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Great list of websites for writers.


There are tons of reference sites on the web that can help you land a job or write that poem, essay or story. Here is a list of the best 50 websites for writers.

Reference Websites

Merriam-Webster Online – Merriam Webster is the perfect place to look up words and find information. The site offers a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, podcasts, word games and a lot of other things that would be of interest to writers and word-lovers.

  • Bartleby – This site is great if you need a quote or if you want free access to dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, and other reference books.
  • High Beam Encyclopedia – This online encyclopedia is a reliable tool that allows you to search for answers in published reference sources like Britannica, Oxford University Press and Columbia Encyclopedia. Other site features include access to a library of more than 60 million articles and an online dictionary.
  • Google Books – This segment of Google is a handy place to find phrases, photos and book passages on nearly every topic imaginable.
  • Wikipedia – Although Wikipedia isn’t the most accurate resource out there–anyone on the Internet can edit entries–it is a great starting point and a fine place to ferret out accurate reference materials.
  • ChaCha – Have a question that you need answered now? This human powered search engine has 15,000 guides that help people nationwide.
  • Library of Congress – This U.S. government site offers access to an online library of books, manuscripts, letters, photos and other printed materials.
  • Project Gutenberg – This collaborative effort has produced a huge library of free books. There are currently more than 100,000 titles to choose from.
  • The Internet Public Library – IPL is a university founded public library with online reference books, newspapers, magazines and periodicals. Resources are reliable and easy to find using IPL’s searchable database.
  • Infoplease – This organization has been providing answers to questions since 1938. Their online presence is a great place to find encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and other reference materials.

 General Writing Websites 

  • Writer’s Digest – Probably one of the best all-around websites for writers, Writer’s Digest offers information on writing better and getting published. The site also includes community forums, blogs and huge lists of resources for writers.
  • Absolute Write – Absolute Write covers a wide range of topics and is a good resource for any writer. The thousands of pages on the site feature articles, interviews, classifieds, message boards and writing contests.
  • – This site is an online community for writers of all skill levels. Free memberships are available to everyone and include an online writing portfolio, writing tools, email services and the opportunity to engage other writers.
  • Fan Story – Submit your writing and get critiques from other writers in this online writing community–all genres are welcome.
  • Auto Crit – The AutoCrit Editing Wizard is a fantastic tool that automatically analyzes your manuscript and red flags errors, overused phrases, dull sentences and cliches.
  • The OWL – Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) has more than 200 high-quality grammar and writing resources.
  • SparkNotes Ultimate Style – The web’s ultimate guide to grammar provides a searchable database of topics and an easy-to-search A-Z list of common questions.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare – MIT offers dozens of free writing courses through their OpenCourseWare program. Course topics include short story writing, fiction writing, expository writing, technical writing, essay writing and poetry.
  • Literary Law Guide – The Literary Law Guide offers legal resources and copyright information that every writer should be familiar with.
  • The Publishing Law Center – This site provides important legal information for the writing community. Topics include copyright, licenses, trademarks, intellectual property and contracts.

 Fiction Writing Websites

  • –’s Guide to Fiction Writing provides general information about fiction writing and community forums for current and aspiring writers.
  • Poets and Writers – Poets and Writers is the largest non-profit organization serving creative writers. Their site is full of resources and provides information on everything from writing contests to job listings.
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America – The SFFWA, also known as the SFWA, is one of the most effective and widely recognized non-profit writers’ organizations in existence. Members have access to all sorts of publications and resources and benefit from the protection of the SFWA.
  • Writer’s FM – The only radio station created for writers by writers. Writer’s FM broadcasts 24 hours a day and features music, live interviews, podcasts and more.
  • NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month, known affectionately as NaNoWriMo, challenges writers to pen a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and November 31 each year. The site provides forums, articles and all kinds of motivators to help you get the work done.
  • Book-in-a-Week – This site is for ambitious people only. Book-in-a-Week encourages writers to write as much as possible during the first week of every month.
  • Novice Writers – Geared mainly towards beginning writers, this site welcomes everyone into their fold. Writers can submit original work and fan fiction, take part in contests and post in community forums.
  • Fifteen Minutes of Fiction – Great for the busy writer. Fifteen Minutes of Fiction asks writers to sit down for 15 minutes and write something–a poem, a story, etc.–to post to the site.
  • Creative Writing Prompts – Need inspiration? This site offers more than 300 ideas and writing prompts for fiction and journal writers.
  • Baby Names – Need a name for one of your characters? lets you search for names by gender, origin and letter.

 Nonfiction Writing Websites

  • Bella Online – This site offers a huge collection of resources for nonfiction writers.
  • George Mason University’s Nonfiction Universe – George Mason University provides resources for writers in all nonfiction genres.
  • Freelance Success – Freelance Success bills itself as the ultimate resource for established, professional nonfiction writers. Site features include practical advice, a newsletter, interviews with writers and editors, searchable databases, writing tools and networking groups.
  • Poynter Online – Poynter offers nearly everything you need to become a better journalist. The best site features include training, columns and job listings.
  • News University – Free training, articles, blogs and resources for current and aspiring journalists.
  • Teaching with Nonfiction – This Scholastic project covers the basics of writing nonfiction. This site is good for writers who want to teach and for those who are new to the craft.
  • Associated Content – Associated Content is an open content network that accepts nonfiction submissions from anyone. You can practice your craft, obtain writing credits for your resume and make a small bit of cash at the same time.
  • Brainy Quote – This website is the perfect place to find a good quote for your article or book. A database with multiple search features makes it fast and easy to find what you are looking for.
  • Bib Me – This fully automatic bibliography maker auto-fills and makes it easy to build a works cited page.
  • The Wayback Machine – Nonfiction writers need to dig deep to find old information. The Wayback Machine from the Internet Archive make it easier by offering access to more than 85 billion web pages that date back to 1996.

 Websites for Freelance Writers and Authors

  • Media Bistro – This site is one of the best places to find freelance jobs online. Other features include courses, forums and industry news.
  • About Freelance Writing – Freelance writer Anne Wayman provides articles, tips and forums to help writers hone their skills. Anne’s market listings are also a great way to find paying writing gigs.
  • Constant Content – Sell your work and name your price on this website. Constant Content takes a 35 percent commission and handles the transaction for you.
  • Freelance Writing Gigs – The site bills itself as the Internet’s #1 Freelance Writing Community and delivers on all it promises. Special features include job listings for writers and bloggers, interviews, a cover letter clinic and articles about freelance writing.
  • Agent Query – This amazing site offers the web’s largest (and most current) searchable database of literary agents, as well as information about agents, writing and publishing.
  • Agent Search – AR & E is an agent search site that provides a searchable database of agents, information about finding an agent and a section that verifies the record of an agent.
  • Funds for Writers – This online resource for writers offers information on grants, writing contests, awards, markets, available jobs and much more.
  • Freelance Writing Organization International – This reputable organization has one of the largest searchable databases of writing resources in the world. Other special features include writing jobs, free downloads, funds and grants for writers, portfolio listings and a reference library.
  • First Writer – First Writer is an indispensable resource for writers everywhere. The site provides a searchable database of book publishers, magazine publishers, literary agencies and writing competitions.
  • –’s Guide to Freelance Writing provides general information for freelance writers, forums and much more.


Brian M Logan