Finds for Writers

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Writing and publishing resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.

First, a quick apology: I messed up the settings for yesterday’s “Jewish Literary Links” post on My Machberet, so it ended up going out to Practicing Writing subscribers instead. I apologize for any confusion/inconvenience. Frankly, though, I wonder how I manage to avoid making that mistake more often (and, correspondingly, sending My Machberet posts to Practicing Writing subscribers sending Practicing Writing posts to My Machberet subscribers—AARGH!).


  • You’ll find ageism, a low-res MFA program, and much more in this essay by Geri Modell published by Roxane Gay’s The Audacity.
  • “When Covid struck the Wolitzers, Meg and Hilma bonded by creating a book. Let them tell you about it.”
  • Congrats to the litmags that have received the latest Whiting Literary Magazine Prizes. As Publishers Weekly reports, those three print magazines and two digital publications are “taking home a combined total of $144,000 in funding.” (Which makes me hope that just maybe they’ll all soon become both free-to-submit AND paying venues for the writing community.)
  • Sometimes, “a passive verb makes the story.” (Tom Warhover for NiemanStoryboard.)
  • And there is, indeed, a fresh set of Jewish lit links posted on the My Machberet blog—the first for the new Jewish year 5782!

Recognizing that this is likely to be a difficult weekend for many, my wish is for it to land gently.

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6 thoughts on “Finds for Writers

  1. Maryah says:

    I’m sorry, but this is going to irk me about Warhover’s micro-essay: The verb “was” is not a passive verb. He skipped right over an actual passive verb, “were killed,” to mislabel a past tense verb as passive. His observations on the tragedy of the simple “was” in this case are accurate and compelling, but the whole grammatical premise is wrong!

    I recognize that not every writer is an ESL teacher and linguistics PhD student like me, and I recognize that so-called “grammar Nazism” (a.k.a the “alt-write”) is a manifestation of actual white supremacy culture, and not a good look most of the time, but if you’re going to build a whole essay around a concept of prescriptive grammar … could you at least fact-check that central concept…?

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks for pointing this out, Maryah.

  2. Jean F says:

    Erika, It would be helpful if you noted which articles require subscriptions to the publications they are in (and what those publications are). I would have liked to read the Wollitzers’ story, but the Washington Post wouldn’t let me in.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Jean, I apologize—I thought that I had indeed indicated it was a WaPo piece, as I did with the other items listed in the post. I’m sorry for that oversight. As for the paywall, I definitely don’t post anything that’s completely inaccessible to non-subscribers (even if I am a subscriber). It’s been my understanding that everyone should be able to access a certain number of free articles each month for WaPo:

  3. Lovely mutual interview with Hilma and Meg Wolitzer. Thanks for posting it, Erika. I have sent it out to several of my friends who’ve read the recently issues book of short stories. I read a few, the last one, based on real life, is terrific and heart-breaking.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      It’s definitely on my tbr list, Michele. Appreciate your comments.

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