Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.

  • A happy discovery: The Cultural Services of the French Embassy has launched a new podcast titled “The Thing About France,” which already seems to be featuring a number of conversations with authors. The latest episode (and the first one that I’ve listened to) features Adam Gopnik (and for me, the icing on this especially delicious gâteau is a portion of the discussion that focuses on the work of Romain Gary.
  • No “official” residency or retreat in the cards this summer? Take heart (and perhaps instructive inspiration) from Jo Varnish’s “The Benefits of a DIY Writing Retreat.”
  • From Tatiana Walk-Morris: “How I Got My Copyright Back in My Contract.”
  • “I’d heard plenty of times from teachers and fellow writers that reading your work out loud was essential to improving your writing, but for some reason I resisted committing fully to this practice.” No longer. Read on to discover why Aatif Rashid is now all-in.
  • And over on the My Machberet blog, there’s a fresh batch of Jewish-lit links—including the sad news that broke yesterday about the passing of author Lucette Lagnado.
  • Have a good weekend, everyone.