Substack Gift Guide: Publications for and about writing
Christmas is around the corner, and here on Substack, that means writers are creating a cornucopia of gift guides to fit any niche, sharing gift ideas for everyone from the dumpling enthusiast to the sneakerhead, the Sinophile to the Gen Z’er.
For the thoughtful last-minute shopper (or discerning self-gifter), we’ve put together a selection of subscription publications to inspire the writer in all of us, from creative inspiration to nuts-and-bolts of writing craft.
Paid subscriptions support writers in doing the work they care about and give readers a direct relationship with the writers and ideas they find most meaningful. And because there’s no packaging or supply chain slow-downs involved, subscriptions make an ideal last-minute gift. Find out more about how to give a gift subscription here.
For the creatively curious
Austin Kleon ~ Weekly art, writing, and creative inspiration from the author of Steal Like an Artist and other bestsellers.
The Art of Noticing ~ Ideas, inspiration, and prompts for creativity, work, and staying human. From author Rob Walker.
Werk-In-Progress ~ Poems, questions, essays, and vibes from Saeed Jones.
For the craft-minded
Story Club with George Saunders ~ A place to explore the way the short story works.
Chuck Palahniuk's Plot Spoiler ~ Exclusive fiction too out-there for prime time, by the author of Fight Club. Writing lessons. Lurid back story.
Ijeoma Oluo: Behind the Book ~ Writing, life, and writing life.
For support and guidance
The Unschool for Writers: a DIY MFA ~ The Art and Craft of Writing: fiction—short and long, nonfiction/memoir, picturebooks, middle-grade/YA novels.
Freelancing with Tim ~ Demystifying the world of freelance journalism.
Dear Writer ~ A love letter to writers, about writing, from a writer who is trying to mend her broken relationship with writing.
For book club community
The Big Read: War and Peace ~ Reading Leo Tolstoy’s famous War & Peace, one chapter per day.
Freddie deBoer ~ Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden and Hermann Hesse’s Demian were the first two books to be featured in this ongoing book club.
For perspectives on the publishing industry
Agents and Books ~ The FAQ on how to find an agent and how to write books, all in one place.
Notes from a Small Press ~ Thoughts, explanations, and screeds about the publishing industry by Anne Trubek, founder of Belt Publishing.
Counter Craft ~ Fiction craft, publishing demystification, weird books.
Inspiration for young minds
DrawTogether with WendyMac ~ Weekly drawing podcast, activities, and special art-guests delivered direct to your inbox, from DrawTogether: the show that's a class that's a club - for kids!
Can We Read? ~ A weekly review of children's books, old and new, to help you raise readers and build a culture of reading in your home.
Inspiration for the comics artist
Tales From the Farm ~ News, new comics, work in progress, exclusive merch, and behind the scenes commentary for all things Jeff Lemire.
Stupid Fresh Mess ~ Skottie Young's Newsletter about comics, art, writing, process and life.
I’m Fine I’m Fine Just Understand ~ Quiet comics about gender, mental health, and getting older.
Inspiration for the TV writer
Room Snacks ~ The art, craft, and snacks of TV writing.
Frank ~ Frank conversations about popular culture as it was, as it is, and where it’s going.