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Writer's Digest's Best Writing Community Websites 2021

Here are the top writing community websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Here are the top writing community websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Writer's Digest's Best Writing Community Websites 2021

Critique Match
CritiqueMatch.com

With a mission to help writers strengthen their craft, Critique Match is a service that helps connect writers, beta readers, and freelance editors. You can either swap your work with another writer for a free critique or hire a rated editing professional for a fee.

Insecure Writer’s Support Group
InsecureWritersSupportGroup.com

Writing can be isolating in the best of times and even more-so during a pandemic, and in the face of rejections by editors and agents, we all feel insecure occasionally. Connect with other writers in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group to commiserate, lift each other up, and get advice from industry experts who guest blog.

MFA App Review
MFAAppReview.com

MFA App Review aims to “increase access to fully-funded MFA
programs and build community among underrepresented writers” by pairing historically underrepresented MFA students and alums with historically underrepresented MFA applicants to offer free, informal reviews and critiques on their applications and personal statements.

NaNoWriMo
NaNoWriMo.org

National Novel Writing Month is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting creative writing around the world. They’re most known for their annual program in which writers attempt to write 50,000 words during November. Participants have access to pep-talks from authors, the online community, and free writing resources through their website and newsletter.

Pitch Wars
PitchWars.org

Pitching your book to agents can be scary, but not when you have mentors and a whole community cheering you on. Pitch Wars helps pair writers with industry professionals to spruce up their pitches in preparation for the big #PitMad event and Agent Showcase. Read the blog for success stories and advice for pitching.

Scribophile
Scribophile.com

Scribophile is the best place on the internet to build your writer karma—literally. The site awards karma points to users who provide detailed critiques of writing posted to Scribophile. Points can be spent on posting your own work for critique and entering contests. Users can also join writing groups, discussion forums, and learn from Writing Academy craft articles.

Story a Day
StoryADay.org

Story a Day is a semiannual writing challenge (in May and September) where writers attempt to write and finish one story per day. Outside of the challenge, they offer year-round access to the Serious Writers’ Accountability Group (SWAGr), weekly writing mini-lessons, a blog, and a podcast.

Wattpad
Wattpad.com

Wattpad allows writers to share their work with the world by uploading their books chapter by chapter. With more than 80 million monthly users, writers have the chance to get feedback on their work and build a community of readers. A select few authors have earned traditional book deals and movie adaptations through gaining a large following on the platform.

21 Days to Your Novel Outline and Synopsis

This course is designed to help you understand how to craft a winning premise, how to outline your novel, and then how to take both of those things and assemble a synopsis that will act as a guide for you to write your novel and sell it.

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Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Past experiences taught bestselling author Alan Russell to tread lightly when it came to collaborating on projects. Here, he discusses how the right person and the right story helped him go from a “me” to a “we.”

From Script

Short Film Goals, Writing the Cinematic Experience on the Page and Sundance Film Festival 2022 (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, set your creative goals with a monthly guide to write and produce your short film, provided by Script contributor Rebecca Norris Resnick. Plus, an exclusive interview with Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan, a Sundance Film Festival 2022 day one recap, and more!

Your Story Writing Prompts

94 Your Story Writing Prompts

Due to popular demand, we've assembled all the Your Story writing prompts on WritersDigest.com in one post. Click the link to find each prompt, the winners, and more.

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

Historical fiction relies on research to help a story’s authenticity—but it can also lead to developments in the story itself. Here, author Lora Davies discusses how inspiration and research helped shape her new novel, The Widow’s Last Secret.

Poetic Forms

Saraband: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the saraband, a septet (or seven-line) form based on a forbidden dance.

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give or face an ultimatum.

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

Author Katherine Quevedo takes an analytical look at the creative process in hopes to help other writers find writing success.