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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  • Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic has published a lovely interview with my friend Faye Rapoport DesPres covering Faye’s path to writing children’s books and general questions about maintaining a writing schedule, defining writerly “success,” and more.
  • The chair of this year’s Booker Prize panel, Maya Jasanoff, shares a bit about the prize-selection process.
  • From Nicole Chung: “I’m writing a newsletter for @TheAtlantic! Advice, essays, conversations, and a lot of reading/writing/craft talk, assembled weekly just for you. If all or even some of that sounds fun or interesting to you, please go sign up!” (Temporary free access to this and any of the magazine’s other new newsletters until November 30; free access continues for magazine subscribers.)
  • Reminder: Adam O’Fallon Price is reading through the entire volume of William Trevor’s Collected Stories—and sharing an essay each week about a single story. This week’s installment focuses on Trevor’s use of point of view through reflections on “A School Story.”
  • And, right on schedule, there’s a fresh set of Jewish-lit links over on the My Machberet blog. (But as I’ve noted there, I won’t be posting a new set next week; similarly, there won’t be a Friday post here on Practicing Writing next week, either. Never fear—”Finds” will return on Friday, November 19.)

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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