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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  • Sandra Wendel explains “The Differences Between Line Editing, Copy Editing, and Proofreading.”
  • Were you inspired by Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem? Find out which other poets presented poems at U.S. presidential inaugurations—and the presidents who selected them—in this piece by Robert Lee Brewer.
  • Speaking of Amanda Gorman: “Viking Books for Young Readers announced late last week that it will publish on September 21, with a 150,000-copy first printing in hardcover, Gorman’s debut collection of poems for readers 14 and up, The Hill We Climb. The collection will include the poem Gorman recited during the inaugural ceremony, ‘The Hill We Climb.’ Her debut picture book, Change Sings, illustrated by Loren Long, will be published the same day.” In the same article, Publishers Weekly‘s Claire Kirch reports on a book deal for Brayden Harrington, 13, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention in August, too.
  • Did you know that Jack London wrote a “visionary pandemic novel”? Jason Katz writes about it on the Ploughshares blog.
  • And of course, you’ll find a fresh batch of Jewish-lit links posted today on the My Machberet blog.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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2 thoughts on “Finds for Writers

  1. Jacquie Herz says:

    Thanks, Erika, for posting the article about proofing, editing, etc. by Sandra Wendel. I bought her book!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      So glad to know that! I thought it was a great piece.

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