20 Inspiring Forums for Creative Writers

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Online forums are excellent places for creative writers to discuss their passions, publish their work and get free feedback from other people who enjoy putting pen to paper. Here is a list of 20 forums that offer help and inspiration for fiction writers, essayists, poets, screenwriters, journalists and other types of creative writers.
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Forums for Every Writer

  • Writing.com - Writing.com is an enormous online writing community for writers of all levels and genres. Each free membership includes an online writing portfolio, email services and several writing tools.
  • Writer's Digest Forum - Like the Writer's Digest site, the Writer's Digest Forum provides a wealth of resources for writers wanting to hone their craft.
  • My Writer's Circle - This free writing forum has multiple boards devoted to prose, poetry and scripts. Users can discuss writing, meet like-minded people and get their work reviewed.
  • WritingForums.org - This growing writing community holds frequent writing contests and provides a place for creative writers to discuss their work and be critiqued by other writers.
  • The Next Big Writer - The Next Big Writer provides forums for creative non-fiction writers, fiction writers and poets of all genres. Members can join a writing group or fly solo on the forum.

Fiction Forums

  • LegendFire - LegendFire is an online writing community for creative writers who want to share work, get feedback and meet other authors.
  • NaNoWriMo - This writing forum was created for scribes who like to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) Writers can find discarded plots, help with writing problems and encouragement from other creative writers.
  • About Fiction Writing - Geared specifically toward fiction writers, this About.com forum provides a place to discuss writing, share work, get writing tips and find advice on publishing.
  • Book Glutton - Book Glutton is a unique site for readers and writers who want to immerse themselves in fiction, discuss various authors and find other people who enjoy reading and writing.

Poetry Forums

  • AllPoetry - AllPoetry is the world's largest and most active poetry forum. It hosts frequent contests and allows poets to publish their poetry online and get feedback from other writers.
  • Poets and Writers Speakeasy - The Poets and Writers Speakeasy is an active forum for poets and non-fiction writers. Members can discuss their writing lives, meet other writers, learn about grants and contests, and discover conferences and retreats.
  • Poets.org - This Academy of American Poets forum welcomes poets of all levels. Users can discuss poetry, share work, find writing prompts and see lists of upcoming poetry events.
  • Every Poet's Poetry Free-for-All - This forum is part community, part poetry workshop. Users can post poetry and get critiques from other members.
  • The Poet Sanctuary - The Poet Sanctuary has a membership of nearly 40,000 poets. The forum welcomes poems of all kinds and constructive poetry critiques.

Screenwriting Forums

  • Screenwriting Forum - Associated with the Screenwriting Goldmine website, this free forum hosts tons of discussions on everything from writing a script to selling an end product.
  • IndieTalk - IndieTalk is a popular filmmaking community that welcomes screenwriters and independent filmmakers at all levels.
  • Screenplay.com Forums - This small forum for screenwriters was founded by Write Brothers Inc., a company that creates screenwriting software.

Miscellaneous Writing Forums

  • Poynter Online - Poynter Online is a great place for journalists. The site hosts forums, regular chats, seminars, job boards and many other resources for reporters
  • FanFiction.net - The forums at FanFiction.net are perfect for writers who like to dabble in fan fiction. The forums welcome discussions about reading, writing, plotting, characterization and much more.
  • WritersNet Literary Agent Forums - The Literary Agents forum at WritersNet is the place for writers who want to learn more about agents and get feedback on queries.

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    1. Johns Hopkins University

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    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Science Writing
      • Master of Arts in Communication
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Science Writing
      • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication
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    2. Saint John's University

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      • Ph.D. in Literacy
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
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    3. American University

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    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
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    4. Purdue University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Communication
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management
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    5. Saint Joseph's University

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    Certificate
      • Wilson Reading System Certification
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    6. Queens University of Charlotte

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    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication - General
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Undecided
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    7. Penn Foster High School

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    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
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    8. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MEd - Reading Education
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    9. Southern New Hampshire University

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    Master's
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Fiction
      • MA in English and Creative Writing
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Nonfiction
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Poetry
      • MA in English
      • MA in Communication
    Bachelor's
      • BA in Creative Writing - Screenwriting
      • BA in Creative Writing - Poetry
      • BA in Creative Writing - Fiction Writing
      • BA in Creative Writing & English
      • BA in Creative Writing - Nonfiction Writing
      • BA in Communication - Professional Writing
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    10. Full Sail University

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      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Arts in Science Writing
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Certificate in Science Writing
  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication

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Saint John's University

  • Ph.D. in Literacy
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education

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American University

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration

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Purdue University

  • Master of Science in Communication
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management

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Saint Joseph's University

  • Wilson Reading System Certification

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Queens University of Charlotte

  • Master of Arts in Communication - General
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration
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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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Northcentral University

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