Writing Communities

Helpful forums and communities for writers.

YA Lit Chat

This is a writing community forum for those who write Young Adult, although they also have sections for Middle Grade and picture book writers. Some of the great sections they have include: Query Kick Around, where you can post your query to have others critique it; First Pages Critique, where you can post your first five pages to be critiqued; and Agent Insider, which lists agents who represent YA. YAlitchat also hosts a chat once a week on Twitter at 9pmEDT on Wednesdays (which just so happens to be 11am Thursday for me as I’m in Australia). These chats are a great way to connect with other writers and have guests such as agents and published authors to answer your questions. Just use the #yalitchat hashtag.

Write on Con Forums

Even though Write on Con is over for this year the forums are still open. If you write picture books, middle grade or young adult there are sections for each where you can get critique or connect with fellow writers.

Official NaNoWriMo Site

This is where you sign up if you want to be an official participant in NaNoWriMo. You can set up a bio page, connect with fellow NaNoWriMoers and find out information about National Novel Writing Month. There’s also a handy link to the forums.

Blue Dingo Network

A networking and promotions resource for the Australia and New Zealand book industry, especially those in children’s Literature. Includes critique forums and information for writers.

12 x 12

A community of picture book writers. It includes a very active and supportive Facebook group and a forum for writers to exchange manuscript and query critiques. As well as being a supportive and informative community of picture book writers from all stages of the writing journey, you can also watch webinars from professionals in the industry and at Gold level you have the opportunity to submit directly to Literary agents. They’re open for registration in January to February each year and run for the entire year.

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