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.”
- “These Alt-Weeklies Faced ‘Total Annihilation.’ Here’s How They Survived.” Sophia June reports for The Daily Beast.
- In which Nicole Krauss reflects on “stealing from life” in fiction-writing—and what she learned from Philip Roth on that subject. (h/t @LaurenZCollins)
- March has just started, but if you’re already contemplating April, note that Robert Lee Brewer will again be running a Poem-A-Day (PAD) challenge, and plan accordingly!
- ICYMI: The March issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 went out to subscribers last weekend. Features 45 curated opportunities for writers of poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction, plus some other goodies.
- And don’t miss the latest Jewish-lit links (including a couple of paying calls for pitches/submissions) over on the My Machberet blog.
Have a great weekend, everyone.