Twelve Great Twitter Chats for Writers

Written by Nate Hoffelder

Nate has been helping people fix broken tech since 2010. He repairs and maintains Wordpress sites, and acts as a virtual IT department for authors. He also blogs about the Kindle and indie publishing. You may have heard his site, The Digital Reader, mentioned on news sites such as the NYTimes and Forbes.

With the pandemic having shut down most in-person events, we’re all looking for ways to connect with other writers online. One way you can do that is to participate in a Twitter chat.

A Twitter chat is a weekly or bi-weekly affair where a bunch of people use a hashtag to hold a conversation. The chats usually run about an hour, during which time everyone participating in the chat uses the hashtag and converses freely with anyone who shows up. They can be informative and a lot of fun, but they are also hard to find. You almost have to stumble across one by accident (seriously), so I thought it would be great to point you at a few of the Twitter chats I have found.

They are mostly clustered on Wednesday night at 8pm and 9pm eastern, but I do know of a few held at other times.

BTW, I would love to add more chats to my schedule, so if you know of one I missed, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

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#BookMarketingChat is held (every Wednesday evening at 9pm eastern) . It was created about four years ago to help writers learn how to market their books. It covers all manner of topics: social media, book marketing, book promotion, branding, publishing, and writing. There are expert interviewed most weeks.

#WriteStuff is held every Tuesday at 9pm eastern. Topics vary, but it’s mostly writers talk about writing. It’s not genre specific and publishing experience isn’t necessary. It gives writers a chance to commiserate with and learn from each other.

#WriteChat is held on Wednesdays at 8pm eastern. Each chat consists of three writing prompts slash questions that share a single theme. The questions relate to your writing style, WIP, main characters, and even the writer. All writers welcome & can answer questions anytime.

#WordMagicChat is held Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm eastern. From what I have seen it is less a chat than a collective writing sprint. It is described as a weekly chat for SF&F writers where they chat about the writing process, their WIPs, etc. It’s an opportunity for writers to meet one another & chat words.

#IndieAuthorChat is held on Wednesdays at 3pm eastern. It is organized by Alliance of Independent Authors, and usually consists of an expert interview, although of course everyone is invited to answer the questions based on their own experiences.

#WritersLifeChat is also held at 8pm eastern on Wednesday. I don’t know much about it. (This is a placeholder for when I learn more.)

#StoryDam is held at 8pm eastern on Thursdays. It is described as a friendly Twitter writing community which offers support & camaraderie through daily check-ins & a weekly chat which has been going on since 2011. All writers are welcome.

#WriteandWine is a writing and mental health chat that meets at 8:30pm eastern on Fridays. We chat mostly about writing-related topics, but every third Friday is reserved for a monthly mental health check-in!

#NeverWriteAlone is a bi-weekly writer’s chat. It is held on Sundays at 9pm eastern. Host Anne Meick shares tips on writing and publishing. Writers are welcome to participate and write alongside other authors and learn at the same time.

#JustAddTea is held at noon eastern on Sundays. #StorySocial and #PubChat are held at 9pm eastern on Wednesday. I don’t know much about them.

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Do you know of other Twitter chats I should add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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