Finds for Writers

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. Although I don’t have the usual array of links to offer, I do have one “find” to share.

Early in the week, 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.”

Screenshot of text published beneath "Avoiding Antisemitic and Islamophobic Tropes in Discussing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." Text taken from the website linked within the post.

Again, you can find this material on the website of Facing History and Ourselves.

May the memories of the slaughtered be a blessing; may the wounded heal; may the captives be rescued soon and swiftly.

And may we all live in better, more peaceful, and more compassionate times.

14 thoughts on “Finds for Writers

  1. Mary Redman says:

    Thank you, Erica. The resource here is excellent. I am so sorry for your current pain.

  2. diana rosen says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  3. thank you – as always – thank you

  4. Marjorie Tesser says:

    Thank you for sharing this resource.

  5. Beatrice Mousli says:

    Thank you so much for this resource. Shared with other, crediting the source 🙂

  6. Temima Goldberg Shulman says:

    Thank you! That’s a great resource.

  7. Erika Dreifus says:

    I’m so glad that you’re all finding it as helpful as I do. Thank you for your comments.

  8. Kirie says:

    Thank you for posting this, Erika. Several other newsletters I follow regularly on Substack found themselves at a loss for words. Heather Cox Richardson said she was attacked more for her initial response than for anything she’s ever posted. Sari Botton turned off comments to hers. Suleika Jaouad reposted an earlier contribution on staying close to the heart. “I wonder what Erika Dreifus will say,” I told my husband. And here you are, posting wisdom and guidance. I feel I can end this week/day a little less uneasy though no less sad.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Kirie, you are a ray of light. Thank you.

  9. Jo Mariner says:

    Erika – I am coming late to all the resources that you have been posting . . . but I am so very appreciative of them . . . thank you for giving me a way in

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Never too late.

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