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.”
- “Virtual Book Events Are Making My Month”: That’s the title of a new post from Yi Shun Lai (it might also be the title of these “Finds,” as well as of the latest Jewish-lit links post you’ll read more about momentarily).
- Happening this Saturday (April 25) and next Sunday (May 3): the Newburyport Literary Festival—yes, online.
- “Join us for the AWP Virtual Book Club: a book club with a unique craft focus. Our featured book for April/May is Sue William Silverman’s How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences.“
- Once upon a time, back when I left my apartment, I sat in on a social-media session at a writing conference that was facilitated by Sree Sreenivasan. So I was intrigued when I saw that this week, he’d led an online “Twitter Tutorial.” I haven’t watched it yet, but am confident that it’s worth your time. (HT Susan S. Sawyers)
- And if I say so myself, there’s a terrific batch of Jewish-lit links up today on the My Machberet blog: new books, newly recorded events, and more.
And the newly routine reminder that in case you’ve missed it, this site maintains an (updated) of emergency resources for writers: bit.ly/EmergencyResourcesWriters. Please have a good, safe, healthy weekend.