Writing Your Letter
This project is all about looking back at the person you were
with the information you have now.
With honesty, empathy and understanding the 'Lost Girls' projects asks you to write
a letter to your younger self, to the young person you were before your diagnosis.
What should you put in this letter, you ask?
Well, that's mostly up to you (with a couple of guidelines.)
Handwritten letters are preferable.
Your letters will be stylised in your handwriting for exhibition,
(If you are unable to handwrite your letter, typed letters will be accepted)
Take a well-lit photo of your letter and attach it to your email.
If you are unable to email a handwritten letter,
please attach a PDF of your typed letter.
You can email your letter to:
Stay anonymous in your letter
Be as honest as possible, but please refrain from using names, places or any
other significantly identifiable information.
Make sure you're in the right headspace.
Check in with yourself, emotional journaling can be very powerful but also triggering.
It's up to you to decide whether partaking in this project is the right thing.
If you can't be honest with yourself, who can you be honest with?
Tell yourself the things you wish you had known before diagnosis.
What advice would you give to get through some of the challenges you have faced?
What have you learned about yourself since being diagnosed?
Don't overthink it.
Your letter doesn't need to be perfect.
Raw, unedited emotion (spelling mistakes and all) is even better!
Be kind and compassionate to yourself.
Talk to yourself the way you would talk to a friend you care for.
How long Should my letter be?
There are no word limits on your letter, it can be a few sentences or a couple of pages. Whatever allows you to express yourself in the way you need is accepted.
What is the deadline for my contribution?
There is currently no hard deadline, as this project is a work in progress. Further details about exhibition dates etc. will be sent out when dates are confirmed.
If you are experiencing any distress or concerns during or after writing your letter, please get in contact with a supportive family member or friend.
You can also access advice from the following mental health organisations:
Phone services (available 24 hours):
Beyondblue 1300 22 4636
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue Online Chat
(available from 3pm until midnight)
(available from 7pm until midnight)
Please fill out the following form in order to
participate in 'The Lost Girls Project'
I release all rights to any SUPPLIED IMAGES or WRITTEN COPY by me to the artist
EBONY WIGHTMAN (ABN 95 982 049 986) and give consent in advance to their reproduction
in print or electronic form for use by the artist.
I waive any interest that I may have in the copyright to the images or written copy provided now or at any future time and acknowledge that I am not entitled, nor shall in the future be entitled, to receive any payment or consideration in respect of it and agree to make no claim against EBONY WIGHTMAN for any payments for the Publication of my SUPPLIED IMAGES or WRITTEN COPY.
I understand EBONY WIGHTMAN cannot control unauthorised use of my SUPPLIED IMAGES or WRITTEN COPY by persons not associated with the artist EBONY WIGHTMAN upon the Publication of SUPPLIED IMAGES or WRITTEN COPY.
The personal information on this form is requested in order to obtain your consent for the use as outlined above. The information will be used by EBONY WIGHTMAN for the purpose of verifying that proper consent has been provided in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2009.
The Artist may use provided details to message with you further details and opportunities
for involvement in the 'Lost Girls' Project.
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Email your Letter in the form of a JPEG, PNG or PDF
to 'The Lost Girls Project' email at...
Thank you for partaking in this arts project and helping further the conversation around autism in women and non-binary people.