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.”
- My guess is that at least one of Alison Lowenstein’s “Seven Stages of Submittable” will resonate with anyone who has used the platform to try to place their work.
- From Writer Beware: “It’s that time again–time for a look back at the schemes, scams, and issues Writer Beware covered in 2019.”
- In happier news, there’s already (yay!) a third installment of Ruben Quesada’s revived Poetry Today series up on the Kenyon Review blog. (Reminder: “Poetry Today is a series dedicated to learning about the characteristics of poets and poetry from writers who have published a collection of poetry, full-length or chapbook, within the year.”
- Also poetry-related: Cameron Awkward-Rich on when to stop revising.
- Of course, you’ll find a fresh set of Jewish lit links (including links to some intriguing opportunities/calls) over on the My Machberet blog.
Have a great weekend!