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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  • From @DeeshaPhilyaw: “A love thread: Please shout-out your short story collection that came out in 2020-2021 or is coming out in 2021-2022. (Or tag a friend with a collection.)”
  • “Does the Idea of Promoting Your Book Make You Feel Queasy?” Guest post by Lizbeth Meredith on Jane Friedman’s site.
  • The Library of Congress is offering a beautiful (and poetic) way to kick off Native American Heritage Month: “Next Monday, November 1, at 7 p.m. ET, you can check out our 23rd laureate [Joy Harjo], the first Native American to serve in the position, in conversation with Deb Haaland—appointed this year as the Secretary of the Interior, and the first Native American cabinet secretary. The two are joined by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden—who, Sec. Haaland points out, was another ‘first’ in her position—for an intimate conversation.”
  • Coming soon (as in later this weekend): the November issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0. It’s never too late to sign up for our free newsletter and receive each new issue asap. (And if you’re planning to work on submissions this weekend, you’ll find still-open opportunities in the October edition.)
  • And of course, you’ll find a fresh set of Jewish-lit links over on the My Machberet blog.
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