Best Sites for Budding Writers

Looking for grammar tips, writing help, to improve your vocabulary or just encouragement from like-minded scribes? We’ve picked helpful websites for anyone who wants to write better. Release the writer in you. Next step, Booker Prize.


Want to zoom right into that creative zone, lock yourself in your garret and just be absorbed with inspiration? Then this is your site. Writer’s Digest is a handy resource for any budding writer. The site is made up of blogs, community forums, writing tips, creative writing prompts and guidelines to getting published.


This is one for the snapchat brigade. The Young Writers Society is an online social network for young people aged 13-25 years to share their creative works. This global members-only community for young writers is run by volunteers. Every day teen members contribute literary works, reviews and forum posts; special mention to Homework Help, About the Authors and Book Reviews. Look out for the usernames in green font; they are the moderators who mentor young writers and foster artistic growth.


Do you like Sci-Fi; are you up for a challenge? Want to take a professional turn in your writing career? Log on to the website SFWA (that’s short for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America). Enjoy scientific facts allied to your chosen path so your brain cogs can dream up that galactic trip to the moon. SFWA is an organisation for published authors and industry professionals in the fields of fantasy and science fiction.


The Young Writers Project is a youth-led online community encouraging young people to take risks, gain confidence and publish their writings. It depends on donations to keep going. Projects range from writing on the most current events to radio and poetry. There are loads to get you writing, from a six-word short story, through to general discussions and practice aids to get you writing more. Who knows, the next best seller might be right at your fingertips.


Struggling to put pen to paper? Write It Sideways offers guidance on how to get over writers block and well, just do more writing. It offers an insight on how to succeed in writing competitions, and the best ways to end a story. Each section has a professional who contributes to helping you become a better writer. Learn how to increase productivity, learn new skills and prepare for publication.


With a sophisticated range of writing from academic, to exotic, to business and beyond, this site has it all. The site sponsors four annual competitions for sports writing, fiction and poetry. Winning Writers also offers critiques on poetry as well as giving good general advice for budding writers everywhere.


Wattpad is the place to go to online to share your stories. It's the largest writing community in the world, so if you want to gain an audience as well as feedback, this is the site to join. It's seriously good for building a readership, and over 500 of the site's writers have reached a whopping million reads! We love it because it's free - and because noted authors like Margaret Atwood use it.

Updated January 2017