School for New Writers 4,523 members · 8,263 stories

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This group will never die, not so long as there is one fool left to teach new writers!

Welcome to the School for New Writers!

A community of over 3k members, and the largest author help group on Fimfiction.

Are you tired of getting your hard work trampled with dislikes? Are you a noob who is seriously considering writing a fanfic? Or are you an established author and simply looking for ways to improve your writing? Well, fret no more! If you are a writer in search of guidance and direction, then this is the group for you.

Writers of all skill levels are welcome. You'll find that our lectures are simple and easy to understand for those just starting out. Of course, authors with slightly more experience will also likely find ways to improve upon their own technique, along with resources and services such as story grading and reviews. Our work is entirely for your benefit.

Important Threads

Rules and Guidelines ~ Go here for a more in depth look at the inner workings of SFNW, because it makes our job easier if you know the rules. Repeated offenses will result in mild punishment and eventually banning.

School Directory ~ Our forum contains over 120 different threads. That makes this thread incredibly useful. It will usually get updated within the day.

A Few General Rules for the SFNW

All rules not stated here can be found in the Rules and Guidelines thread. Read them carefully, since they cover everything from thread posting and student behavior to contest rules.

1. This is a fairly relaxed group. However, this does not mean it is uncivilized. Please keep fighting to a minimum and at least attempt to follow our rules or you'll be banned and have your comments deleted by an Admin.

2. If you have a question, do not be afraid to ask a Professor/Contributor or a Professor/Admin in a PM or at our Study Hall.

3. Comments are to be used for commenting on the group's lectures or reasons stated in Rule 2. Comments such as "check out my story" will be deleted.

4. It's really unlikely you'll ever be banned from this group. You'd have to be trying to get banned. Still, comments can be deleted and/or a group administrator may say no to you. Bans are given for spamming, harassment (rule 1), and repeated rules violations.

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The Proofreader Group
If you are in need of an editor/proofreader or two, this group is the place to go. They have an extensive list of proofreaders willing to help with your story, and you get to pick and choose editors to PM based on a whole bunch of relevant information. Make sure to read their policies though. They are currently looking for fresh proofreaders who would be willing to join.
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Art for Fanfiction
This group is the principle group to go to when a writer needs an artist, or when an artist needs an outlet. If you'd like your story to have some cover art, you might have some luck asking one of the available artists here if you aren't artistic yourself.
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Authors Helping Authors
The giving and receiving of story reviews, by authors and for authors, is the primary purpose of this group. A great way to get more favs/likes, go here if you want to promote your story and receive feedback. Be prepared to give a few reviews yourself though.
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The Writer's Group
Would you like your story to have a second chance at the lime light? In this group they ASK you to shamelessly promote your story, by adding it to one of their many folders. They have an extensive forum for you to use as a bouncing board of ideas and/or cries for help.
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World-Building Alliance
This group is focused on... you guessed it. World Building. Its forum is filled with interesting and inspirational material. Go here if you want ideas about the world outside the nation of Equestria, or niggling details like "magic" or "politics". They have monthly group contests.
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At the "Writers and Reviewers Institute for Technical Excellence" Their stated goal is to get together the best of the best—an elite reviewing group who can take on any level of fic from first-timers to EqD-accepted authors. They are taking this claim quite seriously. Go here if you want a story reviewed.
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"We get to play God with our stories... And therein resides the hard work
of storytelling. Because, if you're playing God, you need to do it right."
- Larry Brooks

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Alright, so I've been an avid reader of this site for years now, and I finally got the nerve to put something out. The thing is, I'm trying to get honest opinions for a first time story and for input on how I can improve. I'd really appreciate it if anyone would look over what I've currently written and give me thoughts. I haven't had a single comment, have two downvotes and one upvote, but have yet to get any feedback.

Link here, any thoughts are much appreciated;

I have added I Am Not a Monster to the October 2018 folder. There is no danger; just anger featured. Thanks.

Scratch that. I'm not risking it being taken out of the folder by force; although I did imply the story to have no danger. I just don't want someone to read it and not agree with me.

I have finished writing my fanfic, it is in perfect Spanish (I am not a native speaker of English). But when I translate it into English, there are always some spelling mistakes. I would like someone to help me correct them.

Hi, everyone ^_^

im starting to write my first fic. its completely random and just for fun. someone tell me what i should do

Who else thinks "war" should be a tag in genre? It would narrow down search results for those who want to read a war story.

Hey, I've just started writing my story and would like you to judge for yourself what I'm doing right and wrong, what I could improve, and I'd like to ask you for some advices

Is it wrong to go into my first story, and not expect a ton of likes on it? I'm a new writter. At least on this site.

'tis a crusade on bad writing! You must defeat me in battle!

Comment posted by tyrannosaurianrex9 deleted May 26th, 2018

stop... using... three... dots... every... sentence

Comment posted by tyrannosaurianrex9 deleted May 26th, 2018

emojis are a sign of a lack of actual things to say

Comment posted by tyrannosaurianrex9 deleted May 26th, 2018


emojis are a sign of a lack of actual things to say

He edited the comment to make me look bad.

>Dislikes talking pieces of fiction
>is somehow xenophobic

Comment posted by tyrannosaurianrex9 deleted May 26th, 2018


proofread and edit the grammars

I'm new here a few months ago, and I was just wondering that if you would proofread and edit the grammars in my story because the dislikes are driving me nuts and I wanted feedback.

Here's the link of my story:

Hello, everyone. I just joined to this fantastic site and group. I'm writting an Equestria Girls fanfiction with an interesting plot I got inspired a few weeks ago. Hope you enjoy. The story is already posted in this group but I will also leave the link.

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