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 love Melissa Ballard’s brief essay, “Byline,” on the Brevity blog.
- Coming soon (for some people, anyway): the ability to edit tweets.
- “The Independent Book Publishers Association has updated its Hybrid Publisher Criteria,” Publishers Weekly reports.
- ICYMI: The September issue of our popular newsletter went out to subscribers this week. Among other things, it’s packed with more than 60 fee-free opportunities for writers (no entry/sub fees; payment for winning/published work).
- And in the latest Jewish-lit links: a new organization for Jewish poets and poetry; a Genesis “prequel” by Etgar Keret (translated by Jessica Cohen); the “It Book” from the summer of 1947; more.
Have a good weekend.