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I maintain two blogs: Practicing Writing and My Machberet. Posts for both blogs show up on this page, but you can visit each blog by clicking on the appropriate link. It's also possible to subscribe to each feed.

Practicing Writing: Here you'll find updates on writing and publishing opportunities (especially handy between issues of our popular monthly newsletter). You'll discover ONLY opportunities that charge no fees, and ONLY publications/contests that will pay for your writing. The blog also shares writing-related news, resources, and quotations; book reviews; and occasional updates regarding this practicing writer's own work.

My Machberet: "Machberet" is the Hebrew word for notebook. Since it's also (appropriately) one of the very first words I learned in my first Hebrew school in Brooklyn (and, I confess, one of the few conversational Hebrew words I still remember), I've chosen it to title this blog, where I offer write-ups on Jewish news (especially of the literary sort) and occasional commentary.

Sunday Sentence (and a Brief Reminder)

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

If you were from a striving, suburban family — one many degrees of separation removed from anyone like Gloria Vanderbilt — then you could not easily shake the belief that popularity, or even just acceptance, was a dream to be forfeited unless you wore tightfitting denim with someone else’s name on the back.

Source: Ginia Bellafante, “Before Trump and the Kardashians, Gloria Vanderbilt Invented the Personal Brand” (The New York Times)

Reminder: I’ll be away for a bit this week—please anticipate the return of blog posts on FRIDAY. Have a good week!

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Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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In which the My Machberet blog presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety. Continue reading ›

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

Photo by Jody Christopherson.

1. The finish line (or perhaps I should say, a finish line) is in view! I’m wrapping up everything that’s due (soon!) to my publisher to move the Birthright collection into production.

One thing that I think is settled: the author photo for the back cover! (Gratitude to photographer Jody Christopherson and makeup artist Jody Formica. FYI: I connected with this dynamic duo through my friend Julia Knobloch, who worked with them a few months earlier; Do Not Return, Julia’s debut poetry collection, will be out from Broadstone Books on July 1, and I can’t wait for my pre-ordered copy to arrive. Continue reading ›

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

The weekly batch of no-fee, paying competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). These posts are intended to complement/supplement monthly issues of The Practicing Writer newsletter, where you’ll always find more listings, none of them limiting eligibility to residents of a single municipality, state, or province (this blog, on the other hand, does sometimes include those more restricted opportunities). tabletop with computer keyboard, coffee, and wallet; text label that reads "Markets and Jobs for Writers: No fees to submit work/apply and Paying gigs only Continue reading ›

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Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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