Do you feel overwhelmed by large communities?

Some people love big forums, but for others, interacting with a crowd can be daunting.

Here at Story Embers, we believe that a small group of like-minded people is an asset to aspiring storytellers. The Inklings made Lewis & Tolkien great, after all.

What if you could join your own tight-knit community of storytellers?


How the Guilds Work

Guilds are private sub-groups of our main forum containing 10 to 30 fellow storytellers.

Each Guild is led by one of our terrific Guild Masters and includes opportunities to…

  • Receive encouragement and accountability
  • Get your writing critiqued
  • Participate in fun writing competitions between Guilds
  • Build deeper friendships with other writers
  • And more!

Every Guild focuses on a specific theme each year with a new discussion thread every week so you can hone your skills in that particular area.


How to Join

Ready to jump into a Guild? Just follow these simple steps!

  1. Apply to join the general forum by filling out the application below.
  2. Once you get approved for the general forum, fill out this survey to apply for a writers Guild. Alternately, fill out this survey to apply to join an art Guild.
  3. Be patient. We normally only add members to Guilds at the beginning of each month, so it may be a couple weeks before we assign you to a Guild.
  4. Once our Guild enlistment period opens at the beginning of the month, we’ll assign you to a Guild and you’ll get to meet your new like-minded friends!

Forum Application

Fill out the form to apply for a forum account. We should respond within 4 days. If more than 4 days have passed and you haven’t heard from us, please email

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