Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick updates from my desk.

1. I’m proud to be hosting the latest Jewish Book Carnival on my “other” blog, My Machberet. The July 2020 Carnival went live earlier this morning.

2. Yesterday, my friend Jessamyn Hope was the featured author in the latest online event organized by Jerusalism. So I would have “attended” it even without the open-mic element that followed Jessamyn’s own reading (from a gorgeous essay that you’ll find in the forthcoming anthology The New Spice Box: Contemporary Jewish Writing).

But Jessamyn had encouraged me to sign up to read from Birthright: Poems. So I did!

(In fact, there were a few familiar faces and voices, which was extra-fun.)

You can catch the recording on Facebook. (If you’re in a hurry, you’ll find my reading about one hour and 14 minutes in.) And if you’re interested in learning more about the source text that inspired the poem I read, you might check this out.

3. Finally: This week brought an update about the upcoming The Best of Brevity anthology in which my 2013 essay “Before Sunrise” appears. The book’s release is now scheduled for November. In the meantime, there’s a cool new book trailer. Enjoy!

The Best of Brevity Book Trailer
an open spiral notebook with a pen resting on a blank page, plus a text label that reads, "Midweek Notes."

8 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. I greatly enjoy your Monday newsletter, with helpful listings for submissions and have recommended it to others. However, I wonder if you might consider combining Wed. and Sun. into a single edition so we don’t receive so many emails and you have less work to do. Most of us aren’t that interested in the material in these two blogs…personal information, in particular. This must be a lot of work and get exhausting! Just a suggestion. Many thanks.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. Hi Erika,
    When I see your name in my email box I can’t help but smile. I enjoy your all your writng news, the market info, tips and suggestions. I also follow you on Facebook.
    I want to thank you for directing me to a writng market that was unfamiliar to me, THEMA Literary Journal. I was elated to have a submission accepted for their 2020 Spring Issue. Also, just had a another story accepted for their 2021 Spring Issue.
    Thank you for all you do for fellow writers.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you, Georgia, and congratulations on your multiple acceptances! Long may they continue!

  3. Nancy Brewka-Clark says:

    Erika shares her experiences in the world of writing with the same professional generosity as her calls for submission. It’s that voice that makes every posting unique.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks very much, Nancy.

  4. Jean F says:

    Erika, Wanted to tell you I had a very short (limit was 50 words) piece accepted by Blink-Ink magazine for their 9/1 issue. I suspect you didn’t list this opportunity (I found it on
    Twitter) because while there was no submission fee, there is no payment other than a copy of the magazine. But it’s a real, on paper magazine! I am pleased to have my writing approved of by someone else and out in the world.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      No, it doesn’t sound familiar to me, but that’s wonderful news nonetheless. Congratulations!

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