Online Writing Communities to Know About
By Ariel | 6 Comments | Posted in Writing
As a writer, being part of an online writing community is a great way to get practice, learn the art of critiquing, and gain a following. As a reader, writing communities are great ways to discover fresh talent and explore new genres. Here are ten writing communities you should know about:
Wattpad is especially geared toward YA, fantasy, and science fiction writers, though other genres are welcome. Wattpad provides many ways for authors to get noticed by other writers and readers by giving out awards, enabling readers to create lists, and publicizing popular entries.
FictionPress is another easy-to-use site. FictionPress is, obviously, for fiction of all types, but it does have a poetry category as well.
FanFiction is run by the same folks at FictionPress, but is the gathering of devoted fans who want to carry on the stories and characters they love. The site is organized by the book/movie/comic/etc. that fans are devoted to. It’s amazing to see what stories live on!
Rather than just offering a platform to publish work and get a few readers, WritersCafe also offers classes, advice about publishing, access to literary agents, and chances to win writing contests. This is a fantastic community if you are thinking about going the traditional publishing route.
Similar to Wattpad, Figment is especially for YA, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, etc. Figment also offers the chance to enter contests and join forums to learn more about writing.
6. Book Country
Book Country wants to help fiction writers build their oeuvres and their careers. Book Country also offers a self-publishing service to help writers get their names out there.
Scribophile is a free writing community, but to ensure their writers are really getting the most out of the community, Scribophile requires that you earn points by leaving thoughtful critiques on others’ work before you can start uploading your own work for critique. I love this idea, because it weeds out the writers who aren’t there to really learn and improve. It creates a true community of writing relationships.
Authonomy is the writing community at HarperCollins. This writing community gives you direct access to one of the biggest publishers in the U.S. HarperCollins pays attention to the writers who do well on Authonomy and regularly posts about which Harper imprints are accepting submissions.