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.”
- A reminder, courtesy of New York Times reporters, of the helpfulness of reading our drafts aloud. (Gift link from yours truly.)
- Over on Jane Friedman’s website: Sangeeta Mehta presents “Before You Hire a Developmental Editor: What You Need to Know.”
- “7 Tips for Writing Across Culture in Fiction”—by Elizabeth Shick for Writer’s Digest.
- Limited online content from the new (January/February 2023) issue of Poets & Writers is now available.
- And, naturally, you’ll find another set of Jewish lit links over on the My Machberet blog. (Some extra-special offerings there this week, if I say so myself!)
Quick reminder that though we’re halfway through the month, plenty of (fee-free and paying) opportunities in the December newsletter remain open for your submissions/applications. Have a great weekend!