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25 Gift Ideas for Writers

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“Successful writing is one part inspiration and two parts sheer stubbornness.”
―Gillian Flynn

In this newsletter:

  • Are you holiday shopping for the writer in your life (or in your clothes)? We've surveyed professional authors to find 25 outstanding gift ideas for writers of all stripes.
  • Learn all about giving courses and workshops as gifts.
  • Good news from an instructor and a student.
  • Browse our updated course calendar through early January.
  • Join our Facebook group and share your craft with us, and find us on Instagram.

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and yours are happy, healthy, and well.


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Gift a Course

With the holiday season approaching, courses and workshops make great gifts for the writers in your life. Our courses are designed to meet writers at every stage of their writing journey and help their writing flourish.

Learn more about gifting a course here!

Congratulations to...

Instructor Giulietta Nardone, whose humor piece "Email From A Condemned Tree, Begging For Mercy" was published in Little Old Lady Comedy. Read it here.

Tamara Kreutz, who published her poem "The Body Collector of Spain" in Rattle's "Poets Respond" series. Read Tamara's poem here.

Congratulations to Giulietta and Tamara!

One-Day Live Workshops

(Live Workshop) The Art Friend’s Dilemma: Advice on Writing from Real Life (December 2) NEW!

with Briana McGuckin | Single-Day Webinar | $89

Are you writing about people from real life? This one-day live workshop answers the question of how to be a good art friend.

(Live Workshop) Dream Writing (December 9) NEW!

with Zining Mok | Single-Day Webinar | $89

How can writers harness the power of dreams? Let your slumber supercharge your creativity in this three hour dream writing workshop.

Our Upcoming Courses

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November Courses

Plot Your Novel (November 24)

with Jack Smith | 8 Weeks | $395

Over eight weeks, you'll develop a solid basis in the fictional elements—protagonist, setting, secondary characters, point of view, plot, and theme—while you develop the outline of your novel. You'll receive feedback at all stages from your fellow writers and your instructor.

December Courses

Tales From The Memory Palace: 6 to 250 Word Memoirs (December 1)

with Giulietta Nardone | 4 Weeks | $235

If you want to be an in demand storyteller in the digital age, you need to get in, get out and get going. In this "short" four-week memoir writing adventure, you'll learn to scope out, swoop down and snatch up important memories from your life then speed write them into miniature masterpieces.

Write Your World: Express Your Creativity through Article Writing, Blogging, and Essays (December 8)

with Rudri Patel | 6 Weeks | $330

Want to write your world, your way? Join us for this six week program on article writing, blogging, and essays.

Fundamentals of Travel Writing (December 22) NEW!

with Jennifer Billock | 8 Weeks | $395

Take to the skies in this online travel writing course. We'll discuss the market, different types of travel writing, and pitching your piece!

Writing for Children: Create A Picture Book! (December 29)

with Kelly Bingham | 6 Weeks | $330

Picture books have changed greatly over the last few decades, and the market is wide open for fresh ideas. Join us in this six-week intensive where we’ll take that idea of yours and turn it into a manuscript!

January Courses

Writing Mindfulness: Sensual World/Poetry Mind (January 5)

with Marc Olmsted | 4 Weeks | $250

A four-week class, melding the language mind with the sensual: How to turn detailed observation into a poem. With Marc Olmsted.

Starting to Write (January 5)

with Gloria Kempton | 8 Weeks | $395

For those who want to kick start their writing into high gear.

Write Your Novel! The Workshop With Jack (January 5)

with Jack Smith | 10 Weeks | $460

Get a good start on a novel in just ten weeks, or revise a novel you’ve already written. Free your imagination, move steadily ahead and count the pages!

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