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 20 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.
#BookMarket Thursdays 4-5 pm ET hosted by @bookmarketingchat and @ClaudiaC.
#CreatureChat Wednesday chat regarding non-human characters in science fiction and fantasy 8-9 pm CT hosted by @OfTheWilds.
#JustAddTea Sundays 11am-12pm CT hosted by @ellamays.
#KidLitArt Thursdays 9-10 pm ET for children’s book authors & illustrators hosted by @kidlitart.
#KidLitChat Tuesdays 9-10 pm ET hosted by @GregPincus and @BonnieAdamson.
#StoryDam Writing and self publishing chat Thursdays 8-9 pm ET hosted by @storydam.
#StorySocial Wednesdays 9-10 pm ET hosted by @StorySocialChat.
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.