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.”
- Despite everything, it IS National Poetry Month! Check out these “30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month at Home or Online.”
- In related news: ideas for incorporating poetry into distance-learning (via the Library of Congress/Rebecca Newland).
- If you haven’t caught it yet, a new issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers earlier this week. This month’s feature article focuses on the work of book promotion during a/this pandemic.
- One book-promo piece that was posted after I rounded up some others for that feature article: “How Authors are Approaching Book Promotion During COVID-19” (Diana Urban for BookBub).
- And of course, you’ll find a new batch of Jewish literary links posted on the My Machberet blog.
And again, in case you’ve missed it: Take note of this list (updated) of emergency resources for writers: bit.ly/EmergencyResourcesWriters. Please have a good, safe, healthy weekend.