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.”
- Jane Friedman’s response to the question: “Should MFA Programs Teach the Business of Writing?” is well worth reading.
- Related: Lincoln Michel shares “Everything I’ve Learned about Being a ‘Professional’ Writer in One Post.”
- A fairly terrifying article by Megan McCluskey in TIME magazine: “How Extortion Scams and Review Bombing Trolls Turned Goodreads into Many Authors’ Worst Nightmare.”
- On a much happier note: Sara Lippmann traces the history of short-story reading that made her a short-story writer.
- And of course, there’s a new set of Jewish-lit links posted over on the My Machberet blog.
Have a great weekend, everyone.