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.”
- ICYMI: The first issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 for 2021 went out to subscribers yesterday. It’s filled with 35 fee-free, paying opportunities for those of us who write fiction, poetry, and/or creative nonfiction.
- Another reason to check out that newsletter issue? Its featured resource is a PEN America series of free online workshops on the business of writing. Again, you’ll find the info in the newsletter.
- And please check out 2021’s first set of Jewish-lit links on the My Machberet blog.
Please forgive this abbreviated edition of “Finds,” friends. It is a holiday, after all. Happy New Year!