Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things this week:

  1. I’ve signed on to take Intermediate Yiddish at YIVO with instructor Nina Warnke. Can’t wait to delve in again and also continue with my translations. Class starts mid-September. Nina thought I should take the advanced class, but I don’t think I’m there yet.
  2. A new picture book biography critique group starts this weekend. I want to unlock those craft secrets of writing a powerful (and saleable) manuscript!
  3. I’ve been thinking this week of a comment once made to me by another writer at a retreat: “Don’t you think you’d have more success if you didn’t write ‘Jewish’?” It still riles me.

Continue to be safe, wherever you are.

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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8 Responses to Mid-Week Notes

  1. I’m interested in your PB bio critique group. Are you accepting new members? If so, when will you meet? Thanks, Barbra Cohn

  2. steve pollack says:

    That comment that riles you, it rules me too, and I was not there when it was spoken. I imagine it was delivered dispassionately, just sound business advice unaware of the evil that echoes yet in today’s world. I can not guess how you may have responded at that moment, or if any response other than leaving that person’s presence was best.

  3. Thanks, Steve. I viewed it as an antisemitic remark and told the organizer. He said I was being overly sensitive. That just riled me even more.

  4. My deep understanding is that your response was, & still today, isn’t overly sensitive ~ unless overly sensitive means to be aware, alert & advocating against prejudice. The organizer & the anti-semitic remark-maker were wrong, plain wrong.

  5. Thanks, Jan. I no longer participate in any events with that organization. When I ran into the participant at another event, I told her how her comment made me feel.

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