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.”
- An interview that helps explain the wonder that is Kathy Fish.
- News from Key West: “The Key West Literary Seminar, a nonprofit that hosts an international gathering once a year, announced Wednesday it had purchased [Elizabeth] Bishop’s former home at 624 White St. for $1.2 million. It has plans to renovate and use it as its headquarters, including offices and a place to hold events.”
- Contest caution from Victoria Strauss (the contest in question, btw, is the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Contest).
- And speaking of cautionary words: Here are some from Allison K. Williams, for anyone contemplating self-publishing a memoir.
- Atypically, you won’t find a new post on My Machberet today. But feel free to peruse the archived posts.
Have a great weekend.