Finds for Writers

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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.”

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Have a good weekend, everyone.

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick updates from my desk.

1. I loved, loved, loved my visit with members of a synagogue reading group last Thursday to talk about two of the stories in Quiet Americans. What a treat for me. (We were so busy gabbing that I didn’t get a chance to ask these generous and enthusiastic readers to help me out with online reviews, but I’ll try to remember to bring that up when I meet with them again next week, when we’ll talk about one more story, plus some of the poems in Birthright.)