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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  • Every newsletter from flash-fiction maven Kathy Fish is worth sharing, but the latest one, in which Kathy “defends” the “lowly” writing prompt, is so perfectly timed for me that I am especially glad to share it.
  • In which Shelf Awareness recaps recent events at the American Booksellers Association.
  • The “Most Valuable Tool of the Month” (as mentioned in the latest Garrett Public Relations newsletter) spotlighted something that I think could be helpful for both freelancing and book-promo purposes: Hunter. “Looking for someone’s email address? Hunter can help. There are times when you need to contact a journalist, for example, and you can’t find his or her email address. ‘Hunter lets you find professional email addresses in seconds and connect with the people that matter for your business,’ says the overview. The free version allows you 25 searches per month.”
  • A not-so-enthusiastic take on literary prizes. (Found this one via The Literary Saloon.)
  • And don’t miss the latest set of Jewish-lit links over on the My Machberet blog.

Have a great weekend.

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