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.”
- In which memoirist Helen Bouchami explains “Writing What I Don’t Remember.”
- Behind the scenes in book publishing (and promotion): the latest sage commentary from Belt Publishing’s Anne Trubek.
- In a lengthy essay titled “On Writing and the Business of Writing,” Carmen Maria Machado considers “the role of the MFA program in an emerging writer’s life, and by extension the relationship between the art and business of writing.”
- “Each year, Writer’s Digest compiles the 101 Best Websites for Writers. See the complete 2022 list here.” (Reminder: You’ll find our very own “Practicing Writing” featured within the “Best Writing Advice Websites” category!)
- And last, but never least: a new set of Jewish-lit links on the My Machberet blog.
Have a good weekend!