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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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10 Tips on Covering Events as a Freelance Journalist

10 Tips on Covering Events as a Freelance Journalist

From planning ahead to staying late, Alison Hill shares 10 tips for journalists while covering events as a freelancer.

From Script

Character Studies, Writing the Immigrant Experience, and Six Adaptation Steps Before You Adapt a Book (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, navigate different character study approaches in your writing, and tracking emotional journeys.

Lora Senf: On Trusting Children With Middle Grade Fiction

Lora Senf: On Trusting Children With Middle Grade Fiction

Author Lora Senf discusses how one chilling text message led her to writing her new middle grade horror novel, The Clackity.

Katrina Leno: On Writing Around an Idea

Katrina Leno: On Writing Around an Idea

Critically acclaimed novelist Katrina Leno discusses the process of bringing her childhood memories to magical life in her new young adult novel, Sometime in Summer.

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WD Presents: A New Podcast Episode, "Your Story" Prompt, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our latest episode of "Writer's Digest Presents," the new "Your Story" prompt, and more!

Writer's Digest Best Live Streams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels 2022

Writer's Digest Best Live Streams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels 2022

Here are the top live streams, podcasts, and YouTube channels as identified in the 24th Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

What Is Fan Fiction in Writing?

What Is Fan Fiction in Writing?

You might have heard the term, especially if you’re in online fandoms, but what exactly is fan fiction? Managing Editor Moriah Richard explains.

5 Ways To Use Short Stories To Grow as a Writer

5 Ways To Use Short Stories To Grow as a Writer

Short story writing can be a gateway to writing your novel—but they’re also fun and worthy stories in their own right. Here, author Dallas Woodburn shares 5 ways to use short stories to grow as a writer.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Having an Online Presence

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Having an Online Presence

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not having an online presence.