16 Facebook Groups for Writers You Don’t Want to Miss

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Whether you’re a freelancer, a blogger, a fiction writer or anything in between, we could all use a little company on the sometimes lonely road known as the writing life.

Maybe you just got your first offer to ghostwrite a book and have no idea what to charge. Maybe your characters refuse to do what you want them to do (isn’t that just like them?), and you could use someone to commiserate with. Maybe it’s after midnight and you’re still up trying to wrestle the words into submission, and you dearly need to be talked down off the ledge.

Whatever the reason, Facebook groups can be a fantastic way for writers to connect, trade advice, swap war stories and find new opportunities. Knowing there are other people out there who “get” what it’s like to be a writer can be a huge comfort, and the chance to share experience and tips with people on all stages of the writing journey is invaluable.

So we polled writers to find out which Facebook groups they personally could not live without. (Want to share this list? Click to tweet it.) Here are the results:

1. The Write Life Community

We’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about our own Facebook group! Writers of all experience levels can share their struggles and wins, ask each other questions and otherwise support and encourage the community throughout the writing life.

2. Calls for Submissions

More than 32,000 members must be onto something. This group collects submission calls for poetry, fiction and art and presents them all in one easy-to-follow place. If you’re looking for publication opportunities, it’s worth checking out.

3. Create Your Nomadtopia

If you’re taking your leap into the writing life one step further and considering a location-independent lifestyle (one of the many perks of being a writer), this group is a great resource for learning more about it, finding advice and ideas and getting support from those who are also living their own nomadtopias.

4. Indie Author Group

One of the bigger communities of indie authors and self-publishers (with a focus on fiction), this group is a great place to get advice, air your grievances and find lesser-known authors. The only downside is that membership is so big it can be hard to connect one-on-one with individual members.

5. Indie Writers Unite!

Open to indie writers of all kinds, this group allows self-promotion only in admin-created threads, and has a fair but firm panel of moderators who keep spammers and trolls at bay.

6. Rockin’ the Side Gig

By The Write Life founder Alexis Grant, this group is for “side hustlers” — those holding down day jobs while building their writing biz on the side. Share motivation and resources, ask questions and get much-needed support for this demanding (but rewarding) spin on the writing life.

7. Smart Passive Income Kindle Group

Ever wanted to write a Kindle book or wondered how the process works? Join this group to get a behind-the-scenes look at popular blogger Pat Flynn’s own journey to publish a Kindle book from start to finish. In addition to watching Pat’s journey, readers have a chance to ask questions, share their own advice and experiences and get feedback on similar projects they’re working on.

8. We Blog…A Blogging Community

A great place for bloggers to connect, share ideas and find new readers by promoting their own blogs.

9. Blogging Boost

Another group chock full of advice, resources and support for bloggers, this group limits self-promotion to Mondays only, which helps save your feed from over-saturation.

10. Write On! Online

An extension of a live group that started at a Barnes & Noble in California in 2002, this “writer’s support group” aims at helping writers set goals, troubleshoot and network. It tries to foster a sense of community and energy among its wide range of members, who vary in terms of age, experience and writing genre. As one member told us, “They have a supportive environment and a very informative podcast. Another great group to provide that much needed ‘kick in the pants’ without the guilt.”

11. Fiction Writers Group

Created in 2009 with 7,500+ members around the world, this group also publishes three anthologies a year. Whether you’re a traditional, self-published or indie author, this group is a great resource for information, support or simply “a kick in the butt to get you going,” as one TWL reader commented. Self-promotion is not allowed, but you are able to post an excerpt from your current project for critique by other members.

12. Children’s Authors and Illustrators on Facebook

Whether you pen picture books or YA novels, this group is a place to connect with aspiring writers, published authors and children’s lit fans. Trade tips, share the latest industry news, discover new authors and share your own project (on one dedicated thread that keeps all other self-promotion out of the group’s feed).

13. Writers Write

If you’re looking for less of a participatory experience and more of a compendium of all things writing, this group is a fun news source of recent doings in the writing world. Recent posts include a Sotheby’s auction of the first edition of The Great Gatsby, interviews with famous writers seen online and on TV and a story on NASA’s desire to launch haikus into space. Dare we say it’s a great way to kill a little “writer’s block” time?

14. Careful Cents Freelancers Club

When you join the Club, you get access not only to the exclusive Facebook group, but also many other goodies like targeted job offers and opportunities, guest posting gigs and media opportunities, monthly Q&As and Twitter chats. It’s a community and job board all in one!

15. Writers Helping Writers

Whether you’re a newbie looking for advice or an established pro who’d like to pay it forward, this community is a great place to support and learn from other writers, as well as editors, publishers, agents and more.

16. The Literati Writers

This group came up several times in our discussions with writers and is also highly recommended, but at a price tag of $197 per quarter, it may not be for everyone. That said, this fee covers much more than just access to the Facebook group; you also get to participate in live author interviews, Google+ Hangouts, weekly accountability check-ins, personal sessions with founder Dave Ursillo and the chance to contribute to the Literati blog and digital book projects. You can request an invite through The Literati Writers’ site. 

Have you found a home in any other writers’ groups on Facebook? Share them with us in the comments!

This post originally ran in September 2013. We updated it so it’s more useful and relevant for our readers!

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Kelly Gurnett runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits and is growing her own freelance writing, editing and blogging empire day by day. You can follow her on Twitter and .

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  1. Hi again Kelly,

    Great list you have here. I belong to a quite few FB writer groups but most are travel writing related. I’ll be adding some of these to my FB feed as well.

    I also run a FB writer’s group. It’s called The Writer’s Process. The focus of the group is on writing and editing of blogs, books, memoirs and short stories, but we also talk about how to incorporate social media, entrepreneurship and publishing into our greater writing goals.

    Each writer has the opportunity to workshop writing, plus receive feedback anytime on shorter pieces, newsletter and the like. In addition, I provide writing and publishing resources and support, a regular Show & Tell with working writers plus one-one-one sessions with me.

    It’s a for pay community, but membership is capped at 20 people so each member will receive individual time and attention. I’m currently accepting 3 new people.

    For anyone interested, you can read more about The Process on my website:

    http://thefutureisred.com/the-writers-process/

  2. SUCH a great list, Kelly! Facebook groups really are an underutilized resource.

    Leigh, I’m so glad you weighed in with yet another group to check out — hope others do, too!

    ~@alexisgrant, managing editor of TWL

    • Hi Alexis, It’s good that you guys are running these websites for Upcoming writers.
      My sincere thanks for that. Just need some advice here.
      Any place for political and military writers that is willing to pay for an article ?

  3. The Bookstrap Book Club was taken over by Jennifer Donogh of Young Female Entrepreneurs. Kickstart Kitchen is no more, but people interested in the book club can sign up on YFE.com.

  4. Hey Kelly! Thanks for the kind shoutout to The Literati Writers in this fantastic list! Even as the guy behind the group, I totally agree with you that, at first glance, the price tag we carry seems steep! Over one year and 75 Literati Writers later (with an average membership length of 7.5 months/member), the group’s price tag has proven extraordinarily valuable for inviting invested members with deep self-commitment. We’ve created a stellar community of writers of all levels who are … actually writing. And blogging. And publishing. And getting paid for their writing. It’s been an amazing 12+ months!

    Thanks again!

    Many thanks 🙂

  5. Great FB groups but some of them don’t have any button to click to join the group. How do I join such groups?

    • Hi Raspal,

      Some of the groups are set up as pages, so you would need to “Like” those ones instead. Hope that works!

      Cheers,
      Heather
      Assistant Editor
      The Write Life

  6. A Writer’s Bucket List Action Team is not taking any new members. But you can still sign up for email subscription.

  7. Thanks so much for including my Create Your Nomadtopia group on this list! My primary location-independent business is Nomad Editorial, offering writing coaching and editing services, so I heartily agree that writing and editing offer the perfect opportunity to be location independent!

    I’ve been location independent since 2004, and I founded Nomadtopia to share everything I’ve learned along the way with others who’d like to do something similar.

  8. A Writers BucketList is now closed to new members.

  9. Kelly,

    I really have no more to add to the conversation in terms of how awesome this is . . . but, I will say, it’s quite a unique post and deserves a good old pat on the back. So, kudos for finding a unique topic to write about as well as some awesome suggestions for new Facebook groups to check out!

    -Anton

  10. Very fortunate to be part of the Writers Bucket List group. Dana is awesome! I definitely recommend the email list since the group is closed.

  11. Extremely useful list, Kelly! I’m active on several FB writer’s groups and assumed they’d be repeated here, but each one is new to me. Kudos to you for doing such great research.

  12. I am in several groups, but one of the most helpful is the Author Social Media Support Group, or ASMSG. This is a free but closed group, you will have to ask to join. We have several talented writers from aspired authors up to seasoned professionals. We have published two anthologies so far, and submissions are being accepted for the third. The anthologies are written solely by the members of ASMSG. We support one another through Facebook, Twitter snd other social media, as well as Goodreads.

    • Hi Rebecca,

      It looks like ASMSG is no longer accepting new members except by nomination from existing members. I checked out their website and facebook fan page though Thanks,
      Kristina

  13. Thanks, Kelly. I just joined and “liked” several of the groups.

    Here are two more:

    Author Central
    Authors for Authors

  14. Thanks very much for this great list of groups – very helpful. Like Kathy, I’ve just been doing the rounds and liked and joined several groups.

    Cheers 🙂

  15. Great post, as usual, full of good information. My FB writing page features prompts that can be used for writing. Next week, I’ll start posting prompts that will be helpful for either NaNoWriMo or anyone seeking ideas for characters, locations, plot ideas, etc. I’ve just started a blog where people can post their writing and receive commentary. Can you tell me. . . what do you think. . . for this type of prompts to spark writing. . . what’s best. . . a FB writing page, or a blog? Oh, I guess I should post my info. Is that okay? Since blog is newly born. . . I welcome feedback for improvement.
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarleneCullensWritingWorkshops
    Blog: http://thewritespot.us/marlenecullenblog/

  16. Awesome to see the Literati Writers on there, am in the group and love it!

  17. Thanks so much for including Write on Online in your list! Welcome to all the new members who found us here. I am on some of the other groups/pages already. … am going to join the other groups too!

  18. Interesting list – not come across pay-to-access groups on Facebook before. I thought I would also add my group to the list Marketing for Authors. At nearly 4000 members, we are a community of writers, editors and publicists that share information with each other on the tricky aspect of marketing our books. Every post is vetted by a team of amin so the main page is spam free and book plug free. Businesses offering a service can place a permanent advert in our Business Directory within the group. No fees to join. We have an exclusive group webinar coming up in November, as well as a developing resource directory of lists and links. Come and have a look:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/146813612165228/

  19. Thanks so much for including the Indie Author Group, we’re working hard to make sure no one goes unnoticed!

  20. Hello hello and thanks to Kelly for including Hungry Entrepreneurs on this list! We’re delighted to be here among such remarkable resources (and a few brainchildren of beloved pals. Hi Dana! Hi Dave! Hi Amy!)

    If anyone out there is interested in membership, I’d love to talk to you directly. Please feel free to call me directly at three one two – eight five seven – three two seven three or email annie at hungryentrepreneurs.com.

    I did want to clarify one thing about our gang. Yes, one of our tags it “you’re too good to be this broke!” but you do NOT need to be broke or struggling to join. We pride ourselves on our diversity – of industry, of expertise and of experience.

    Excited to make all of your acquaintance!
    Annie Passanisi, Executive Chef of Hungry Entrepreneurs

  21. I have a book promotion group on Facebook called Ready to Read … https://www.facebook.com/groups/469592073074586/ where it is acceptable to promote a ready to read book, for blog posts that are about a ready to read book, and events for ready to read books. Posts related to anything more will be deleted. This is not a group to ask for likes shares, etc. only posts about book promotion.

  22. Moody Val says:

    Hiya, just thought I’d pitch in with another fabulous group.
    The Fiction Writer’s Group is the one that got me published. They’re doing multiple anthology projects and are a great help if you need information or just a kick in the butt to get you going.

    Here’s a link if you’re interested.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/fictionwritersgroup/

  23. one of the best free Fb groups is WRITERS WORLD by Randall Andrews

  24. If your looking for a terrific web community with writer podcasts, look at http://eatsleepwrite.net

    Lessons, blogs, podcast, poetry and much more.

  25. Willette Mitchell says:

    I’m sorry, but why don’t I see the Facebook group NaNoWriMo?

  26. Sarah Kaider says:

    Capybara Promotions runs free cover promotion contests!

    In the process of establishing for-profit services for authors, as well.

    • There is one literary group that is a black mark on the entire literary world: don’t join LitReactor. They are a joke! I know because I used to work there. They constantly invite people to participate in contests/classes/copy writing etc. but if they see something of yours that they like they will use it and claim it as their own work. They trample over the rights if people and have no regard for others intellectual property. Just a warning.

      • Sarah Kaider says:

        Oh thank you for the warning! I’ll be sure to look out for them… What a shame.

        I posted about Capybara Promotions because I am its CEO. I can assure you that Capybara Promotions is different than LitReactor, because we actually promote authors and try to help others. I created this company because I received a lot of help from indie and traditional authors with information pertaining the future publication of my novels, and I want to give back to this wonderful family-like community.

  27. 10 Minute Novelists is a great group for encouragement!!! Great Chats that are informative and inspiring!

  28. I think “Writers like Writers” is one of the better ones. For those who are looking for free books you’ve got “Free Today on Amazon”, and I’ve found both to be insightful and worth my time.

  29. Christopher Faulkner says:

    “The Writer’s Bucket List group is still open, too.”

    either it’s closed, or the link is wrong

    • Thanks for letting us know, Christopher — looks like the group reached maximum capacity since we published this post and is now closed. I’ve updated the post with a note.

      Cheers,
      Heather
      TWL Assistant Editor

  30. Indie Author Group is not a recommended place for new writers. After asking about 6 line-editing questions last month, a paranoid moderator said I could only ask one per month. It was not on their rules to limit anything. Said to go elsewhere if I didn’t accept. The members were great and really helpful there, but the moderators are from some other planet. If the question relates to writing, then they should allow it. As a new writer, I recommend other new writers not to visit this page, because, once again, moderators ruin what’s great there.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience.

      Heather
      TWL Assistant Editor

    • Heather, I know you probably know this, but anyone posting a bad experience with a group, unless then can name the person and show screenshots showing their victimization are probably people that got banned for breaking the rules and are now trying to destroy the people that wouldn’t let them advertise.
      I’ve found IAG to be efficient, kind and the moderators are the best bit- Valerie, Kai, Mary-Ann and John are truly lovely people (the only one I’ve ever had a spat with was Kai, and only because she wouldn’t do something I wanted, and looking back on it, I feel really quite bad about giving her a hard time about it, now that I know better! Shows exactly how new I was – I got angry at Kai for not removing something on a page she didn’t even look after!), who not only take the time out to look after the group but run a website, answer questions and help people in chat. I do know though that a couple of people, in fits and starts, get it into their heads that the rules don’t apply to them and then make everyone else around them miserable – it’s not to say that complaints like this aren’t true, but this one is just so out there, I find it hard to believe, and suspect it might be someone else that’s just using this as an excuse. So no, it’s perfectly newbie friendly, IMO. I’ve gone from newbie to bestseller since starting with them, and they’re the only group I generally hang out on.
      No, I suspect you’re being used to advance someone’s entitlement issues and they’re getting a bit of revenge for breaking the rules. I’ve been on groups where the moderators used the group for little more than a personal fiefdom, not only is IAG not like that, but the active members go out of their way to help the newbies, and if there aren’t answers by anyone, the mods tend to answer in 24 hours or less. Pretty good going for a group that doesn’t really offer a one on one connection 🙂

  31. If you guys are going to recycle posts that are a few years old in your newsletter, probably a good idea to do some fact checking.

    Or hire some hands to create new materials.

    • Hi Kate,
      Thanks for your feedback. You must have read our minds — we’re in the process of refreshing some posts and providing current info to readers.

      Lisa Rowan
      TWL Team

  32. Great list. I also like the travel writing challenges in the Aspiring Travel Writers Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/710248859052147/

  33. I’m trying to spread the word about Snowflakes in a Blizzard (snowflakesarise.wordpress.com) a new, different and (most importantly) free marketing service for authors. The idea is to lift individual books and authors out of the blizzard (12 million books currently listed on Amazon) and expose them to a specific audience. It’s easy, it’s free, there are no strings attached, and it certainly can’t hurt. Check it out and e-mail me at writersbridge@hotmail.com if you have any further questions.

  34. Kelly, what an honor to find my group on here, and find more awesome groups for writers! I absolutely LOVE the Write Life!

  35. Great post! The only one I’m a part of right now is the Careful Cents group. I’ll have to check out some of these other ones. 🙂

  36. My favorite Facebook group is Women Writers, Women’s Books.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWWBMagazine/

    Their website is extremely helpful also http://www.booksbywomen.org. The FB group is closed but all you have to do is request an invite. It’s an extremely positive and encouraging group with traditionally published, indie authors and self-published all mingling with aspiring writers in just about any genre. The only catch is it’s women only. They have an active Twitter presence, publish helpful essays, support each other’s blogs and author pages and are generally just a great place for technical questions, writing advice, and encouragement! Can’t recommend them highly enough. Run by Barbara Bos.

  37. A small group of writers who share ideas and ask for help. It is a very intimate group and we like it that way. We share important posts that pertain to writing or publishing but we do not overrun the group with posts like the others do.

  38. Great list! I also very recently started a writers group called Write for Money.. I share tips on earning income from writing, answers questions, and shade opportunities I find online –
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Write-For-Money/885868758165127

  39. Thank you for including Writers Helping Writers in the 16 Writing Groups list. The group has been in existence for a couple of years, but my co-admin and I have been at the helm for the last year or so. The group has become a fascinating place for writers of all experience levels to share what they have learned, ask questions and the like. I hope that we get to meet more of you there in days and weeks to come.

  40. Hello Kelly,
    This os really a very helpful post. Most pf us are usually looking for good groups to join on Facebook where we can always get help for our writing problems and all the groups you here here are indeed good.

    I’m just hearing about most of them for the first time too except for the Smart Passive Income Kindle group which I’m a member of.

    Thanks for sharing.

  41. I love the Author Promosgoing on in the Pinned Post at large FB group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/148313988694907/

  42. Thanks for the great list. I’ll have to check out these other groups. I love to connect with other writers anyway I can.

    I have another group for writers to share here. It’s the Working Writer’s Club on Facebook. The first Friday of every month we have a Facebook Friday’s Freelance Writers’ Chat. And we also connect with writers here who are also members of the Working Writer’s Club. Membership in both our groups is free, so I hope people will check it out. Here’s the Facebook link – https://www.facebook.com/groups/161997920566579/

    Thanks so much for the share! Happy writing, everyone!

  43. I belong to a group called The Awethors and we presently have 4 anthologies out on Amazon. I found the members to be helpful and encouraging. It is currently closed to new members but of you contact them they can give you more info. http://www.awethors.com

  44. Hello, my name is Jason Carlton.

    There are too many writing groups, but anyone can join me on Facebook for advice and to promote something writing related or to share something.

    Search, Writers World II.

  45. Deepak Chauhan says:

    good nice
    Watch a short film “I DID NOT KILL MY GIRLFRIEND” based on Delhi girl murder case

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