Rabbi Marc Katz is that rare person who can go from teaching a room full of restless children to a room full of work-weary adults, speak passionately about the environment and feminism and then relate them to Torah passages, and lead a powerful sermon before telling you in detail where exactly you should go for pizza in Park Slope. Marc is the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, has published a number of articles, and his first book came out in September, The Heart of Loneliness: How Jewish Wisdom Can Help You Cope and Find Comfort. Here, Marc talks about what it's like to be a first-time author, the struggles of self-marketing, how loneliness seeps into all of our lives, and the ways in which we can reach out for ourselves and for others.
In December, I posted about contests for unpublished writers (those deadlines are now approaching!). This month, I'll introduce you to some conferences, workshops, and retreats in the United States that are open to the public and suitable for a variety of writing levels (beginner, published, simply curious, and so on). Events like these can be a great place to meet published authors, hear them lecture about the craft and process of writing, improve your own work, and interact with your peers. If you attend one of these programs, or have attended in the past, I'd love to hear your feedback on how it went!