Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things:

1. What’s more fun than a writing workshop? (Wait, don’t answer that.)

Story Pirates logo

Seriously, I had much more fun reading kids’ stories and writing brief responses—over pizza, no less—for the Story Pirates program. Last Thursday evening’s session was organized by the Publishers Advertising Marketers Association (PAMA)-NY.

2. New byline! I’m grateful to Jewish Journal for letting me write up some takeaways from a recent evening spotlighting the hit series “Fauda” and its creators.

3. I know how lucky I am to be able to celebrate Father’s Day with my wonderful dad in person this weekend. But the day can be difficult for those whose circumstances differ. One of the authors I’ve worked with over the past several months, Lisa Romeo, has a beautiful essay on the Covey Club site about living with the grief of her father’s passing.

3 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Nancy Brewka-Clark says:

    Hello, Erika,

    I was just going through my submissions list checking off old dates and went to the Louden Public Library Rhyme On! page. They had chosen winners and put everyone in an ebook, and lo and behold, I found that I had been named runner-up in the Funniest Poem category. When I got over my surprise, I went further down and found that you were in there as an Honorable Mention winner for Best Free Verse. So, congratulations! Did you know you’d been named? Did I miss seeing you mention it? In any event, good for us both, and a huge thanks for all you do for writers.

    All my best,


    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      My goodness, Nancy. No, I hadn’t known at all! I checked the website the day they announced the winners, and at that time I saw no other information, and no e-book. Thank you so much for the news—and congratulations on the success of your funny poem (I have a “dentist poem” that I’m trying to place, too, although it isn’t funny!).

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