Find Your Writing Community

Writing isn’t the most social hobby out there. Most of us pen our novels in total silence during the early-morning or late-night hours when the world is fast asleep. Even if you’re the type who spends your days tapping away in a busy coffee shop, writing still has the tendency to make you feel you’re alone, battling writer’s block and imposter syndrome in your own little universe.

But just because writing is often an individual activity doesn’t mean there isn’t strength in numbers. Finding a writing community—both in-person and online—can be hugely beneficial for your work. A support system of other writers can:

  • Provide a sounding board for new ideas and critiques
  • Motivate you to stay on track and meet your deadlines
  • Help you troubleshoot plot problems and other challenges
  • Offer you constructive feedback and honest insights
  • Give you access to a network of contacts and resources
  • And keep you from feeling completely alone in the relentless pursuit of creativity

Plus, connecting with other writers is simply fun! Getting together over dinner or drinks to share stories about your latest projects creates an energy and passion that’s hard to replicate when you’re alone. So how do you go about finding such a magical community? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to find your writing people; you just have to know where to look.

Local Organizations

The best place to start is in your own backyard. Check out your local libraries and bookstores to see if they host any writing events. Search for local Facebook Groups and browse for gatherings of writers near you. You can also look for a nearby writers’ group or association. Many cities have thriving literary scenes—from small creative writing groups to chapters of larger organizations like the National Writers Association (NWA). You may have to pay an annual membership fee, but the connections you make and the resources available will be well worth it.

Of course, the bigger the city you live in, the easier it will be to find a writing group in your area. If you’re in a smaller town with zero literary presence, why not start your own? You don’t have to be an expert or a published author for people to join; all you need is a passion for writing and the willingness to share that with others.

National organizations to check out:

Coffee Shops

Ah, the coffee shop. It’s been the home of creative minds since, well, forever. Whether you’re at an indie cafe or a chain like Starbucks, make it a habit to swing by on a regular basis. Have a weekly (or even daily) writing date and start noticing if there are any other regulars clacking away on their laptops. Don’t be afraid to strike up conversations—asking a simple question like, “What are you working on?” is usually enough to get the ball rolling.

Some coffee shops even host special events and gatherings specifically for writers. Do a quick Google search to see if your local spot has any special occasions on the horizon. It’s also a good idea to follow their social media accounts; they may post about events or topic-specific meetups in advance.

Online Groups

Want to find an even wider variety of people? Look no further than the internet. Online writing groups are super popular and easy to join—all you have to do is type in a few keywords on Google. Search for groups based on genre (e.g., science fiction writers) or geographic region (e.g., south Florida) to narrow down your results. Between virtual book clubs, writing sprints, and even online writing challenges, there are plenty of ways to connect without ever having to leave your house.

But here’s the thing: once you find a group that fits you, make sure you stay consistent in your participation. Don’t just join for the sake of joining. If you want to make real connections, show up and get involved. Respond to other members’ posts, post your own questions, or share a resource that you found helpful. This is a great way to build relationships and find kindred spirits in the writing world.

Here are a few online groups to check out:

Writing Workshops & Classes

And finally, if you want to get serious about your writing, sign up for a class or workshop. Universities and community colleges often offer in-person courses on creative writing. Many online platforms, like MasterClass or Udemy also have specific courses for aspiring authors.

Workshops are great because they provide an intensive learning experience, allowing you to connect with like-minded people in a safe and nurturing environment. Whether it’s an all-day seminar or a weekly session spread out over months, attending a course can help you develop the skills necessary to succeed as a writer. Plus, you may even make some lifelong writing friends along the way.

No matter where you are in your writing journey, having a community of support is invaluable. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and find people who share the same passion for words as you do. With a little bit of effort and some creative thinking, you can build an amazing network that will make your writing all the richer.


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