Gifts for Writers
Gift-giving, occasions can spring up at any time of the year, and often there are other writers on your list. We’re are an eclectic bunch, and sometimes our Wish Lists contain the strangest things (stamps & envelopes? really?). If your family is badgering you for gift ideas or you have writers on your own list, check out these suggestions:
Fun and Inspiration
The Literacy Site Find things that writers (and others) will love, and support literacy at the same time! Part of the Greater Good Network.
The Poetry Store Shirts, CD’s, books and more for the poet in your life.
ArchieMcPhee.com In the “Action Figures” section, find such inspirational desk companions as Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, and even the Bard himself.
The Scriptorium Shop from your favorite writer’s webzine, The Scriptorium. Show the world (and convince yourself?) that you’re a writer with great apparel, mugs, mousepads and more. New items just added!
Write Gear Store from AbsoluteWrite.com T-shirts, mugs and mousepads to express your feelings about writing.
Foot the bill for an online or correspondence writing course for a writer on your list. There are lots out there to choose from, including these:
The Writing Life ~ Nina Munteanu www.ninamunteanu.com
Canadian speculative fiction writer Nina Munteanu, author of The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now! offers both online courses and workshops at the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia. Check out her extensive list of offerings!
Quality of Course Writing School www.qualityofcourse.com
Seven courses to choose from, a free writing evaluation, and a questionnaire to help you determine which course is best for you. Canadian-based.
Writers Online Workshops www.WritersOnlineWorkshops.com/
From Writer’s Digest. A variety of genres that you can complete online in 6-14 weeks. All the benefits of a traditional writing workshop, from the comfort of home.
Writer’s Village University writersvillage.com
With a $59 membership, writers have access to over 200 online courses and workshops every year. Free courses offered periodically.
Writing To Heal, Writing To Grow www.writingtoheal.com/
Online writing programs to examine and understand life’s events.
The Writers Studio www.writerstudio.com
Offers beginning and advanced students on-site (Greenwich Village, NY) and on-line courses and tutorials.
Courses in a number of subject areas, including a large selection of writing courses.
Scriptorium Shop www.thescriptorium.net/shops.html
Email courses and interactive workshops from your favorite writer’s webzine.
Nostalgic Impressions www.nostalgicimpressions.com
Beautiful stationery and writing accessories.
Staples Office Supplies www.staples.com
Online ordering for hundreds of items you or your favorite writer might want to find under the tree.
The Writers Store http://www.writersstore.com/
Software, books, supplies and articles for Writers and Filmmakers.
Kate’s Paperie http://www.katespaperie.com/
Beautifully inspiring paper emporium: stationery, albums, journals, paper, craft supplies, books, pens, organizers, etc.
Beautiful and inspiring 100% Recycled paper journals, workbooks, agendas and more for the environmentally minded writer.
Writer’s Journal at Lee Valley www.leevalley.com
This beautiful and durable journal is designed to provide years of writing pleasure.
HollyShop at Holly Lisle.com http://shop.hollylisle.com/
Print and electronic books on a wide variety of writing topics.
Stormwolf Online Store www.michaelastackpole.com/store/
A wide variety of electronic books on writing and publishing from New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole.
Why not spring for a gift subscription to one of these fine writer’s periodicals?
Writer’s Digest www.writersdigest.com
Poets & Writers www.pw.org
Writer’s Journal www.writersjournal.com
The Writer www.writermag.com/wrt/
SpecFicMe www.specficworld.com (for speculative fiction writers)
What could be easier than downloading and registering one of these great programs?
Musings from GRiM Software www.grimsoft.ca
Inspirational quotations and creativity exercises daily. Best of all, it’s FREE!
Writer’s Deskbook from GRiM Software www.grimsoft.ca
Great new software for organizing your elusive muse. ($14.95 US)
WriteItNow 4 from Ravenshead Services www.ravensheadservices.com
Create complete stories and keep control of all the background details. Try the free demo version or register the full version for 59.95 USD.
Liquid Story Binder from Black Obelisk Software www.blackobelisksoftware.com
Liquid Story Binder is a word processor for professional and aspiring authors, poets, and screenwriters, with a built-in document tracking system.
Check out our software page for more ideas and freebies!
These items are for slightly larger budgets, but the writer on your list might appreciate one!
USB Flash Drive also known as a Thumb drive or Pen drive. Great for writers who use more than one computer (home, work, laptop) and need an easy way to transfer files. Here’s a picture of one. Many companies make them. Buy one with as much memory as you can afford.
Digital Voice Recorder The evolution of the tape recorder. Perfect for writers who conduct interviews or could record digital notes while commuting, etc. Also a great tool for visually-impaired writers. Here are some. Shop around!
Now get going and get that shopping done!