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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  • A reminder that September is National Translation Month. One way to mark it: perusing Jenny Bhatt’s latest translation-related links.
  • From The Writer magazine: “15 fall writing prompts for your personal, professional, & creative writing practices.”
  • The latest installment of The William Trevor Reader takes up a number of issues—including the structure (and publication) of novellas and short stories.
  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) has transitioned its magazine The Writer’s Chronicle to an all-digital format. The new (September 2022) issue has been unlocked for all—you need not be an AWP member to access it.
  • And there’s a fresh set of Jewish-lit links up on the My Machberet blog. I recommend in particular the new booklet from the Association of Jewish Libraries, Evaluating Jewish Representation in Children’s Literature: A Guide for Libraries. As I explain in the post, this guide has much to impart beyond children’s literature, and, for that matter, beyond libraries. I hope that you’ll check it out.

Have a good weekend.

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