Mid-Week Field Notes | May 5, 2021

A few quick things this week:

  • In May, I engage in three new generative writing programs:
    • A three-week class at the Montclair Adult School via Zoom in braided essays, taught by my “landsman” Marian Calabro, to whom I credit my introduction to the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method
    • A self-guided creative nonfiction course at Creative Nonfiction
    • An eight-week “long form” AWA writing cycle with Deepam Wadds, Writing Your Way In
  • In May, I also start my course in Reading Yiddish for Holocaust Research at Gratz College.  
  • After grading final papers and projects, I’ve devoted time on my calendar to updating my database of North American children’s Holocaust literature from its inception through 2020. This is the basis of my dissertation.
  • May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Take advantage of Zoom programs like the ones offered by the National Museum of American Jewish Heritage.
  • I’ve decided to keep working on a short fiction collection that features either a novella or novelette. My other two projects are the genealogical memoir, which can’t be completed until I go to my grandmother’s shtetl now in western Ukraine, and a YA historical novel in verse. Both the short fiction collection and the new novel in verse address Holocaust refugees in postwar America.
  • Save the Date, May 27, at 6 pm ET: “It’s Personal: Grandchildren Carry the Legacies of Their Holocaust Survivor Grandparents.” Two speakers representing 3GNJ and 3GNY address how their grandparents’ narratives shaped their own lives. The event is hosted by the Mercer Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Center.  Details to come soon.
  • Save the Dates, June 3 and June 10, 4-6 pm ET: Educators Conference co-hosted by Echoes and Reflections and Mercer Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Center. The focus: “The Holocaust as a Case Study: Analyzing Propaganda and Teaching Media Literacy.” For more information, contact HGHRCenter@mccc.edu.

 

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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