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.”
- “Wave of Resignations Rocks Coffee House Press” (via Claire Kirch for Publishers Weekly).
- Among May’s many observances is this one: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Which makes Sweta Srivastava Vikram’s “Five Mental Health Tips for Writers” (on the Brevity blog) particularly timely.
- Lots of tips here on “how to sell a book on Substack”—any of them seem particularly good to you? (I’ll admit that I’m still absorbing them.)
- And more advice—this time regarding social media, in the form of a commencement speech—from Scott Hines/The Action Cookbook (via Jonathan V. Last/The Triad).
- And, once again, you’ll find another set of Jewish literary links posted over on My Machberet.
Have a wonderful weekend.