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.”
- From Debbie Ridpath Ohi: “Why I’m on Bluesky (and my personal take on social media for the kidlit community right now).”
- There’s been an outpouring of reaction to this week’s announcement (here, on Facebook) about Gettysburg College’s decision to shutter Gettysburg Review.
- From Maris Kreizman (on Twitter): “Hi, I’m a freelance book critic and I know for sure that the more info we share with each other, the better! Help the Freelance Solidarity Project to better understand rates of pay for book criticism. If you’re a freelancer who covers books, click here.”
- “The Nobel Prize in Literature 2023 is awarded to the Norwegian author Jon Fosse, ‘for his innovative plays and prose which give voice to the unsayable.'”
- And of course there’s a fresh batch of Jewish literary links over on My Machberet.
Wishing everyone a good weekend. If you’re planning to spend time researching opportunities for your writing, make sure you’ve checked our latest Practicing Writer newsletter and supplementary “Markets and Jobs” blog posts.