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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  • First things first: Yes, the August newsletter went out to subscribers this morning! (If you’re not yet a subscriber, you can also find it archived on Substack.) It’s packed with 40+ fee-free, paying opportunities for you and your writing, plus, as this month’s “featured resource,” an updated list of publications that welcome flash nonfiction/micro-essays.
  • Quite possibly a future featured resource for the aforementioned newsletter: Becky Tuch’s series of interviews with litmag editors.
  • I’m happy to pass along a terrific piece that I encountered this week through the flash-fiction workshop I’m currently taking (taught by Sara Lippmann): a 2007 interview with Victor LaValle that’s focused on narrative voice.
  • Coincidentally, voice is also the focus (albeit with a different slant) of a recent guest post by Catherine Baab-Muguira on Jane Friedman’s site.
  • And of course, you’ll find a fresh set of Jewish-literary links posted over on the My Machberet blog.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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