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

23 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 find yourself searching for “writing groups near me” just to find a few writer friends.

Whatever the reason, online writing 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.

These online writing groups are supportive and helpful

We polled writers to find out which online writing groups they personally could not live without — and many of them relied heavily on Facebook groups.

So here are some of the best Facebook groups for writers.

1. The Write Life Community

Before we dig in deep about what’s out there…we hope you’ve joined The Write Life Facebook group! Writers of all experience levels share their struggles and wins, ask each other questions, and generally support and encourage one another. Recent topics of discussion include how to beat procrastination and the best ways to find remote writing opportunities.

Size: 20,900 members (as of mid-2019)

2. The Freelance Content Marketing Writer

Created by Jennifer Goforth Gregory, who has a book by the same name as the group, this space is for writers who work in content marketing. Most have a background in digital marketing, journalism or freelance writing, and they discuss topics like how much to charge for specific services, where to look for a virtual assistant, an alternatives to getting paid with PayPal.

Size: 3,170 members (as of mid-2019)

3. 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. Recent posts include writers asking for feedback on cover designs, sharing motivational quotes and comics about writing, and sharing writing wins.

Size: 173,960 members (as of mid-2019)

4. What’s Your Plan B?

This group is for journalists who have left the industry, are preparing to leave the industry, or fear they might be forced into leaving the industry… and what they’ve gone on to do with their careers. It’s full of ideas from writers who have used their skills to make an income in new ways, and requests from journalists who are struggling with the change. It’s a supportive space!

Size: 14,050 members (as of mid-2019)

5. 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.

Size: 17,850 members (as of mid-2019)

6. Inner Circle Writers Group

Created by Grant Hudson of independent publisher Clarendon House Publications, this group is for new and established writers who are interested in the craft and practice of writing. Many of the posts are writers cheering each other on as submissions are accepted and published, so if that’s something you’re working toward, you’ll be in good company here.

Size: 4,670 members (as of mid-2019)

7. Ask a Book Editor

This group is all about asking questions you have about the writing process and getting answers from editors. Admins prefer participants ask specific questions, rather than posting excerpts and asking for feedback. This is a great place to lurk and learn even if you don’t have a reason to participate! There’s also a Help Wanted section for writers looking to hire an editor.

Size: 2,960 members (as of mid-2019)

8. 10-Minute Novelists

For novelists looking to improve their craft, especially those who are crunched for time to write. As one member told us, “10-Minute Novelists is my all time favorite…the group is so supportive, the admins are very active in discussions and post regularly…It’s helped me so much!” Look for 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).

Size: 13,640 members (as of mid-2019)

9. Beta Readers and Critique Partners

If you’re willing to become a beta reader or critique partner, or you want to find one for your work, this is the place to connect with other writers. You’ll see calls for reads of poetry, action, drama, historical fiction, personal essays, non-fiction…pretty much every type of writing.

Size: 6,810 members (as of mid-2019)

10. Word Nerds Unite

Run by Gabriela Pereira at DIY MFA, a do-it-yourself alternative to a master’s in writing, this group focuses on all things writing. Recent topics have included how to beat writer’s block, call-outs for beta readers, and grammar questions. Pereira herself interacts regularly, sharing Word Nerd Wins and hosting weekend writing sprints, which she says are like virtual writing retreats. This is a fun and motivated crowd!

Size: 5,520 members (as of mid-2019)

11. Calls for Submissions

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.

Size: 58,080

12. 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 freelance writer), this group is a great resource for learning more about it. You’ll find advice and ideas and get support from those who are also living their own nomadtopias. It was created by location-independent Amy Scott, whose website goes by the same name as this Facebook group.

Size: 4,500 members (as of mid-2019)

13. Indie Author Group

This group of indie authors and self-publishers focuses mainly on fiction. It’s a great place to get advice, air your grievances and discover new authors.

Size: 12,060 members (as of mid-2019)

14. 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.

Size: 7,350 members (as of mid-2019)

15. We Blog…A Blogging Community

Founded by blogger Edwin Covarrubias, this is a place for bloggers to connect and share ideas. You’ll also find opportunities to promote your blog if you’re a new blogger looking to find readers.

Size: 4,780 members (as of mid-2019)

16. 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.

Size: 23,810 members (as of mid-2019)

17. 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’s hosted by hosted by Debra Eckerling of The D*E*B Method. As one member told us, “They have a supportive environment…to provide that much needed ‘kick in the pants’ without the guilt.”

Size: 1,640 members (as of mid-2019)

18. Fiction Writers Group

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 member told us. Self-promotion is not allowed, but you are able to post an excerpt from your current project for critique by other members. The group also publishes three anthologies a year.

Size: 9,670 (as of mid-2019)

19. 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?

Size: 9,900 members (as of mid-2019)

20. 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.

Size: 5,430 members (as of mid-2019)

21. NaNo Land

Have you ever participated in National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo)? This group, formerly known as NaNoWriMo Participants, 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.

Size: 23,930 members (as of mid-2019)

22. 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. Member Suzanne Brazil said 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.”

Size: 16,070 members (as of mid-2019)

23. 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.

Size: 7,180 members (as of mid-2019)

Want more Facebook groups for writers to choose from? Writer Elna Cain offers more ideas here.

The original version of this story was written by Kelly Gurnett. We updated the post so it’s more useful for our readers.

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188 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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