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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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stares blankly at the empty spot

"Damn! Should have pounced him when he I had the chance!"

AHHH! teleports away


Hold still now *grabs a large net* this is for you're own good! Next stop! Ponyville.

Eee! blushes n-noooo!


Huh, I think I just found fluttershies long lost sibling.

excuse me... i would like to have feedback on a story i am writing it is only halfway done right now and i am still refining chapter 1 and chapter 6 so they are still quite rough(the prologue was written only after i published chapter 6 so i am rewriting the story to accommodate the new information introduced in the prologue just for continuity) this is my first story so i hope it is good
the early access password is "Equine After All"

Hello. Name's Super Saiyan D, I'm into action and crossover stories. I'm working to make my current story, Break the Walls Down, one of the premier Sonic/MLP crossover around here. Any thematic, structural, or other constructive criticisms I can use to make my stories as good as possible are welcome.

H-Hi... I've b-been looking f-for groups to help with my writing. M-my friends have been helping for the l-last few weeks but they've been b-busy.. I'm working on a s-story, a crossover between My L-Little Pony and Far Cry 5. I d-don't know if it's me o-or not but I feel l-like I'm rushing it. If you're willing to help this s-stupid stallion, I'll be grateful.

Uhm... hi... I’ve recently joined this group, I need some help on my writing. I have problems on sentences and some spelling. I do have an editor, however he’s busy, and has other things to do.


I'm Midnight_Sparkle
The story is Called The Human Girls
The pass word is JH

I am currently working on a super hero(ish) story. I am looking for some one who is good at knowing if such a scene will play out good or bad from a story telling perspective. The story takes inspiration from much of the batman franchise like the animated series, arkham, and a few others. I am also working hard to maintain the tags I have set for the story. However, the one tag I am having an issue trying to keep steady is slice of life.

If you feel like you are up for the task please feel free to PM me or comment on my profile and we can pick up from there!

I need an editor. Some one that will keep the fire lit and help me with spelling and ideas. Of anyone is willing or can point me in the right direction... It would be appreciated. Just P.M me with the info

Umm, I don't meant to intrude but, if someone would be kind enough to read my story I would be grateful. You don't have to like it or anything, unless you want to, but maybe a comment or how would be nice. I tried really hard but hoping will give me the time of day.
I'm just going to drop a link, if that's alright.

Could you ban me, by any chance? Just for s temporary measure. Because I've never been banned.

Hey can someone answer my question. Does this group allow for sharing stories not mlp related, and if not are there any groups around that do? A buddy of mine is looking for some feedback on his story, and I wanted to direct him to a group that could help.

Hello! How do i add a story to one of the folders?

Knocks on a door Hello, I just joined in the group to get some help in learning how to write my own story. It got understandably negative comments as, and this is me being honest, it is a piece of slag-ridden iron that needs a serious facelift. I hope to hear back from an admin, professor or The Dean soon. Thanks for your time and have a wonderful day.

excuse me I really need some help with a story I'm working on I thought I would be free to write in my own style but then I realized that the rules are rather strict and because I have trouble following rules(I tend to be kind of a rebel) I want my story published but I am afraid it wont get through moderation so is there any way someone(or somepony if you prefer that term) could help? one important thing in my story is color coded dialogue as the "new speaker new paragraph" rule is just a nuisance to my story as It just wastes space so I give each character their color to easily tell them apart I read the rules and sorting this story is going to be an absolute NIGHTMARE my story is at its first of ten chapters and it is currently 6k words long so this is gonna be a pain in the ass so if I color code the dialogue does that cancel out the new speaker new paragraph rule or what? because if I adhere solidly to that my first chapter would have A MILLION paragraphs as speech is quite common and it is my first story after all and some paragraphs are like 13 sentences long as they use a lot of description of surroundings and actions down to some minute details so how would I have somepony help me sort out this clusterf*ck?

Hello, I joined this group cause I want to be a writer. But my writing seems to be (choppy). What I mean is that in paragraph 1 I talk about 1-3 subjects making it sound bad and very unprofessional.

Because of this I escaped to the poem world but eh. I want to write awesome stories.
(just joined this site today)

greetings, I was wondering if there are any proof readers and editors in this school?

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