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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179 comments

  • 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/

  • Adam Scull says:

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

  • Adam Scull says:

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

    Lessons, blogs, podcast, poetry and much more.

  • Willette Mitchell says:

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

  • Sarah Kaider says:

    Capybara Promotions runs free cover promotion contests!

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

    • Kara says:

      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.

  • Billie says:

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

  • John says:

    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.

  • 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

  • Author says:

    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

    • Jayne says:

      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 🙂

  • Kate says:

    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.

    • Lisa Rowan says:

      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