Mid-Week Field Notes–April12, 2023

Field Notes

Some very quick things:

  1. At last week’s 34th Annual William Paterson University’s Authors Reception, I was unexpectedly asked to give a reading from Ethel’s Song: Ethel Rosenberg’s Life in Poems (Calkins Creek, 2022). I hope to attend the 35th annual event next year to read from Facing the Enemy: How a Nazi Youth Camp in America Tested a Friendship (Calkins Creek, 2023).
  2. I delighted in using a method I read about in Marbles on the Floor: How to Assemble a Book of Poems. The essays suggested printing out the poems four to a page, cutting them up, and then playing around with them to find the right order. It was great fun, and I think I finally have a manuscript that might work, so much tighter than what I had in January.
  3. I am using Alan Watt’s 90-Day Novel to explore and structure a memoir of my Junior Year Abroad as a Jew in Germany. Playing around with it last night with the beta test of Ignite Your Write.
  4. Last chance to register! New webinar to commemorate Yom Hashoah, featuring Dr. Natalia Aleksiun

Have a good week!

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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2 Responses to Mid-Week Field Notes–April12, 2023

  1. femrav says:

    I was taught by Carolyn Forché to “walk my poems” basically to spread them out on the floor in a circle and walk around them. Usually the organization or the poems speak to me in a certain way and I see how to arrange them.

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