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.”
- Another dose of social-media advice from Allison K. Williams (this time, on Jane Friedman’s website).
- The New York Times‘s Elisabeth Egan goes “Inside the Best-Seller List” with author Sara Novic, whose novel True Biz, set largely within the fictional River Valley School for the Deaf, I am reading right now.
- The Library of Congress is celebrating Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. poet laureate, “as her three terms in the position come to a conclusion.” One of these celebratory programs took place last evening; if, like me, you missed it, you’ll be glad to know that there’s a recording for us.
- If you’re a subscriber to The Practicing Writer 2.0, expect the May issue to land in your inbox later today. In the meantime, some of the listings in the April issue still remain open today!
- And of course, there’s a new set of Jewish literary links posted over on the My Machberet blog.
Wishing everyone a good weekend.