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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  • Happening later today (April 8), live in Iowa City and online: “Reading for Ukraine,” co-organized by Co-sponsored by Prairie Lights Bookstore, the Iowa City, Lviv, and Odessa UNESCO Cities of Literature, and International Programs.
  • Happening Sunday (April 10): Jane Friedman’s next “Sunday Business Sermon.” The topic for this free session: “open q&a on email newsletters.”
  • Happening next Wednesday (April 13): “Going Long: How to Make the Journey Worth 5,000+ Words,” a free webinar with Creative Nonfiction’s managing editor, Hattie Fletcher.
  • From the Authors Guild: A “Minding Your Poetry Business” seminar will be held online the following Wednesday (April 20). “In this panel discussion moderated by former Philadelphia poet laureate Yolanda Wisher, four Philly-connected poets from different backgrounds discuss how they do business through writing, teaching, performing, consulting, and more. This panel will offer practical advice and real talk for poets anywhere about making a living through poetry, in new and old school ways.
  • And of course, you’ll find a new set of Jewish-lit links posted over on the My Machberet blog.

Wishing everyone a good weekend.

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