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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  • Noted on The Literary Saloon: “As Vladimir Putin’s outrageous and ill-conceived war against Ukraine and the terrible toll it is taking continue there has been quite a lot of coverage of Ukrainian writers and writing.” Examples follow.
  • Thousands of writers have converged on Philadelphia for the 2022 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference (and more people are tuning in online). Follow some of the goings-on with the hashtag #AWP22.
  • From Shelf Awareness: “With the designation ‘The Free Speech/First Amendment Debate,’ Shelf Awareness is continuing our coverage of the ongoing debate about the American Booksellers Association’s change in approach toward free speech and the First Amendment. We are committed to reporting on all sides of the issue, and we welcome contributions to the debate.” (Personally, I had not caught the aforementioned change of approach—I found out more on the ABA website.)
  • Bookmarking this one to watch asap: “What Stories Can You Tell in Times of War?” is the title of a lecture delivered by Israeli author Etgar Keret this week at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
  • And there’s a fresh set of Jewish Literary Links posted over on the My Machberet blog.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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