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.”
- Nieman Storyboard‘s Jacqui Banaszynski analyzes a New York Times news story “as a model for how to use language that is current, flexible, inclusive and clear.”
- Lincoln Michel’s take on Goodreads offers a lot for all writers to think about.
- In which “author and copywriter Giancarlo Ghedini specifically investigates the pros and cons of ChatGPT in relation to writers, including experiments with the tool,” for Writer’s Digest.
- Allison Pottern Hoch on press kits (and why you need one).
- And don’t miss the latest Jewish-lit links over on the My Machberet blog (including, as it happens, some of my own experiments with ChatGPT).
Have a great weekend. And remember that the next issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 is going out today (likely before noon, New York time). So, if you’re not yet subscribing, please join us (there’s no charge to subscribe). And if you haven’t yet consulted the current issue for the opportunities listed there, you’ll find quite a few that have June 30 deadlines/are still open for submissions. Remember, too, that additional opportunities appear every Monday on the Practicing Writing blog. You can find those latest posts here.