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.”
- From the Asian American Journalists Association: guidance (explicitly for newsrooms, and implicitly, I’d argue, for all writers) on covering this week’s Atlanta shootings.
- Happening on Sunday: “Graduate creative writing students at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies are offering a day of free creative writing classes for the public.” Details on Facebook.
- Another literary-scam alert.
- “I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that, despite our very best efforts, artistic jealousy affects us all at one time or another.” Even during a pandemic, as Nancy Stohlman writes in a guest post for Jane Friedman’s site.
- And of course, you’ll find a fresh set of Jewish-lit links over on the My Machberet blog.
Have a good weekend.