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.”
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.