Writing for Jewish Magazines

I should also mention that the current (November) issue of The Writer magazine includes an article by Ligaya Figueras on “writing for Jewish magazines.” The article was clearly written before the recent demise of Jewish Living, so aspects of the article that focus on that magazine are no longer so useful. But the piece still provides background for those who may want to pitch Hadassah, Lilith, Moment, and Reform Judaism.

Tenth Annual Jewish Children’s Book Writers’ Conference

This message arrived in my e-mailbox this morning.

Some of you may be interested in the Tenth Annual Jewish Children’s Book Writers’ Conference on November 23 at the 92nd Street Y in New York. We invite everyone to attend and ask that you pass on this announcement to others you think might be interested.


Anna Olswanger, Conference Coordinator

Tenth Annual Jewish Children’s Book Writers’ Conference
Sunday, November 23, 2008, 9 AM to 5 PM
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
$95 before November 1, $110 after November 1
Fee includes kosher breakfast and lunch

The 92nd Street Y Buttenwieser Library and the Jewish Book Council are cosponsoring the Tenth Annual Jewish Children’s Book Writers’Conference at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan on Sunday, November 23, 2008, from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

Featured speakers are associate agent Michelle Andelman of Andrea Brown Literary Agency, publisher David E. Behrman of Behrman House, executive editor Michelle Frey of Alfred A. Knopf and Crown Books for Young Readers, editor Larry Rosler of Boyds Mills Press, director Joni Sussman of Kar-Ben Publishing, and illustrator’s agent Melissa Turk of Melissa Turk & The Artist Network.

Award-winning author Johanna Hurwitz will give opening remarks, and the day will include sessions on publishing and writing in Israel, the Sydney Taylor Book Award and Manuscript Competitions, and individual consultations with editors and agents from past conferences.

The registration form is available for download at www.92y.org/content/pdf/jewishchildrensbookwriters.pdf. Call 212-415 5544 or e-mail library@92Y.org for additional information or to request the form by mail. The final registration deadline is November 17.

If you write or illustrate children’s books for the Jewish market, this conference is for you!

Upcoming Literary Events at the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning

The Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El in New York has published its Fall 2008 Course Guide, and it includes a number of literary offerings I wanted to note here:

–“What’s Wrong With Our Children?” Parents and Children in Jewish Short Stories (Anne Roiphe)

–Six Decades of Israeli Literature (Basmat Hazan Arnoff)

–Writers’ Beit Midrash: Creative Non-Fiction (Shelly R. Fredman)

For more information, including dates and fees, visit www.adultjewishlearning.org.