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.”
- When it comes to writing contests/submissions, always read the fine print. That’s a message that can’t be mentioned too many times. As this Writer Beware post points out.
- It’s a busy time for Ayad Akhtar, whose latest book, Homeland Elegies, is on my tbr list—and who was just named the incoming president of PEN America.
- “For every ten doors that slam in your face, one or two crack open a tiny bit.” One of four lessons from self-publishing shared by Deanna Cabinian (fwiw: I’d say that lessons apply beyond self-publishing to lots of publishing experiences).
- In which translator Arthur Goldhammer “looks back on a life bringing the work of Thomas Piketty and others to readers of English.”
- And yes, there’s a new batch of Jewish lit links up on the My Machberet blog.
Have a good weekend, everyone.