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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  • From poet Sean Singer: thoughts (and practical suggestions regarding) professional development as “a place to cultivate mutual cooperation and collective support.” Although poets are the target audience here, the advice applies across genres.
  • Back-to-school edition of the AP’s latest topical guide.
  • Because it can’t be said too often: “Hey friends. I am begging you to PLEASE PLEASE immediately withdraw from other lit mags when your piece is accepted elsewhere. Editors & readers are often working for free. Be considerate & don’t waste our time! Thank you!”—Maureen Langloss (on Twitter).
  • “The Best Editing Advice: Read and Record Your Work Out Loud”—by Charlotte Maya via the Brevity blog.
  • And over on My Machberet, you’ll find the final set of Jewish lit links for the year 5783. Which reminds me: I’m wishing everyone who celebrates Rosh Hashanah a very happy, healthy, and sweet new year.

Reminder: At September’s midpoint, plenty of opportunities included in our latest newsletter remain open for submissions. Be sure that you haven’t missed them!

And a good weekend to all.

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