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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  • In which Patricia Park, whose second novel will be published next week, includes several craft books when asked to identify five books she’ll never part with.
  • Making the rounds this week: the news that “Catapult has announced that it will shutter its eponymous online magazine and writing classes program.” 
  • A resonant excerpt from Stephen Marche’s new book, On Writing and Failure: Or, On the Peculiar Perseverance Required to Endure the Life of a Writer. (Which of course reminded me of this vintage item from my own archive.)
  • From Kathy Fish: “Ten tried and true tips” for writing terrific titles.
  • And of course, there’s a new set of Jewish literary links posted over on the My Machberet blog. (I can’t recommend Heidi Rabinowitz’s presentation “A Place at the Table: The Jewish Community Within the Library Diversity World” highly enough.)

Quick reminder that even as we’ve crossed the mid-month mark plenty of the opportunities listed in the February newsletter remain open for your consideration (and remember to check the supplementary Monday Markets posts, too). Have a great weekend, everyone.

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