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.”
- I have not yet had the chance to watch the recording of the PEN America Town Hall Meeting: Writers on Self-Censorship, but I certainly have appreciated this excerpt from Ayad Akhtar’s remarks (via Shelf Awareness).
- Over on the Poynter site: an illuminating take on a self-publishing journey, by Chip Scanlan—and you may find the book at the heart of the project worth checking out, too (via Nieman Storyboard).
- Notwithstanding my characteristic stubbornness (I’m a Taurus, after all), I’m mulling over Allison K. Williams’s latest advice as posted over on the Brevity blog, because I think it could be useful for me as the new year begins.
- Bookmark this one (by Shutta Crum on the website of the Florida Writers Association) for year-round ideas for your writer-friends: “No More Journals! (Better Gifts for Writers),” which I discovered thanks to Frances Caballo.
- And of course, you’ll find a fresh set of Jewish Literary Links over on the My Machberet blog. (For some late-breaking additions to the compilation, check out this Twitter thread.)
Have a good, safe weekend, everyone.