Columns and Suggested Topics for connection Magazine
Ideas to get you writing for FA's magazine by food addicts for food addicts
Readers benefit from details and specifics about what you were like, physically, mentally, and spiritually before FA, how you found Program, and what you are like now, in recovery. The magazine currently contains six different sections. You may write for any of the sections. In general, articles are less than 1300 words.
Please review connection Writing Guidelines.
Columns included in each issue of the magazine:
- Qualification: Tell your story, just as you would tell it at a meeting. Often a Qualification is written as a timeline of the author’s life, including descriptive details about food addiction and The AA Big Book describes it as “what it used to be like, what happened, and what it’s like now.”
- Feature: A Feature article is a theme-based article that focuses on a meaningful event that illustrates the pain the author experienced while eating addictively and/or an event that illustrates the use of the tools or Steps in recovery. A Feature article may also compare how you handled a situation or relationship before FA and how you handled a similar situation in recovery.
- No Matter What: Write about a difficult situation and explain how you were able to get through it abstinently.
- First 90 Days: Describe your first 90 days in FA. Help newcomers relate to your experiences during your early months in FA.
- Frontier Focus: What challenges have you faced and how have you worked your program to stay abstinent while living on the FA Frontier. FA defines a Frontier member as anyone living far away from an established fellowship, including areas with very small meetings or only one
- Lighten Up: Relate a humorous situation you encountered in recovery. These are typically short articles, often two or three paragraphs.
Because stories in connection are meant to resemble "shares" from the front of an FA meeting room, submissions of poems, lists, commentaries, or letters will not be published, regardless of the quality.
Being a newcomer
- Becoming a member of your meeting / fellowship
- How you discovered FA
- Learning how to weigh and measure your food, grocery shop, etc.
- Qualifying for the first time
- Committing to three meetings every week
- Sitting there during the break at a meeting not knowing anyone
- Coming back to your meeting after having gained weight
Life cycle events/Living in Recovery
- Birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc.
- Having children/parenting in recovery
- Dating/marriage in recovery
- High school, college, graduate school in recovery
- Traveling in recovery
- Eating in restaurants—specific incidents pre- and post-recovery
- Learning how to think beyond the bite
- Addressing character defects in action
- Learning patience and not interrupting everyone
- Learning to identify with the term "addict"
Tools/Taking Care of Ourselves
- Ways the FA tools have been helpful
- Being quiet for an entire 30 minutes
- Relationship with a sponsor
- Setting boundaries around work
- Feeling rested, at long last
- A pivotal event that led to the realization of your food addiction
- Development of your Higher Power
- A description of your “hitting bottom”
- Feeling like you had discovered a miracle
Consequences of Food Addiction
- Legal consequences of food addiction – specific incident(s)
- Physical (health) consequences of food addiction
- Experiences with relapse and subsequent renewal of recovery
- Getting caught eating