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I maintain two blogs: Practicing Writing and My Machberet. Posts for both blogs show up on this page, but you can visit each blog by clicking on the appropriate link. It's also possible to subscribe to each feed.

Practicing Writing: Here you'll find updates on writing and publishing opportunities (especially handy between issues of our popular monthly newsletter). You'll discover ONLY opportunities that charge no fees, and ONLY publications/contests that will pay for your writing. The blog also shares writing-related news, resources, and quotations; book reviews; and occasional updates regarding this practicing writer's own work.

My Machberet: "Machberet" is the Hebrew word for notebook. Since it's also (appropriately) one of the very first words I learned in my first Hebrew school in Brooklyn (and, I confess, one of the few conversational Hebrew words I still remember), I've chosen it to title this blog, where I offer write-ups on Jewish news (especially of the literary sort) and occasional commentary.

Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs.

dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›

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Sunday Sentence

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

That’s how it was living around defeated people.

Source: Jerome Charyn, “New York as a Crime Novel,” post for the Jewish Book Council.



Words of the Week


Just go read Richard Kemp’s New York Times op-ed, “The U.N.’s Flawed Gaza Verdict,” in its entirety. (NB: I used the title I found in the print version; online, the title is “The U.N.’s Gaza Report is Flawed and Dangerous.”)

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Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure Chest
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Thrilled to have had the chance to attend the Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference this week. Hope to have at least one or two more detailed posts for you sometime soon, possibly over on the Fig Tree Books blog.
  • Speaking of Fig Tree Books: Notice who has published three of the nine books on JTA’s summer reading list!
  • My weekend plans include catching up on Jerome Charyn’s posts for the Jewish Book Council “Visting Scribe” series.
  • The Forward seeks your help in finding “the best new voices in Jewish music.”
  • “An alarming number of poor souls among our brethren seem to feel that all they require for a genuine Jewishness is Woody Allen and Philip Roth and Jerry Seinfeld.” Just one of many eye-catching lines from Leon Wieseltier, via Tablet.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Five Thoughts On Sam Apple’s TABLET Story

    red-31980_640“The Butcher of Desire; or Imagining Philip Roth” is a “longform” piece by Sam Apple, recently published in Tablet magazine as part of Tablet‘s “original fiction” series. It is a brilliant piece of writing. I read it days ago, and I am still thinking about it.

    Which made me wonder: What is it about this piece that I find so striking? How and why is this work so significant to me?

    I’ve come up with five possible answers. Continue reading ›

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