Because I might as well make this worth something now that's it's up--here are my recommended online communities for writers!
For younger writers, I highly recommend the Scholastic Write It! boards. This is the community that essentially raised me as an author. I'm still very close friends with a lot of the people on/alumni of the boards, though I no longer traverse the site. These boards are heavily moderated for safety purposes by a very nice mod named Bronwen. Give it a whirl!
The community I'm currently in is the Figment writing community. I'm not as invested in this community, but it's a good place for writers to network and post some of their work.
However, it is severely biased towards shorter pieces, so poets and short story writers would do better here. It's also unmoderated, although you can flag posts. I also consider the contests to be bunk, but that's a personal thought. It is definitely a good place to find fun content to read!
Finally, there's NaNoWriMo, which, besides being a community, is also a contest/objective. National Novel Writing Month in long hand, NaNoWriMo is a sponsored challenge in November to write a novel/reach a word goal in that one month. There are two websites, the adult and the youth. Both have vibrant communities, and either way the challenge is hugely fun and something to be proud of. I've won NaNoWriMo three times now, and I do recommend it.
So check 'em out, and have fun in your writing journey!
Pictures via Scholastic and NaNoWriMo.
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