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.”
- Updated this week: this list of low-residency/summer-study/online MFA programs in creative writing.
- Speaking of updates: It seems to have taken me a few weeks to figure this out, but the NewPages team has redesigned (and relocated) their blog. Spiffy!
- Having recently read Courtney Maum’s excellent new Before and After the Book Deal—but having not yet figured out how/when/where I may be able to write about it myself—I was delighted to find this interview with Maum, conducted by Rachel Barenbaum, which offers a good sense of the book’s tone and tips.
- In related news: Minorities in Publishing is offering TWO giveaway copies of Maum’s new book. Follow the tweet’s instructions to enter by January 22.
- And of course, there’s a new set of Jewish-lit links over on the My Machberet blog.
Have a great weekend, everyone!