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.
This past month, I took myself off to a cabin in the middle of the woods for four days—no wi-fi, no TV, no indoor plumbing...just me, some books, and a bear for company (black, not toy). It was the perfect environment for doing nothing but reading. Some people need tranquility and birdsong to feel inspired or meet a writing deadline. Rachel Cohn is not one of them. She recently told me she left a writing getaway halfway through because it was too quiet. Whatever your creative needs, the following conferences, workshops, and retreats are held in a range of settings across the country to help you hone your craft, hear from the experts, and, hopefully, come away ready to send that book out into the world!
In December, I posted about contests for unpublished writers (those deadlines are now approaching!).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!
If you’re wondering what it’s like to be a researcher or whether or not you have the qualities of a great researcher, I’ll outline my take on this job here. Research can encompass many areas—academic, nonprofit, culinary, business products etc.—so this is just a snapshot of a few of the projects I’ve worked on.