2018-03-07 / Rockingham

Elayne Clift to lead political commentary workshop

ROCKINGHAM — Award-winning writer and journalist Elayne Clift will lead a workshop, "Speaking Truth to Power: Writing Political Commentary," from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Rockingham Library.

Mark Twain was one. So was Martin Luther King, Jr, Molly Ivins, and Virginia Woolf. They all wrote political commentary, sometimes humorously, sometimes poignantly, sometimes fervently. This two-hour “Media Mentoring Project” workshop for emerging (ages 17-25) and other adults will strengthen writing skills needed to make a point, share an opinion or reflect on issues and current events that are important to the author without slipping into sentimentality, sounding confrontational, or slipping into sloppy arguments.

Participants can look at examples of good political commentary and try their hand at one ourselves. Visitors can come with an idea, a burning issue, or a point of view about something in the news.

Clift’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Vermont Magazine, and various other periodicals and anthologies. Clift, a columnist in The Commons’ Voices section, has published two memoirs, a novel, two books of poetry, three short story collections, three essay collections, and three anthologies.

The Media Mentoring Project offers practical, professional and candid advice from journalists and other media professionals in southern Vermont. MMP is supported by The Commons.

The program is free and open to the public. Contact mmp@commonsnews.org to register or for questions.

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