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.
First things first: Following up on last week’s post about the event at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, I’m happy to share a video of the event, including each author’s presentation and the group discussion/Q&A that followed.
In Other Event-Related News
Speaking of events, a quick thank-you to everyone who came out to Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies last night for “Still the People of the Book? A Discussion of Jewish Book Publishing Today featuring a conversation with Erika Dreifus, Fig Tree Books, Naomi Firestone-Teeter, Jewish Book Council, and Stuart Matlins, Jewish Lights, and moderated by Adam Kirsch, Jewish Studies MA Program Director.” It was wonderful to see so many friendly faces in the room!
Last-Chance Pre-Publication Giveaway
And while we’re on the subject of Jewish books—today brings the launch of one final pre-publication giveaway for Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. I’m coordinating this giveaway on behalf of Fig Tree Books LLC, is publishing the book on March 14.
Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying listings of competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›
Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
“The digital version of The Canadian Jewish News, cjnews.com, is rolling out a first-person essay section, and we’re looking for content! We’re soliciting first-person essays that are fresh, thoughtful and honest, written in a strong narrative voice. Wherever you fall on the denominational spectrum – whether you’re Orthodox, traditional, secular, an atheist, whatever – we’re interested in writing that highlights your experience of being Jewish – whatever that looks like, or means to you – in 2017.” Check the announcement for guidelines (and note that I’ve confirmed with the editor that essayists will be paid).
“JWA is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Rising Voices Fellowship, a national program for Jewish female-identified teens that builds leadership through writing and develops young women’s ability to influence important conversations of the Jewish community. Interested teens going into grades 10-12 who have a passion for writing, feminism, and social justice are invited to apply by April 23, 2017.”
Many meaningful words were shared by my fellow panelists at last Thursday’s “Memory Transferred: Voices from the Descendants of Destruction and Displacement,” an event held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I’m proud to present this video from the evening.
Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories (Last Light Studio), which is an ALA Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title for outstanding Jewish literature. Quiet Americans was also named a Notable Book (The Jewish Journal) and a Top Small-Press Book (Shelf Unbound). Erika is a contributing editor for Fiction Writers Review and an advisory board member for J Journal: New Writing on Justice, and she wrote the section on “Choosing a Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing” for the second edition of Tom Kealey’s Creative Writing MFA Handbook (Continuum, 2008). Erika is also the editor/publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free (and popular) e-newsletter featuring advice, opportunities, and resources on the craft and business of writing for fictionists, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction.
A high-ranking Nazi’s wife and a Jewish doctor in prewar Berlin. A Jewish immigrant soldier and the German POWs he is assigned to supervise. A refugee returning to Europe for the first time just as terrorists massacre Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. A son of survivors and the family secrets modern technology may reveal. These are some of the characters and conflicts that emerge in Quiet Americans, in stories that reframe familiar questions about what is right and wrong, remembered and repressed, resolved and unending. Portions of the proceeds from sales of Quiet Americans are being donated to The Blue Card. Quiet Americans has been named a 2012 Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title (American Library Association) and recognized as a “Notable Book” (The Jewish Journal) and “Top Book” (Shelf Unbound).
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