Finds for Writers

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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.”

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  • In The New York Times, Alexandra Alter and Elizabeth A. Harris report on some major changes in publishing—including significant leadership hires.
  • In which Pete Croatto shares ways in which he has “tried to spread writerly karma” during his career as a freelancer (and I find relevance even beyond nonfiction freelancing). Let’s all help each other!
  • “Time to finally finish Proust, read poetry, make things, learn a language, focus, concentrate. So many opportunities present themselves. What have I done with this rare chance to be with my thoughts, to start or develop or complete new projects, to learn new things? Most of all, what have I been writing?” That last question! Let’s just say that much of this piece by Amy Sackville resonates.
  • Jeannine Hall Gailey is bringing back the online #PoetParty on Twitter, and we’re all invited: 6 PM Pacific time, Sunday, July 19. Use the hashtag #poetparty. Says Jeannine: Bring “submission calls, questions, even complaints.”
  • And of course, there’s a new batch of Jewish-lit links posted over on the My Machberet blog (including, this week, multiple job listings).

Have a great weekend!

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