Local writing groups are great. Trust me, if I could find one, I would love it. But I can’t, and so I’ve struggled to eke out my own writing community. Guess what? Turns out they’re online. Thousands of writers of all genres who congregate on hashtags across social media sites.
Twitter chats are a great jumping off point if you don’t know where to look. I’ve found 30 for you. Search the list below for which ones you might be interested in checking out, add a reminder to your calendar, and join in the discussions.
Below my list of active Twitter chats are 15 sad, lonely defunct ones. Who knows? Maybe you’re just the writer to start one of these guys up again. Just do your research first to make sure it’s still inactive, and maybe reach out to the person who originally ran the hashtag and ask permission as a courtesy.
And if I’ve missed any chats, or you’re starting a new one, shout at me in the comments, and I’ll add it.
Active Twitter Chats List: For a better chat experience, try using www.tweetchat.com at the dates and times indicated below.
#AuthorConfessionChat Wednesdays 9-10pm ET with the theme of sharing about writing habits and projects hosted by @jjulienauthor and @jmsullivanbooks.
#BookMarket Thursdays 4-5pm ET hosted by @bookmarketingchat and @ClaudiaC.
#BoWriChat Every second Friday 8-9pm CT, the bored writers chat is hosted by @jeweleleonard.
#CreatureChat Wednesday chat regarding non-human characters in science fiction and fantasy 8-9 pm CT hosted by @OfTheWilds.
#FemalesInFantasy Saturdays 8-9pm ET hosted by @Brianna_daSilva.
#HappyWritingChat Sundays 1-2pm ET hosted by @happywriting1, new topics weekly.
#JustAddTea Sundays 11am-12pm CT hosted by @ellamays.
#KidLitArt Thursdays 9-10pm ET for children’s book authors & illustrators hosted by @kidlitart.
#KidLitChat Tuesdays 9-10pm ET hosted by @GregPincus and @BonnieAdamson.
#MagicMon Weekly fantasy writing chat hosted by @magicmonwords, @wordcaffeine, @abookbumble, @by_kayleigh and @slczouk. One source says it’s 7-10pm ET.
#SmutChat Every second Thursday 7-8pm CT hosted by @v_rheault
#StoryDam Writing and self publishing chat Thursdays 8-9pm ET hosted by @storydam.
#StorySocial Wednesdays 9-10pm ET hosted by @StorySocialChat.
#StrongWomenWrite First and third Wednesdays 7-8pm CT about strong female characters and the women who write them hosted by @strongwomenwrte and @ikhrys.
Inactive Twitter Chats List:
#FantasyChat (UPDATE: may be starting up again soon with new host!)
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What is your experience with Twitter chats? Talk to me in the comments below.