Last minute writer gift guide! Electric Literature December 24, 2012 Scuttlebutt 2 Comments Still haven’t bought that special something for the special, impoverished writer in your life? Here are some last-minute gift suggestions — you don’t even need to leave your house to buy them. 1. Offer to pay their library fines Help your writer friend avoid shame and angry librarians. $ or $$, depending on the extent of your writer friend’s disregard for human decency. 2. Freedom It’s just like George Michael sang, “Freedom / You’ve gotta give for what you take.” Or in this case, turn off the internet so that you can get some goddamn writing done. $10 3. Anti-social This app allows for enforced breaks from social media sites and specific URLs. Your writer can get down to business, but still do fact-checking (ahem) on Wikipedia/Lyrics Mania/Reddit. $15 4. Fingerless gloves For the writer who works in a garret or lives in Williamsburg. $16 5. Scrivener This word-processing and project management tool was designed especially for novels, short stories, and scripts. It looks complicated but it’s revelatory and amazing. $38-45 6. Indie bookstore giftcard WORD, McNally Jackson, and tons of other independent bookstores all over the country have giftcards which you can buy online. $-$$$ 7. Writing Space membership A room of one’s own, for as little as $90 a month. Check out Brooklyn Writers Space and Paragraph. $90 + 8. Tickets to AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference) It’s like Comic Con for lit nerds. $40 + 9. Writing Workshop It’s like group therapy for lit nerds. In New York, check out Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and Gotham Writer’s Workshop. $$$ 10. Writing retreat Could be fancy, but if you send them somewhere nice they’ll be distracted by the view. The Mosley Motel in Gary, Indiana is a steal for $180/week (cheaper if you’re also a trucker). $$-$$$ 11. Trust fund, baby You don’t need money to write, but it certainly makes the writing life easier. Remove the practical barriers with the gift of a sizable fortune. It worked for Edith Wharton. $$$$$$$ Happy holidays! With love, Electric Literature 2 Responses jeny_nour December 24, 2012 Also, try http://www.bridgetostory.com for novices. 52 or so free lessons. Reply The Willoughby Book Club January 4, 2013 Love this – some great gifts here! Always loed the idea of a writing retreat… Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.