We all know how important it is to keep in touch with our fellow authors, the amount of invaluable advice and support that we can get from them can’t be compared with anything. Of course having a reliable network of readers, family and friends, which will always cheer you up and encourage you to keep writing is important, but no one will understand your ups and downs, your excitements and frustrations as other authors will.
That’s why there are innumerable online communities that you can join from the comfort of your home and with the same, priceless outcome as joining a writer’s convention.
To get you started, I gathered ten of the best Online Writing Communities that you can join, for free, to start creating your author’s network.
A friendly environment to get advice and resources for improving your writing skills. You can submit your writing to the workshop section and receive honest feedback from other writers.
WritersCafe.org is an online writing community where writers can post their work, get reviews, befriend other writers, and much more.
This is a community of young writers, new and experienced, dedicated to improving their writing.
This is a comprehensive informational website and community for writers of all levels. It offers articles and information about fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, freelancing, and copywriting. They also provide information about editing, publishing, agents, and market research. You’ll find links to resources and a large and active online community of writers and publishing professionals.
This is an on-line workshop/critique group for serious Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writers, where they gather to help improve your craft, not only by having your work dissected by other members, but also by learning to dissect your own work.
Those chats are moderated by people whose main goal is to provide education, support and encouragement for writers. There is also a forum that supplements the Chatroom by giving around the clock access to visitors who can’t make it to the regularly scheduled chats.
Backspace is predicated on the idea of writers helping writers, which they accomplish by means of forums, an online guest speaker program in which agents, acquisitions editors, and bestselling authors regularly conduct question and answer sessions with the group, advice and how-to articles from publishing experts on this website, as well as their real-world conferences and events.
Writing.Com is a writers’ playground, full of useful tools, inspirations, community support, and motivation! They offer writers hundreds of unique writing tools and opportunities for creation and productivity: your own portfolio, community newsfeed, contests, activities, rewards, and recognitions!
Critique Circle is an online writing workshop for all authors, whether they write literary fiction, genre fiction, articles or short stories. Their purpose is to provide a place for writers to give and receive feedback on their work, and thereby learn from one another. The Critique Circle also includes forums as well as helpful writing tools for manuscript progress, submission tracking, character generation and more.
The last two are known by (almost) everyone and some of the best online resources for authors:
National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.
Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love.
Besides of being a great resource for readers, they have the Goodreads Author Program, which is an invaluable tool for authors. Any author, anywhere in the world, can join the Goodreads Author Program for free. All you need is an Internet connection and a published book (or a soon-to-be published book) that can be found in their database.
The Goodreads Author Program allows published authors to claim their profile page to promote their book and engage with readers. Once verified, your author profile will include the official Goodreads Author badge, which you can use to tell your fans to follow you on Goodreads.