13+ Best Writers WordPress Themes

In today’s post, we will look at some of the best WordPress themes on offer all aim at passionate writers. Part of the criteria I looked at while selecting these templates are readability, clutter-free, minimalist and some of the themes I found had some fantastic features like estimating the time it will take to read an article. Because we are in the digital age where readers are visiting our sites for various device I have only included themes that are responsive to help future proof your site.

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This collection is suitable for writers, authors, columnist, storyteller, or bloggers to help you focus on what matters most which is your content. I have put a lot of time and effort to present to you the collection, so any feedback and support is highly appreciated without further ado here are the top WordPress themes for writers.


Entrepreneurship Theme by MyThemeShop

Entrepreneurship is an elegant theme with fluid scrolling to help give users a memorable experience. With the full-width post slider area, you can showcase some of your best writing. The combination of big and smaller images helps to break you the page for ease of use. Because this is a template from Mythemeshop you can expect fast loading, SEO ready and compatibility with some of their popular plugins. What’s also cool about this theme is the estimated read time feature that informs readers of the amount of time there are going to invest reading your article. Other noteworthy feature includes the mega menu allowing you to display more visually appealing information there. If you’re planning to write for an audience base non-English speaking, the Entrepreneurship as you covered as its translation-ready.

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Blank – Elegant and Minimalist WordPress Blog

Blank wordpress theme

Blank is a super clean template that comes translation ready. In my opinion I feel the header space is too big for this theme bus this can be fixed easily give CSS.
As you would expect, there are a huge empathize on the typography with access to over 600 Google font.

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OM – A stylish blogging theme for WordPress

Om theme

OM is one of my personal favourite of the minimalist writers orientated themes.I love the overlay effect on the featured images and the way the text is centered on it. OM come with three grid layout that is super had to choose from because they are all beautifully layout. You also get live customizer and a widgetized homepage to add a call to action if needed.

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Amadeus Pro

Amadeus Pro ThemeIsle WordPress Theme for Writers

Amadeus Pro is one of the latest Premium WordPress themes from ThemeIsle, and is geared towards writers and bloggers alike, making it incredibly versatile. This theme is clean and elegant, and comes packed with many standard features that will help you stand out from the competition, including custom theme widgets, many customizable color choices, a functional homepage slider, sub-header widget areas, and much more.

The theme costs $99, but don’t be fooled, when you buy one, you buy them all. That’s right, when you pay $99, you get access to all 20+ themes from ThemeIsle, making this a heck of a deal.

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Zillah Premium WordPress ThemeWhen evaluating the best WordPress themes for writers, ThemeIsle hit it out of the park with Amadeus Pro. So when they announced that they dropped another similar theme, we had to add it to the list.

Zillah is a clean and responsive theme designed solely for bloggers and writers, and shows a strong emphasis on content. ThemeIsle believes in this theme so much that they even built their entire blog using this theme. How’s that for a great example of a theme in the wild?

Matt Mahalo, author of The Path to Bliss, uses this theme for his main blog site, Vusa.co, and recently commented that he “loves the clean, modern vibe to the Zillah theme”.

This drag-and-drop theme is SEO friendly, optimized for speed, and comes packed with features that make your content stand out, including mega menus, easy content editing with their live customizer, and much more. If you’re a writer operating a WordPress site, this theme is definitely worth a look.

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The Writer

The Writer Themes

The writer theme is another great choice especially if you have a lot of image art to showcase to make for a more visual post. This theme makes for a great distraction free with all the unnecessary noise hidden. Another great feature you will be happy to here is that this theme as the Google authorship support built in although you cold add this manually.

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Social Blogger

Social Blogger

Social Blogger is one very unique theme. It provides a great blog interface, with excellent typography, great use of white space and an overall nice, user-friendly experience for readers.

But that’s not all. Social Blogger also allows you to build a community around your blog. This is great for anyone who wants to create a community for writers, or simply wants to engage with new members in writing stories for the blog.

Members also get their own profile and have the ability to write their own posts from within a clean and simple user interface inspired by popular content platform, Medium. Make sure you check this theme out in your search for WordPress themes for writers.

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Largo Theme

Largo Medium theme

Largo is definitely one to consider if you like medium.com which it is inspired by. What I think would have completed this template is if the guys at upthemes incorporate the estimated reading time of articles. Largo is perfect for storytellers which is great for those lengthy articles.

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Richmond theme

RICHMOND is a stunning child theme made for either the Genesis framework or thesis, so you would have to purchase one of those frameworks first. The great thing about this theme is that the framework it is based on is very powerful, so you get a lot of customization freedom. Both Genesis and Thesis is well known to be highly SEO optimized.

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Proof theme

PROOF like the Richmond theme is created by the same company, and it is also child theme that is made for either the Genesis framework or thesis. It as all the benefits mention on the Richmond theme but is designed slightly different. The main highlight of this theme for me is the full width featured image and the large typography that makes it reader friendly.

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Sixteen Nine Pro Theme

Sixteen Nine Theme

Six nine is create by StudioPress theme creators of the popular Genesis framework. I have seen my profession bloggers and public speakers use this theme and for good reasons too. It is simple easy to navigation but very modern at the same time, it also comes with two layout options.

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RAIN – Responsive WordPress Theme

RAIN theme

The Rain theme can be likened to a traditional book, it features a two column layout with a vibrant featured image on the left and your content on the right. The typography on this template is simply remarkable it is easy to read and is visually appealing also. Another interesting element of this theme is that it allows you to auto play music to your visitors that you may or may not find useful.

Bliss | Personal Minimalist WordPress Blog Theme

Bliss Personal Blog Theme

Bliss as a sleek flat design feel to it and would be great as a personal blog. What I like about this theme is the featured images and the layout of the archive page. Other features worth mentioning is the elegantly blended sharing buttons, sticky menus and authorship widget to show the writers o your site.

Raiden – A Minimal WordPress Theme with Style

Raiden theme

Radien could be one of interest it comes with many features such as an optional view mode switcher for day/might reading. This changes the sidebar from light to dark. If you like to create content in various formats then you will be happy to hear that this template supports Standard, Aside, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Video, Audio, Status and Chat formats. You also get access to Google fonts that can help you further bring the focus on your content.

Chita – Creative & Tasty, Retina Ready Blog Theme

Chita theme

If you want a theme that is slightly differently then, chita could be the template you were searching for. It is layed out in a timeline manner similar to Facebook profile display. This theme is retina ready meaning your visitors get to view your site at a higher resolution.

Journal – Elegant Responsive WordPress Blog Theme

Journal theme

Journal is another great choice for thoughts wanting to enhance their users reading experience. This theme as a unique which is the “Reader Mode” this then open the content in a pop-up window centres it to give a distraction free reading experience. Highlights of this theme is a range of custom widgets like Twitter, dribbble, popular reads and much more.

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  • Robert Issell
    Posted at 19:21h, 22 February Reply

    As a writer i will recommend for the rain theme.

    • Brian H
      Posted at 10:17h, 23 February Reply

      excellent choice my personal favorite is largo because it’s clean and very easy to navigate and read.

  • Jeanne
    Posted at 05:28h, 08 June Reply

    Thanks for sharing such a nice collection of WordPress themes. I really like your collection and I’m sure such themes will surely give an appealing look to related websites. Even, users may use WordPress theme generator, templatetoaster. It is a designing software that helps to design fully responsive themes in a lesser time. Users may may design variety of themes using such tools.

    • Brian H
      Posted at 00:45h, 16 November Reply

      Hey Jeanne,

      Thank you for visiting I am thrilled you found value in this roundup 🙂 They are all great themes, I am happy I don’t have to choose because they are all so good 🙂

  • Madars
    Posted at 14:24h, 23 November Reply

    Hey Brian, you missed “Longform” theme It is built for telling great stories and is compatible with Aesop Story Engine. And it is free.

  • B. Frances
    Posted at 01:36h, 23 April Reply

    Fantastic theme collection!
    I want to recommend you to have a look at Bloggers Lite WordPress theme. It is very clean, elegant and fully responsive free theme especially for personal bloggers, authors and writers. It has got many stunning features that can help you to create an eye-catchy website.

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