Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure Chest
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.

  • I feel as though I could spend all weekend absorbing “The Great 2017 Indie Press Preview” from Electric Literature. (Subtitle: “A comprehensive look at what’s in store for small presses in 2017.”)
  • France has been on my mind a lot lately (and not just because of yesterday’s events). So I was intrigued to read A.K. Afferez’s “MFA vs. Saint Germain des Près” on the Ploughshares blog. It’s not the first time I’ve been moved to think about the paucity of creative-writing curricula in France (you’d need to dial back about two decades for that). But it is one of the first times I’ve seen anyone else mention it.
  • Who among us can’t benefit from this sort of refresher: Kris Spisak’s “5 Commonly Confused Words Starting With A” (on Jane Friedman’s site).
  • Appreciated seeing this on the Fiction Writers Review site this week: “From the Archives: as the annual observance of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) approaches this Sunday, we return to a 2011 essay by Erika Dreifus on the literary kinship among fictional works from an emerging cohort of “3G” (third-generation) Jewish writers: Julie Orringer, Alison Pick, and Natasha Solomons.”
  • And don’t forget: There’s a fresh batch of weekly Jewish-lit links for you over on my other blog.
  • Have a great weekend!

    5 thoughts on “Friday Finds for Writers

    1. Avital says:

      Hi Erika, Thanks for this fantastic resource. What books about survivors and descendants by “3G” (third-generation) Jewish writers: Julie Orringer, Alison Pick, and Natasha Solomons” do you recommend?

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Avital, I actually offer a lot about this both within the essay that’s already linked above and in a chapter I wrote for this book (, if you can get your hands on a copy. If you’re looking for still more info, I’ll try to put a list together for you another time. Thanks for your interest!

        1. Avital says:

          Thanks! The book sounds very interesting-but I can’t get it right now. Whenever you’re able to name the novels, I’d love to see it.

          1. Erika Dreifus says:

            Okay–again, lots of recs in the original FWR essay online to keep you going for a while!

        2. Avital says:

          Excellent. Thanks again!

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