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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.

Words of the Week: Jen Psaki

“’Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties,’ Ms. Psaki said, citing conditions Hamas has repeatedly rejected. ‘It’s hard to see how Israel can be expected to negotiate with a government that does not believe in its right to exist.’”

Source: Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, quoted in The New York Times

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Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress: Five Not-So-Easy Pieces

Right now I am tracking the publication of five new pieces that should be out in the world this spring. They’re all freelance–by which I mean that I have been or will be paid for all of them–and they’re all nonfiction. And, with the exception of one “quickie,” which seemed to write itself, they were each quite challenging.

Two have already been published. One (the one that seemed to write itself) looks at stories and poems about writing for the ReadLearnWrite website. The second is a review of Aharon Appelfeld’s Suddenly, Love (trans. Jeffrey M. Green) for the Los Angeles-based Jewish Journal.

A third should be showing up in the mail any day. And I can let you in on it because someone else already has:

The final two are the mysteries. I haven’t yet found out exactly when they’ll appear. Suffice to say that I’m quite excited about them (each will mark my first byline with the associated publication). And I look forward to sharing them with you!

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Monday Markets for Writers

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

Photo credit: Bill Miller

Photo credit: Bill Miller

 

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, which asks us to share the best sentence(s) we’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

“My parents fought so much that the walls vibrated with rage.”

Source: Akhil Sharma, Family Life, p. 146

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Friday Finds for Writers

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

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