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.”
- “As Classic Novels Get Revised for Today’s Readers, a Debate About Where to Draw the Line”: coverage from Alexandra Alter and Elizabeth A. Harris (I’ve unlocked this article from The New York Times).
- “Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Basic Character Descriptions” from Moriah Richard/Writer’s Digest.
- On the Brevity blog: a beautiful post by Joselin Linder about the writer for whom the Josie Rubio Scholarship is named (and information about how to apply for that scholarship).
- “Gracious Under Pressure: How Not To Be the Person at the Reading Everyone Dislikes”: must-read (and must-follow!) advice from Christine Sneed.
- And please don’t miss the latest Jewish-lit links over on the My Machberet blog—they’re worth your time (and I’m not saying that only because my own latest byline is included!).
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.