piece, so when your story goes live on our platforms, you’re ready to share it on yours as well.)
  • Send your story with photos, a bio and social media descriptors to editor@beyondtype1.org

Please Review:

Beyond Type 1 is a lifestyle brand that can be described as approachable, young and fun and the tone/voice of editorial content should also reflect that.

See examples of Beyond Type 1 clinical writing:

 


Are you a professional writer and interested in covering a Type 1 diabetes topic? Contact us.

 

Don’t have time to write a feature or clinical piece, but have an incredible story or valuable information to share? Pitch it to us, and we might interview you on the topic.

 

Looking in other ways to contribute content? Submit to our Instagram wall or send us recipes!