#amwriting is a hashtag on twitter that brings together tousands of writers on twitter into a sharing, supportive, creative community. Its highly informal origins have grown, thanks to the passion, tirelessness, and selflessness of Johanna Harness, into a flourishing creative community.
At last count, more than 2000 twitter members were using the #amwriting hashtag as a way of finding each other and sharing in the community. You can read what Johanna has to say about the community’s origins here.
But #amwriting goes way beyond twitter. There is an amwriters website, where, in rather the same manner of collaboration as Escape Into Life, Johanna adds writers’ profiles. So far there are almost 200 writers showcased there. If you are not there, do go and join the community (there are FAQs here).
There is even an amwriters store on Amazon, with links to books by the community’s members.
Let me finish with the following quotation from Johanna’s statement of the community’s philosophy. It’s a wonderful statement of wonderful ideals.
The primary vision for this directory flows from the goals of #amwriting: to support an inclusive community of writers on twitter. If you post to #amwriting, you are welcome to submit a bio to the directory. I don’t care if you write fiction or non-fiction, if you’re pre-published or published, if you’re traditionally or independently published, If you’re non-agented or agented, if you’re a blogger or a novelist or a reporter or a business writer. *Pausing here to gasp for air* I don’t care what you write or how you write it. I don’t care if you’re a planner or a pantster. I don’t care how much formal education you’ve completed. I don’t care how old you are or how long you’ve been writing, if you’re a newbie or a sage. You don’t have to prove your credentials to be included. You do, however, have to show up and write alongside other writers on twitter. You have to say, “Here I am. I’m writing too.” And we say “welcome.” That’s all there is. It’s what we do.