Poor Yorick

Dear Students,
We already filled our quota for blog posts this semester; our blog submissions are currently closed. Please email me at CarolynBBernier@gmail.com if you’d like the following roles (they may fill up quickly):
1. Blog editor: oversee publication of blog on WordPress
2. Update calls for submission and update journal info on websites
3. Compose museum spotlight on Mark Twain House (or other museum)
4. Accompanying nonfiction piece

If you’ve already contributed to the journal, then you don’t need to email me about taking on a role.

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Hayden Receives Fellowship

In response to the Ta-Nahisi Coates testament to perseverance Brian posted in the previous blog, let me share that last year I applied for a BMI Foundation Fellowship and didn’t get it. I reapplied this year with a more focused letter of application and proposal, and  was named a 2016 recipient of the 11th Annual BMI Woody Guthrie Fellowship in the spring. I’m at the Woody Guthrie Archives in Tulsa, OK this week thanks to the fellowship which is supporting continued research for my forthcoming biography examining the humanitarian work and personal life of Marjorie Guthrie, former Martha Graham dancer, health advocate, and wife of Woody Guthrie.

Point is: Keep at whatever you’re experiencing your ups and downs with.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates on Writing

Well worth a few minutes!

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50 Online Publications

A great list to check out for every writer, fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, journalism, etc.

50 Awesome Websites


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How to Use Real People in Your Writing – Legally

Worried about using people you know or who might recognize themselves in your memoir  or as characters in your novel? Worth a read. By Attorney Helen Sedwick.

How to Use Real People in Your Writing Without Ending Up in Court


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2016’s Most Innovative Digital Storytelling

2016 more than met predictions for the popularity of digital storytelling platforms and applications like Facebook Live, Chatbots, Virtual Reality, Podcasts – especially political topics, Snapchat Memories & Instagram Stories.  Click on the link to read more.

Echo Storytelling Agency



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Ten Terrible Mothers & Fathers – Character Studies

Fathers get a lot of flack but mothers can also be dark and dangerous. Here’s ten mothers and ten fathers in literature who I’m sure their children would prefer to forget.

My pick for notorious mothers is Mrs. Lisbon in the Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Ten Terrible Mothers  (Electric Literature)

For fathers – Alexander Zalachenko in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Series by Steig Larsson.

Ten Terrible Fathers  (Electric Literature)

Not on the list but a huge influence in Kafka’s writing (one of my favorite writers) – his own sociopathic, narcisscistic father, whom he exposes in his “Letter to My Father.”  (Brain Pickings)


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