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