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Writers Groups Online

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The Art of Writing This is an example of an online writers group where joining can return value. The Art of Writing is located on Google+ (to which, as with the other social media below, you must subscribe to become a member – here by having a Google account); the group has over 17,000 members.

On Facebook the largest is probably Writers’ Group with nearly 40,000 followers. Another, Wattpad Writers and Read…, is devoted to users of WATTPAD (a successful Toronto-based story-posting site used at present mostly by writing enthusiasts among the most web-savvy cohorts, Millennials and teens, although this could change over time to include the more mature as has happened with Facebook itself). Wattpad Writers and Read has 19,000 young followers.

There are dozens of other smaller Facebook groups, often specialized by genre. Examples are Nature Writers Study Group, a closed group (i.e. one you apply to join) with 160 followers, and Mystery & Thriller Writers Group, another closed group with 1,300 followers.

On LinkedIn  we have for example:- Nonfiction Authors Association – Writers Network; The Freelance Writers’ Connection; TWO BITS/Writing Advice to Writers from Writers; Aspiring Writers; Aspiring Writers Promotions; and Aspiring Writers Short Story Challenge.  In this small selection there are as few as a thousand members and as many as 48,000.

If you don’t see the point of the online family-and-friends socializing aspects of these global social media, consider joining one or more (using a ‘writer’ profile of yourself) simply for the opportunity this gives to learn from, and perhaps network with, other writers out there who use these networking tools and whom you will never meet in person but who face the same challenges you do.

Nothing ventured….

by Ian Keith Anderson

P.S. Note that links in this post that point to a group within a service will only open if you have an account with that service!


About Alton Chapter

The Alton Chapter of Writers' Ink meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Alton Branch.

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This entry was posted on February 8, 2017 by in Writer's Ink News, Writing Advice and tagged , , .

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