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

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

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.

Here are the results, in no particular order:

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 42,500 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. 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.

7. We Blog…A Blogging Community

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

8. 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.

9. 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.”

10. Fiction Writers Group

Created in 2009 and with 10,000+ 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.

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11. 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).

12. 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. Notable recent posts include reaction to Bob Dylan’s nomination for (and subsequent radio silence towards) the Nobel Prize for Literature and Kanye West penning a poem on McDonald’s french fries for Frank Ocean’s new art mag. Dare we say it’s a great way to kill a little “writer’s block” time?

13. 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!

14. 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.

15. Writers World

As one of the phrases on this group’s logo image indicates, you need “lizard skin” to be an active member in this critique-only group. You’ll find no pep talks or ego-fluffing here, simply polite, but pull-no-punches assessments of any pieces members offer up for critique. (One of the admins has edited for Disney and NBC, if you wonder how useful those critiques are.) If you want to get serious about your work, and you can handle bold honesty, this group can help you hone your skills.

16. NaNoWriMo Participants

Have you ever participated in National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo)?? This group of 26,000+ members can help you through the challenge by offering support, tips and empathy as you type, type, type your way to 50,000 words in 30 days.

17. 10 Minute Novelists

Crunched for time and in need of encouragement? Look no further than this group brought to you by the website of the same name, which was named one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2016. Promotion-free and all about community and motivation, this group offers harried writers inspiring features like Tuesday “Buddy Days” (when you can find critique partners and beta readers) and Wednesday #AuthorHappiness chats (where members celebrate their weekly successes).

18. Women Writers, Women’s Books

Ladies, this one’s for you. Connect with women writers of all genres and experience levels, from indie scribes to traditionally published and self-published authors. As one member (and TWL reader) Suzanne Brazil says of the group, “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.”

19. The Aspiring Travel Writer

Run by blogger and podcaster Alexa Williams Meisler of Break Into Travel Writing, this group’s goal is to provide “a place to connect with others interested in breaking into travel blogging or taking your travel writing to a higher level.” Self-promotion is limited to “Friday Free for Alls” to allow members to focus more on supporting and learning from each other.

20. 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. See here for information on how to join.

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 in November 2016 so it’s more useful and relevant for our readers!

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166 comments

  • Leigh says:

    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/

  • Alexis Grant says:

    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

    • Allen says:

      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 ?

  • 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.

  • Dave Ursillo says:

    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 🙂

  • Raspal says:

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

  • Jill says:

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

  • 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.

  • Katy Mann says:

    A Writers BucketList is now closed to new members.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Debra Eve says:

    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.

  • 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

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

    Here are two more:

    Author Central
    Authors for Authors

  • Susan Neal says:

    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 🙂

  • 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/

  • Liz says:

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

  • 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!

  • Tim Flanagan says:

    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/

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

  • 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

  • TL Bliss says:

    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.

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