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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.

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Just a few quick notes today.

Event Video Available

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.

Please go on over to Goodreads to enter.

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

dollar-sign-mdMonday 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 ›

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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.”

We are here to keep watch, not to keep.

Source: Kathryn Schulz, “When Things Go Missing” (The New Yorker)



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.

  • “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.”
  • Posted this week: the February Jewish Book Carnival, featuring news, reviews, and interviews from the world of Jewish Books.
  • Also up this week (and much appreciated by our team at Fig Tree Books LLC): a Publishers Weekly Q&A with author Abigail Pogrebin ahead of the release of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew.
  • And ICYMI: Last week, I participated with several other authors in “Memory Transferred: Voices from the Descendants of Destruction and Displacement” at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Video of that event is now available. Meantime, I’m preparing for a panel happening next week at Columbia University, on the subject of Jewish book publishing.
  • Shabbat shalom, everyone.

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    Words of the Week

    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.

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