ELDERLIT: The Hamilton Arms Writing Workshop

This free, twelve-week writing workshop took place at an assisted living facility (Hamilton Arms Center) in Lancaster, PA between October of 2019 and February of 2020. The project culminated with the publication of a chapbook anthology of the writers’ work, called The Berries Belonged to Everyone. Below you will find a link to download a pdf of the anthology, and a free resource page (Google Doc) which includes my rationale on the importance of writing with elders, tips for hosting your own workshop or writing session, a list of prompts, and links to similar initiatives. Lastly, at the bottom there is a video of me reading my favorite works from the anthology.

Due to COVID-19, many of the writers involved in the workshop passed away March and April of 2020.
This project is dedicated to them.

The Berries Belonged to Everyone

50 pages | Nine writers
Download a .pdf copy here

To get a physical copy, please email me a receipt of a donation to Meals on Wheels of Lancaster. Email: tylerstevenbarton [at] gmail [dot] com

Read some work from the book:
“Where I’m From” by Jean Lewis
“Marriage” by Herbert “Cubbie” Speise
“On The Scream by Judith Meyers

This project was made possible by the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and the Berks Arts Council. Cover image of The Berries Belonged to Everyone by Michelle Johnsen Photography.