Top Websites for Writers: 10 Online Writing Communities

Each year we scour the web for our annual 101 Best Websites for Writers, a comprehensive collection of online resources for writers.

Year after year, we review dozens of reader nominations, revisit sites from past lists, consider staff favorites and search the far-flung corners of the web for new additions—aiming for a varied compilation that will prove an asset to any writer, of any genre, at any experience level.

This selection represents our 2018 picks for the top online writing communities. These resources will provide you with great tips, advice and the support of other writers.

Right now, we’re seeking nominations for the 101 Best Websites for Writers. We’re looking for: online writing communities, publishing resources, agent advice, writing craft gurus, games for word nerds, genre fiction resources, and anything else you’ve found helpful. Submit your recommendations in the comments below, or give us a shout on Twitter using the hashtag #WebsitesforWriters.


Top Websites for Writers: 10 Online Writing Communities

1. CAMP NANOWRIMO

campnanowrimo.org

Conceived as the “summer camp” version of November’s National Novel Writing Month, Camp NaNoWriMo facilitates a virtual writing retreat each April and July to help you reach your writing goals. Bunk with up to 19 other writers in “cabins” to create your personal writing community, and stop using “waiting till November” as an excuse to put off fi nishing your novel.

2. CRITIQUE CIRCLE

critiquecircle.com

No matter your genre, you’ll receive thoughtful, thorough feedback at Critique Circle. Th is community— 3,000-plus active members—thrives on a point system that requires members to write a critique before even submitting a story (becoming a premium member for $10/month allows you to skip this step, but you’re still required to off er critiques later on). Critiques must be thorough, too: You’ll be “graded” by authors on the strength of your feedback.

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3. CRITTERS WORKSHOP

critters.org

Share and earn feedback on your works-in-progress from this writing community that’s welcomed novices and published authors alike since 1995. Th e site mandates that every one of its members (numbering in the thousands) submit critiques, ensuring involvement in an active, vibrant community.

4. FICTIONAUT

fictionaut.com

“Part self-selecting magazine, part community network,” Fictionaut operates as a sort of literary-journal alternative, allowing writers to upload short stories, poetry and more in hopes of fostering a place where writers and readers can connect through literary endeavors.

5. INTERNET WRITING WORKSHOP

internetwritingworkshop.org

Give and receive feedback on fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scriptwriting via this site’s email-hosted critique groups. Joining is easy: Just send an introductory email listing your writing and reading interests, and site moderators will add you to a workshop group that matches your interests.

6. STORYADAY

storyaday.org

This site’s month-long challenges to write a short story every day of the week are its hallmark, but the writing prompts, Serious Writer’s Accountability Groups, StoryADay podcast, productivity resources and more are equally benefi cial.

7. WATTPAD

wattpad.com

Join a community of more than 45 million writers and readers to share your works-in-progress, one chapter at a time. A social platform made for writers, stories gain attention in the community through votes and comments. Plus, for many independent authors, success on Wattpad has translated into a book deal.

8. THE WRITERS CHAT ROOM

writerschatroom.com

During the biweekly live discussions on The Writers Chat Room, you’ll glean helpful advice for every genre and experience level on topics spanning grammar, critiques, query letters and more. Sign up for the newsletter for more helpful advice and to ensure you don’t miss any “Celebrity Sundays”: live chats with notable authors like Gennita Low and Mary SanGiovanni who share their publishing advice and writing tips.

9. THE WRITING COOPERATIVE

writingcooperative.com

The Writing Cooperative, operated through Medium, helps writers get paid for their work by earning “claps” from site members, then sending a portion of that member’s $5 monthly fee to you. Th e website also gathers on Slack for discussions, writing challenges and critiques on the go.

10. THE YOUNG WRITERS SOCIETY

youngwriterssociety.com

Formed to promote creative writing among aspiring authors, this site encourages young writers 13 and up to share their poetry, short stories and novel chapters. For additional space to discuss writingrelated topics, check out the Creativity Corner on the forums, or join one of the themed clubs for entry into a regular community.


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35 thoughts on “Top Websites for Writers: 10 Online Writing Communities

  1. Randall

    I nominate http://www.scribophile.com as one of the best online writing sites. Through varied contacts with the site, my manuscripts were well-prepared for submission to publishers. In fact, one publisher commented that my first manuscript was unusually well-written, which I attribute to the assistance I received from fellow writers on this site.

  2. Cat5012

    I want to nominate Scribophile. I’ve been on there for years and it’s a great site with members who just want to help other members become better writers, very helpful and friendly site.

  3. AliceWoodrome

    My nomination for the best website for writers is hands down Scribophile. The best online community if you are looking to learn the craft or just sharpen your skills. The karma system works great. Some really terrific writers hang out there and I’ve gotten many excellent critiques.

    1. Balena

      I am nominating Scribophile.com my very long lasting and ever lasting critics and critiques resources. Formidable writers pull you in and walk you along the way on the difficult way to become an author. It is my writing home.

    2. SelaKirkland

      I would also like to nominate Scribophile.com

      I’ve been a member for six years now. Scribophile has groups for every genre, sub-genre and work style. The karma system and public and private spotlights go a long way to ensure posted works receive multiple critiques.

  4. jkrouton

    I’d like to nominate Sribophile as one of the best sites. This gives a great critique forum for writers all over the world and it’s very affordable. jkrouton

  5. RitaBerry

    I would like to nominate http://www.Scribophile.com as THE BEST Internet writing workshop EVER. The Scribo’s (as we are affectionately called) are made up of helpful, encouraging, fair-minded, thorough writers from all over the world. It’s also managed by a great team who oversees for any bad critiques. I’ve been a member for six years now, and I love it!!

  6. dagray08

    I recommend http://www.scribophile.com. The site works to maintain a strong community of writers. A wide range of writers from widely published and academics to beginning writers with a diverse range of views. The community has helped me improve my craft and led to great relationships with other writers.

    1. ElizaArcher

      I have been on Scribophile for many years now, and the community really helped me finally get work published. I have seen so many writers reach their publication goals from Scribophile.

  7. Robert Nagle

    For most useful sites, I would recommend:

    I’m a big fan of Nate’s The Digital Reader: (Offers lots of constructive advice about managing author sites, SEO and author marketing. https://the-digital-reader.com/

    Also a fan of Indie reviews: http://www.theindieview.com/

    The self-publishing subreddit is also very helpful. https://www.reddit.com/r/selfpublish/

    Some of the stackexchanges are very helpful, especially the one for writers https://writing.stackexchange.com/ and ebook formatting: https://ebooks.stackexchange.com/questions

  8. skillachie

    The Digital Reader (https://the-digital-reader.com/posts/)is the leading news blog for indie authors, readers and basically anything that touches the publishing industry. When Nate is not busy writing full articles he provides concise digest of all the relevant news, products and industry gossips in a concise format called Morning Coffee.

    Besides that, his articles are always original and provides a unique mix of humor and information. Nate and The Digital Reader definitely belong on this list

  9. ChrisWells.grace

    I nominate The Write Conversation by Edie Melson. Great website, easy to focus on the article of the day, excellent variety of contributors. Crisp, clean, easy to navigate.

  10. Terri Z

    I nominate Edie Melson and The Write Conversation for 101 Best Websites for Writers!
    Also, KM Weiland and Helping Writers Become Authors.
    Both are excellent websites that I read everyday, the ONLY two I read EVERYDAY!
    Thanks

  11. Jennsallee

    ‪I put this on Twittertoo – but I have to say I love love love @goscribbler !! You guys have to check them out – they do many great things, the main one is the sub box for writers – but they are so amazing and supportive! #WebsitesforWriters‬

  12. Liz Petruzzi

    The Write Conversation

    Offers tips, resources, encouragement from seasoned, experienced, professionals in a variety of roles and expertise. An invaluable resource for any writer desiring to connect and grow as a writer and/or professional. Consistent, helpful advice free of charge.

  13. ATomassi

    I would like to nominate “The Write Conversation.” Edie’s Posts are so informative, but what I love the most is that whether you are a seasoned writer or just starting out like me, you can benefit daily by reading her posts. I look forward to growing my platform and writing style and depend on The Write Conversation to get me there. By far, hands down the BEST around!

  14. joshmedsker@gmail.com

    I would like to recommend TrishHopkinson.com

    I’ve been using her website to find literary magazines to submit to for several years now. I think that her editor interviews are a nice touch, and addition to being a fun read, they are helpful in determining which editors might be open to my work.

    Josh Medsker, Bayonne, NJ

  15. Kathy Lundy Derengowski

    Trish Hopkinson’s blog/site is the most reliable and accessible resource for poets- carefully researched, up to date and and user friendly. If you aren’t following her yet, you are missing out! Thanks, Trish- Kathy Lundy Derengowski

  16. jamesflaherty

    How is Scribophile not on this list? I’ve been a member for years and it’s absolutely fantastic. Huge supportive community with writers in all kinds of genres. Plus you get real thoughtful feedback, so it’s not a popularity contest like sites like Wattpad. I highly recommend it.

  17. shadowwalker

    Glad you didn’t include WD’s own website – especially the forum. Thanks to WD’s negligence, what was once a useful and busy writer’s forum has become a massive, practically useless mess of confusion. Apparently WD is too concerned with advertising its money-making activities to worry about the writers.

    1. Jess Zafarris Post author

      Thanks for your feedback! We know it’s been a while, but we’re looking forward to site updates just as much as you are, and they are in the works. Our dev team manages dozens of websites, but they’ll be able to help us out more soon. Hopefully we can get some concrete news and updates to you very soon!

      1. shadowwalker

        I’m sorry – but we’ve been promised updates since June and what few changes have been made have only made things worse. It’s been months since we’ve seen or heard from WD on usability issues. Finding what few new posts come in is like playing whack-a-mole. Either fix the thing or dump it, because right now it’s worthless.

        1. Jess Zafarris Post author

          We’d very much like to see it fixed and functional, and we’re looking forward to a more concrete timeline on when we can expect those repairs to come to fruition. Thanks again for keeping us updated!

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