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Syllabus was born from a conversation about discovery and learning. In discussing the ways that cultural artifacts travel through a society, we imagined how a syllabus could function as a creative tool that allows you to do things like:

i. present what you feel is important for others to experience or consume; 
ii. group items together in ways that shade and refine their meaning; 
iii. apply a conceptual or idiosyncratic approach to the syllabus form.

Syllabus’s home is this website,, where you can find the Syllabus archives and index of contributors.

We reach our readers through a weekly newsletter and our Instagram page, @syllabusproject.

To say hello, ask a question, or pitch a syllabus, email us at For pitches, please provide a few sentences describing the overall concept, structure, and layout (if relevant) of your syllabus, along with a short bio and examples of past work (if available). We offer contributors a $50 honorarium for their syllabi; the rate is very modest as Syllabus is a self-funded publication.

The creators and editors of Syllabus are Julia Gunnison and Gillian Waldo. Julia and Gillian are two children piled on each other’s shoulders underneath a large trench coat, where they disguise themselves as one adult human being. They are writers and filmmakers based in Brooklyn, NY and Milwaukee, WI, respectively.

The illustrations on this site are by Lydia Milano.