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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.”

Or was it stranger that Tyra Johnson, a beauty, had gained one hundred pounds and moved to Modesto, or that Brian Horwitz, the class clown, was president of his synagogue, or that Laurie Stone, who had held her hand tenderly as they walked into kindergarten, had been indicted for embezzlement at a local bank?

Source: Karen E. Bender, “Reunion” (in Refund: Stories)

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Words of the Week

“When it finally happened, and someone I knew compared Israelis to fascists, I looked at her post for an hour before I gathered the courage — after four decades of keeping quiet — to speak up. Virtually, at least.”

–Margarita Gokun Silver, “From Russia With Anti-Semitism” (OZY)

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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.

  • Coming in March, in Boston: an evening seminar on Writing About Religion, taught by Linda K. Wertheimer at GrubStreet.
  • Mazal tov to the 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards winners and honorees.
  • On the Moment magazine blog, Nomi Eve and Stephanie Feldman discuss “Why We Write Jewish Historical Fiction.”
  • There’s always something thought-provoking on the Hevria site. This week, I was especially moved by Chaya Lester’s “The Laryngitis of Jewish Women.”
  • And last–but not least!–the January edition of the Fig Tree Books newsletter. Complete with giveaway info for three upcoming novels of Jewish interest.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer


    A Literary Offering

    A few days ago, I received this message from Nancy Scott:

    “I am the managing editor of U.S.1 Worksheets, the journal of the U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative in New Jersey. [Every] year we give away extra copies of the journal to a worthy creative writing program, either a non-profit or school short on funds that would appreciate such a donation. We will pay the postage for shipping. Interested parties can contact the journal at us1poets(at)gmail(dot)com. Our website is us1poets.com.”

    If you’re interested, please do contact the journal directly. (I’m just the messenger here!)

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    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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