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.
Another Sunday in which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, which asks others to share the best sentence(s) we’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”
“She likes to speak with patients in person,” the nurse repeats, as if I’m slow as well as infertile.
Source, “End of the Line,” an essay by Rachel Hall, in the latest issue of Lunch Ticket.
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.
Looking for some good essays to read? Check out this list for some source recommendations. (h/t Brevity blog)
In keeping with my interest in and appreciation for “writing on writing,” I point you to Daniel Bosch’s poem “Call for Submission” on the NewPages blog.
An analysis of President Obama’s recent book purchases.
A video visit with fiction writer George Saunders, on the campus of Syracuse University, where he teaches.
Some interesting career-oriented items crossed my screen this week. First, this New York Times piece describes “the real humanities crisis” as the circumstances that prevent artists and writers from practicing their craft. Then, of special interest to me as a writer with a full-time, non-teaching job in a university, this Inside Higher Ed column takes a closer look at “alt-ac” careers.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
Watching my grandfather–a refugee from Nazi Germany and a U.S. Army WWII veteran–kindle the Hanukkah candles in 1972.
This evening brings the conclusion of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
Two years ago, I was privileged to have a short story included on National Public Radio’s “Hanukkah Lights” broadcast. That story, “Fidelis,” was on my mind last week when I caught this article in The New York Times Magazine about a World War II battle (Tarawa) that is central to it.
“Fidelis” is still available online, if you wish to listen to it. It’s the fourth of the four stories in the 2011 broadcast.
Monday 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).
Attention, NYC poets: The Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship “is an annual opportunity for poets to receive guidance and instruction from a distinguished and diverse faculty and enter the next stage of their professional and artistic practice. Funded for the third year by a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, this fellowship immerses poets in a twelve-week program consisting of workshops and meetings that are reinforced by the inspiring environment here at Poets House, including our poetry library and unique archives as well as a diverse offering of readings and conversations by leading poets and scholars. The program includes weekly writing workshops, mentoring sessions, meetings with guest speakers, free access to Poets House’s events and archival resources and culminates in a final group reading. Transportation support is available for participants. The application process is competitive; tuition is free to those accepted into the program.” No application fee. Deadline: December 10, 2013.
The December issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers over the weekend. Plenty of no-fee competitions and paying submission calls therein.
“The National Italian American Foundation seeks an Assistant Editor/Social Media Manager responsible for creating and managing social media content and development, and assist editor in all aspects of planning and production of glossy quarterly magazine, all other publications, and web content.” This job is in Washington.
“Avalon Travel and Seal Press seek a motivated, outgoing, and detail-oriented applicant with an interest in book publishing to fill the position of Publicity Assistant.” This position is in Berkeley, Calif.
From The Mysterious Bookshop in New York: “We are looking for a Personal Assistant to the owner of the bookshop, Otto Penzler.”
Also in New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art seeks a Website Editor.
“The Department of English at Suffolk University is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor for Fall 2014, pending budgetary approval. We are interested in candidates with expertise in creative writing, specifically non-fiction prose, and a demonstrated ability to teach composition and literature courses.”
St. Mary’s College of California seeks part-time Writers-in-Residence for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.