Editorial Staff Picks: the Ultimate Wishlist for Writers

Editorial Staff Picks: the Ultimate Wishlist for Writers


‘Tis the season for making wishlists, and the Café editorial staff has come up with the best gifts to give to the writers and readers in your life this holiday season.


Editor in Chief Emily Moses Picks:

  • Secret Garden Coloring Book. Instead of taking breaks from writing only to jump online or eat junk food, I can take a break and stay in my creative zone. Plus, Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden is my all-time favorite children’s book!
  • Colored Pencils, Long 24-ct. For the coloring book, of course, because colored pencils are the only way to go when you are coloring precision detail. Obviously.
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach. If you haven’t read anything by Mary Roach, you need to add one of her books to your own wishlist. She is hilarious and smart and can interest her reader in anything. Really – only Mary Roach could keep me engaged and invested in a 300 page book about the digestive system.
  • Kramerbooks gift card. Kramerbooks is right around the corner from me, and I love scanning their crammed bookshelves for something to read. Instead of shopping for books online or in big chain bookstores, shop small this holiday season and support our local DC bookstores!


Features Editor Jewel Edwards Picks:

  • Bookholder/bathtub caddy. If you’re like me and reading in the tub is your thing, you also know how frustrating it is to spill dribbles of water on the pages of your beloved books while enjoying your soak. A bathtub caddy like this would minimize that problem and prop the book up in the perfect reading position. Bonus: there’s room for the essential glass of wine, too!
  • One line a day memory book. Plan on writing a memoir one day? Keeping a log for five years would assist you with mining your memory for material. And since this book requires a short one sentence a day, the pressure to keep it is low. Just dash off a line or two and you’re set!
  • Scrivener.When it comes to long writing projects, like a thesis, Microsoft Word just doesn’t offer the level of functionality that I need to make my projects wieldy. Scrivener is a tool tailored specifically for writers to help make that process more navigable. Billed as a complete writing studio, Scrivener is “a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.” Sounds useful to me!
  • The Language of Fiction, by Brian Shawer. No writer’s wish-list would be complete without, you know, an actual book. Though I’m a nonfiction writer, this craft tome has been on my list for a while because I’ve been told it offers tips that break down the writing process with a scientific precision that’s easy to reproduce.
  • A cute writer’s tee. Because you can never have enough of these!


Columns Editor Revital Aranbaev Picks:

  • Adjustable Laptop Table, Ergonomic Design. This is every writer’s dream— well, the writers who dream about working from bed.
  • Milk Frother — for lattes! When I sit at my table to write, I need a hot cup of tea by my side. A homemade frothy tea latte sounds even better, with the added benefit of being able to choose my own milk for my chai and green tea lattes.
  • Poppin Journals. I can never have enough journals and Poppin journals come in every color including gold, silver and copper. They even offer a debossed initial for special colors, to get the added feeling of something personalized.
  • Balance Ball Chair. This chair was developed by a chiropractor and apparently strengthens you’re core muscles, while also improving your spinal alignment. For people who sit on a chair for hours, writing, this is said to be one of the most comfortable chairs, which also improves your posture.



The Café staff has had such a great semester writing for curating content for you, and we can’t wait to share what we have cooking for next semester. If you are interested in working with us please reach out to Emily at cafeamericainmfa@gmail.com. Thanks, and have a lovely winter break!

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