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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

I’ll keep this one brief:

A definite highlight of this past week was the day I spent at “A Celebration of Jewish Books.” (I was a visitor/attendee, not a presenter.) Continue reading ›

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

Monday brings 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).
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Sunday Sentence

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.”

She had only been there that one summer after the war, and she said the streets were filled with a fantastic energy, and everyone was singing “Jerusalem of Gold,” celebrating the fact that they could return to the Western Wall and explore the ancient alleyways of our forefathers and mothers…the places that the poets and the sages wept and dreamed over, the very place where our exile began 2000 years ago.

Sarah Tuttle-Singer, Jerusalem, Dream and Quartered: A Year Spent Living in the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters of Old Jerusalem

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Friday Finds for Writers


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

  • Whether you made it to the AWP conference in Tampa or not, you’re likely to smile when you read “A More Realistic AWP Schedule” by Margaret Cipriano and Paige Quiñones over on McSweeney’s.
  • Interested in pitching Pacific Standard? Take a few moments to read Katia Savchuk’s conversation with executive editor Jennifer Sahn for Nieman Storyboard.
  • I’ve had death on my mind this week (here’s one reason why; friends’ responses to the passing of Lucie Brock-Broido is another). So maybe that’s why this new prompt from The Writer has left an impression on me.
  • News about Farrar, Straus & Giroux: “Later this year, Mitzi Angel, 43, the publisher of Faber & Faber in London, will join FSG as its new publisher and senior vice president, and will oversee the company’s editorial and marketing operations.” Jonathan Galassi “will remain as president and continue to acquire and edit books.”
  • And remember: If it’s Friday, you’ll find a fresh set of #JewLit links over on My Machberet.
  • Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Three quick things:

    1) Over on the My Machberet blog, I’ve posted a poem from my archive, following the passing early Sunday morning of one of the people who inspired it.

    2) Given the weather forecast for today, it also seems appropriate to re-up this winter poem.

    3) One last pre-event reminder that if you’re AWP-bound (aforementioned forecast notwithstanding), and planning to attend tomorrow’s session on “Jewish Writing Versus Writing by Jews,” I’d like to hear from you!

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    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    Monday brings 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).
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