Online Writing Groups

The writing game can be a lonely one, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, working with others can improve your writing tremendously. It can be quite tricky finding fellow writers nearby to meet up with, but the internet has made that a whole lot easier. Hundreds, if not thousands of writing groups exist online. No longer do writers have to sit alone in their bedroom reading work aloud to their cats. But it still can be quite difficult to find the right writing group for you. So here’s a list of all those I’m aware of.

Most you will see are on Facebook. While it does have its issues, of which I’m sure you’re aware, Facebook is still an active hub for writers of all genres. Be sure to check out the group I manage, The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing Collective, which has grown exponentially over the past few months. I’ve included a few from Reddit and forums too. If you know of any others, drop me an email!

This is a permanent page on my site under the Writer’s Resources section. I’ll update this list as often as I can.

 

Name of Group Platform Genre
The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing Collective Facebook SFF
Fantasy Writers Support Group Facebook Fantasy
AmWritingFantasy Facebook Fantasy
The Sci-fi & Fantasy Writers’ Guild Facebook Fantasy
RPG and Fantasy Writers and Artists Guild Facebook Fantasy
Writing Bad Facebook All
Fantasy Writers Group Facebook Fantasy
Genre Writers (Fantasy, SciFi, Steampunk et al) Facebook SFF
Writers Assembled Facebook All
Sci-fi & Fantasy Authors & Readers Facebook SFF
Writers’ Group Facebook All
Sci-fi,Horror,Fantasy,Paranormal,Fiction,true Story etc etc Authors, Lovers Facebook Spec Fic
Sci-Fi, Horror, Doomsday, Fantasy, True Story, Action, etc. Writers Facebook Spec Fic
Writers Like Writers Facebook All
Epic Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror Group Facebook Spec Fic
Writers Group Facebook All
Indie Authors Support Network Facebook All
Fantasy & Sci-Fi writers group Facebook SFF
Writer’s tips and feedback Facebook All
Writers For Writers Facebook All
Fiction Writing Facebook All
One Stop Fiction Authors’ Resource Group Facebook All
Sci-Fi Readers & Writers Facebook SF
Indie Authors International Facebook All
Book Promotion Scifi and Fantasy Facebook SFF
WE PAW Bloggers Facebook All
Author/Publisher/Editor/Book Readers Facebook All
Authors, Reviewers, & Book Lovers Facebook All
The Indie Writers’ Cooperative Facebook All
The Sci-Fi, Horror & Fantasy Group Facebook Spec Fic
Celebrating Authors Facebook All
Writers Helping Writers Facebook All
Authors Facebook All
The Writers Tribe Facebook All
Creative Writing Facebook All
Creative Writers Hangout Facebook All
Tune Your English Facebook All
Indie Authors & Book Lovers Facebook All
Fantasy Writers Facebook Fantasy
Aspiring Novelists Facebook All
Historical Fiction Facebook Historical Fiction
Writing Bad Promotions Facebook All
Writing tips for beginners Facebook All
Passion for Books Facebook All
Socially Aware Fantasy Writers Facebook Fantasy
Writers’ Gathering Group Facebook All
Writers and Readers of Speculative Fiction Facebook Spec Fic
Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Writers Facebook Spec Fic
Science Fiction/Horror/Fantasy Writers Inc. Facebook Spec Fic
Fantasy Authors Assemble-Fantasy writers group Facebook Fantasy
A Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Readers & Writers Hang Out Facebook Spec Fic
Science Fiction, Fantasy and other genres: learning group Facebook SFF
Fantasy & Sci-Fi Fans, Artists, Readers, Writers, Filmmakers & Cosplayers Facebook SFF
r/fantasywriters Reddit Fantasy
r/Fantasy Reddit Fantasy
r/Writing Reddit All
r/Worldbuilding Reddit All
r/SciFi Reddit Sci Fi
r/Writers Reddit All
r/writingtips Reddit All
SFF Chronicles Forum SFF

About the author

Richie Billing writes fantasy fiction, historical fiction and stories of a darker nature. His short fiction has been published by, amongst others, Kzine, TANSTAAFL Press, Bewildering Stories, Liquid Imagination, The Magazine of History & Fiction, Aether and Ichor, and Far Horizons. His debut novel, Pariah's Lament, will be published by Fiction Vortex in Summer 2020. He co-hosts the podcast The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed, a venture inspired by the requests of readers of his critically-acclaimed book, A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook. Most nights you can find him up into the wee hours scribbling away or watching the NBA. Find out more at www.richiebilling.com.

Comments

  1. I can see the possibilities of this but at the same time, just like with a face-to-face group, you have to watch out with the “group from hell.” Most I’ve casually checked post guidelines up front with seem to filter out (or try to) the bad apples, but it may take some try before you buy before you stick with a particular group. Trolls abound in these times, especially when they don’t have to see you in the flesh. It’s bad enough, even when they do, and I can surely testify to that! If you can find a great group, there’s nothing better. On the other hand, if you get into a bad one, you’ll know pretty quick when the feedback is destructive instead of constructive, and the moderators don’t keep a handle on that crap. Time to pack up and head for the next group!

    1. Correct! I’ve found a group after much searching. In the end, it was a recommendation. I can quickly spot the bad ones: masses of members, spamming of self-promotion. A good group requires firm moderation.

  2. I haven’t had good experiences with Facebook writing groups. Unfortunately, there are too many super amateurs that go on those groups either asking straight out for story ideas or to have writing given to them, or for simple questions that a google search can answer. People need to take charge of their own hobby/business, put in the work, have the initiative. If I were to make a group, I’d have stricter criteria on who can join. But then again, I am lucky that I have a decent personal network I can rely on.

    1. Whilst I am keen to help beginner writers, what you mention about groups full of people who decided to write that very same day is my second group put off, right after self-promotion spamming.

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