TheNextBigWriter, launched in 2005, combines a dynamic community of thousands of writers with tools, contests, classes, and communication to help members achieve their writing goals. By joining the site, you can:
Receive Feedback. Post your writing and receive feedback from other workshop members.
Discover and Learn from Others. Discover, read, and critique the in-progress writing of other members. Help them and learn from the process. Leaving feedback isn't hard and we'll help you.
Connect with Other Writers. Meet and connect with other writers to share information, tips, and make friends. Some have even found love amidst reading and reviewing.
Get Motivated. Enter contests and challenges like the Strongest Start Book Competition to keep you motivated to write and edit.
Keep Control. Posting on the site keeps your writing within our password environment. You can restrict it further or open it up to the entire Internet for more exposure if you choose.
After that, choose from one these three membership options:
Are you looking for more of a critique than you receive on other sites, where comments like 'KMU' or 'Nice job!' are the norm? Become a Member and use the site's point system to guarantee you receive high quality feedback. By reading and providing helpful reviews to other writers, members accumulate points which they can then use to post their own writing. This creates a dynamic in which everyone contributes and everyone receives substantive feedback. Membership comes with 7.5 free points which can be used to do an initial post without having to do any reviews. Become a member and see the type of feedback you receive. Read more about the Point system.
As a Premium Member you can enter writing contests sponsored by the site and also sponsored by other groups on the site. Once you join, there is no extra entry fee. For a list of our current contests, click here.
Interested in self-publishing your writing but don't have the money for a professional editor? Receive high-quality feedback from the site at a fraction of the cost of a professional editor. The feedback is so good and precise using our in-line editing tool that you may not need to hire an editor, saving you thousands. And because the feedback comes from multiple people, it provides more perspective than a one-person editing job.
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Site members have discounted first access to classes taught by writing and publishing experts. All classes are taught within our interactive Group Learning Environment. Current classes include:
Poetry, short story, business writing, and other classes will open for registration shortly, all taught by highly qualified instructors
According to an article in the NY Times entitled "Writing Your Way to Happiness", "studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory." The known benefits of writing run deep.
TheNextBigWriter will provide you with the feedback, motivation, and inspiration to keep writing!
Since the original site launched in 2005, members have given each other over 400,000 critiques which have helped thousands of authors refine and successfully publish their writing.
TheNextBigWriter has been such an important part of my journey to becoming a published author. In the years since I became a member, I have learned so much about writing and myself. Beyond the valuable feedback on my work, I have made some amazing friends who have pushed me further than I ever imagined possible."
- Angela Fristoe (penang), USA Today Bestselling Author
"I honestly don't know where I'd be as an author without tNBW. This international community of writers provides support in all aspects of the craft, from drafting that first novel or short story, to publishing and marketing. Members have access to diverse perspectives and areas of expertise, as well as the opportunity to interact with writers of all genres. I have met some of my best critique partners on tNBW, and have grown immensely as a writer thanks to the honest feedback I've received through the site."
- Karin Rita Gastreich, author of Eolyn, High Maga, and Creatures of Light.
"Just a quick note to tell you how much I am enjoying the site. I have only been a member for 3 weeks or so, but I have 50 reviews so far. I was a member of a local writers group for a couple years. It would've taken me a year or more to amass that many reviews! The quality and thoroughness of critiques I have received speaks to the quality of writers on the site - a big plus when putting your work out there for review. So glad I found this site. Members have improved my writing already and I have connected with writers from all over the world!""
"In the acknowledgements page of my novel, The Side Effect, I gave thanks for the help TheNextBigWriter gave me in workshopping the book. In my next published novel, The Flame, I acknowledged the TNBW writers by name who critiqued the entire story. I'm going to do the same for my next three novels, one of which, Skeleton Run (formerly Teammates), will be coming out in late spring/early summer of 2015. Two more are scheduled to follow during the next year."
- John DeBoer (jack the knife), author of The Side Effect and The Flame
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