Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. Yesterday brought my “first day of school”—the first meeting of the undergraduate class I’m teaching on “21st-Century Jewish Literature.” So a great deal of my time and effort these past several days went toward preparation. (Spoiler: I survived!)

2. On Monday, though, I did manage to draft an essay/op-ed, which is something that I don’t think I’ve done for a while. I’m hoping that it will find a home, but one never knows.

3. And in the spirit of last week’s post, I’ll say that once again, I suspect that some of my most “meaningful” writing this week won’t be published: Having just learned about the imminent retirement of someone who made a difference in my life (and in the lives of many others) during his 50+ years of work at the college I attended, I wrote a brief note and dropped it in the mailbox. I hope that it reaches him before the announced September 1 retirement date—but if it doesn’t, I’ll trust his office to forward it to him.

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).

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

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

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).

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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.”

And then, before I shut down the computer and climb into bed, I sit for a moment, alone with the images, feeling the weight of each loss, matched only by the magnitude of each family’s love for their child.

Source: Caroline Catlin, “What I Learned Photographing Death” (The New York Times)

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 (more…)