Friday Finds for Writers

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Most Fridays the Practicing Writing blog shares writing and publishing resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend. But it’s been an excruciating week for so many of us. And frankly, I’ve paid next-to-no attention to garden-variety news from the writing and publishing spheres.

On Wednesday, however, I received an email from Facing History and Ourselves, a Boston-based global nonprofit organization that I’ve admired for many years. The email introduced a “mini-lesson” titled “Processing Attacks in Israel and the Outbreak of War in the Region.”

The resource isn’t perfect. (What resource is?) But one of its segments impressed me as something that, though intended for educators and students, could be clarifying for writers as well, in our work and in the rest of our lives. It’s a section titled “Avoiding Antisemitic and Islamophobic Tropes in Discussing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”

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  • I haven’t had a chance to listen to this Colorado Review podcast yet myself, but the description alone inspires a share: “In this month’s episode, podcast host Evan Senie interviews fiction editor Steven Schwartz and associate editor Esther Hayes. They discuss the components of compelling fiction, things that stand out to them when they read the submission queue, and the process by which a piece moves all the way to being accepted at Colorado Review.”
  • Noted via Publishers Weekly: “The Association of University Presses has announced the theme for this year’s University Press Week, which runs from Sunday, November 3 through Saturday, November 9: “Read. Think. Act.” (My kind of slogan!)
  • “Lawrence Schimel wears so many hats in the literary world, and I wanted the opportunity to ask him about his own writing and translation projects as well as his editing and publishing endeavors. What follows is the rich conversation we had about Lawrence’s life, work, and phenomenal literary citizenship.” By Julie Marie Wade for The Rumpus.
  • From Allison K. Williams: additional thoughts on literary citizenship.
  • And if it’s Friday, you’ll find a new set of Jewish-lit links over on the My Machberet blog—including a must-read piece by Howard Jacobson about a recent brouhaha in the world of literary awards.

Have a great weekend, everyone.