Mid-Week Field Notes–April 25, 2023

Field Notes

Some very quick things:

  1. Last week I attended the Texas Library Association conference in Austin. I served on a YA memoir and biography panel and discussed Ethel’s Song: Ethel Rosenberg’s Life in Poems (Calkins Creek, 2022). My publisher also hosted a book signing that included the ARC of Facing the Enemy: How a Nazi Youth Camp in America Tested a Friendship (Calkins Creek, 2023). It was great to connect with librarians and hear how much they enjoy poetry, novels in verse, and my historical novels in verse in particular.
  2. Rejections keep pouring in from the few submissions I’ve made. Sigh.
  3. I’ve made a list of all the writing projects I want to work on in May, June, July, and August. These range from book proposals to short stories to academic journal articles. It’s going to be busy but I hope it’s also going to be highly productive, although I will simultaneously be teaching four asynchronous classes, not including my own workshops.
  4. If you’re looking for inexpensive writing opportunities, check out the schedule of Amherst Writers & Artists Write Around the World sessions in May. Each day one or more sessions invite writers to generate new writing using timed prompts via a $10, $15, or $20 donation to this nonprofit organization with social justice initiatives. I am leading workshops in Writing Family History and Food, Glorious Food.
  5. A new issue of Writing the Past will be issued on May 1. Not subscribed to this free newsletter yet? Sign up here.

Happy Writing!

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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