6 Tips for Writing a Successful Persona Poem–guest blog post by Lois Roma-Deeley

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As writers we are so often told to “write what you know.” And this is good advice.

But this “rule” should not be taken literally, especially when creating persona poems. The poet must create a place where the reader must, as Samuel T. Coleridge famously said, “willingly suspends his [or her] belief.” The voice in a persona poem has to emerge from an authentic place within the poet. Yet this “taking on of the mask” requires an authenticity of emotion and not, necessarily, autobiographical veracity.

Let me give an example. Suppose I am going to write a persona poem in the voice of an Alien whose head is made of a pink volcanic ash which resembles something like that of a pencil eraser. The eyes of this being take the shape of a semi-colon; the body looks like of exclamation mark! This other-worldly being lives on Hailey’s comet and is…

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The Eastbank Killer

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Attorney Donna Bosque finds her life turned upside down when an attractive associate at her firm becomes convinced the Eastbank Killer, who has been terrifying Portland, is directly linked to their law firm.

 

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Chapter One

If it wasn’t for the cream-colored blouse unbuttoned an eighth of an inch lower than office decorum demanded, Astrid Merington would have reminded her boss, Donna Bosque, of a teenage boy telling campfire ghost stories.

Merington leaned back, one boot kicked up against the wall behind her, her face in shadow. It just after 5 PM, but the winter rain clouds had turned the sky black, and the halls of Pesher, Andrews, and Bosque were dark. The interns from Lewis and Clark Law School clustered around Merington, transfixed. Tony “my father is the DA so I know law” Peterson was openly leering. Twenty-two year old Barbara blushed when Merington looked at her…

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So you’re ready to start earning more this year? Whether you want to be more aggressive about paying off student loans, dig yourself out of credit card debt, or save toward a down payment or vacation, making extra money on the side is a smart strategy for working toward your goals.

While you could simply get a part-time job, I’m going to focus on entrepreneurial ventures — side jobs where you control your time and rates.Instead of working the shifts you’re given for a set wage, you’ll be your own boss, deciding what you do, when you do it and elow much you make.

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Announcing New Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Faculty

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The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is delighted to announce that Heidi Pitlor and Laura van den Berg will be joining us as full faculty on our upcoming retreats and workshops, and that Lily Hoang and Frederick-Douglass Knowles II will be our newly appointed Summer 2016 Teaching Fellows.  More about our new faculty and teaching fellows and their talented work in fiction, editing, publishing, nonfiction, poetry, and performance can be found below:

49zoqdckHeidi Pitlor received her B.A. from McGill University in Montreal and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She eventually became an editor and later a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Ploughshares, The Huffington Post, and Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers.

LauraCandidPhotoLaura van den Berg was…

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LOST FIELDS: 2016 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award

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The 2016 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award is accepting submissions until Thursday, June 30th.

The prize, which is run by the Linen Hall Library in Belfast, was set up in 2006 to foster and encourage the tradition of the Irish short story. Michael McLaverty (1904 – 1992) was one of Ireland’s distinguished short story writers and his archive was donated to the library in 2005.

Stories of up to 3,000 words on the theme of “LOST FIELDS” will be accepted and the entry fee is £10.

First prize is £2,000 and the top three stories will be published in an anthology.

Full entry details are available here.

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Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Competition 2016

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Niamh BoyceThe 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Competition is now accepting short story and poetry submissions.

“Since its inception in 2007, it has grown to become one of the most important competition’s for emerging writers in Ireland and internationally. The competition is open to both poets and fiction writers worldwide.”

This year’s judge is Niamh Boyce author of The Herbalist. [pictured]

The total prize money is €1,000. The best fiction entry will win €300. The best poetry entry will win €300. One of these will then be chosen as the overall winner and will receive an additional €400, giving the overall winner total prize money of €700 and the title Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 2016.

The 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year will be a Featured Reader at Ireland’s leading literary reading series, the Over The Edge: Open…

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