30+ Best FREE WordPress Themes for Writers (2020)

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If you are a writer, then having a blog can be your best decision to achieve your goals.

Not only you’ll be able to write consistently and get feedback to improve your writing, but it can also help you get book deals, build an audience to whom you can sell your products afterward, and so on.

Having a blog can be life-changing for you as a writer. After all, you are doing the thing that you want to do… writing.

But what about setting up your blog? It can seem like a mess trying to choose a theme for your blog. After all, the options are limitless.

And if you want a free theme (most of which are garbage), how can you find the one that you need or one that suits you?

Luckily for you, you don’t have to surf through 100s of themes to find the perfect one for you.

Here are 30+ of the best free themes that can suit your blog as a writer. All of them come with different features so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

So without further ado, let’s get started with the first free WordPress theme for writers.

1. GeneratePress

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GeneratePress took the WordPress community by a storm when it was first launched.

With over 200K active installations, GeneratePress has changed the landscape when it comes to providing high-quality free WordPress themes.

The reason it stands out is because of its focus on speed and usability. It adds just 15 kB to your page size after you install it. This means you get top-tier speed when compared to other themes.

It integrates nicely with the Gutenberg editor. It is also compatible with major page builders such as Elementor & Beaver Builder.

It includes microdata integration, 9 widget areas, 5 navigation locations, 5 sidebar layouts, navigation color presets, and more.

There is a premium version that comes with premium modules, but it is not necessary when you are just getting started. You can upgrade to it later. That is why I like to recommend this theme to almost everyone seeking a free theme that doesn’t lack much when compared to its premium version. And when you are ready, you can buy the premium one later on.

2. Astra

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Astra is another free WordPress theme that is optimized for speed which caused it to gain popularity so fast. It has over 700K active installations.

It is very lightweight (less than 50 kB), and it is highly optimized for SEO to give you that extra edge. It comes with schema.org code integrates, and it’s Native AMP ready.

It is highly compatible with most page builders including Elementor, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, and so on.

It integrates with popular plugins like WooCommerce.

You can get extra functionality with their premium addons, but the free version is more than enough to get you started. If you want more functions, you can get it.

It is a great option for writers.

3. Total

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Created by the team at Hash Themes, Total is a complete package theme as they call it.

It is dubbed as such for a reason. It comes packed with all the features that you need to have a complete website without purchasing a premium theme.

Although it may sound like an exaggeration — and I agree — but this theme is more than enough for most people to get started with their blog, especially writers.

It has a clean and elegant design with different color options that you can choose from. It has parallax sections added to it as well.

There is also a slider, featured section, about us section, portfolio section with masonry layout, testimonial section, blog section, and more that you can add to your homepage to create a powerful blog site without the need to have a page builder.

It is built on the customizer, so you can configure the website and see changes in real-time.

It is compatible with major plugins like WooCommerce and major page builders as Elementor, VisualComposer, and more.

It is a great theme to consider if you are just getting started with your blog as a writer.

4. Hueman

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Created by Nicolas Guillaume, Hueman is a great theme that can help you get started with your blog. It is great to help you increase traffic and engage with your visitors.

The design is clean with 2 sidebars, so you can add what you want in these bars.

It has a good loading time and is optimized for Google and mobile.

5. OceanWP

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OceanWP is a customizable theme that can be molded to suit your needs. It is already installed on 500K+ sites for a reason.

OceanWP is a lightweight theme and highly customizable theme that you can use to create any website. Having a site for you as a writer is easy with this theme. Whether you want to create a portfolio, blog, store or anything, this theme can help you get started.

You can edit the settings for tablet and mobile, so your site is optimized for every device.

It is compatible with most page builders including Elementor, Beaver Builder, Divi, and more.

It’s perfect for Elementor & WooCommerce.

You can check their multiple demos to know what I mean when I say you can mold it as you want.

6. Ashe

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Ashe is a free WordPress theme that can be used on single or multi-author blogs.

Created by the team at WP Royal, Ashe is a minimal & elegant theme that is optimized for mobile and search engines.

It comes with layouts that are perfect for a WooCommerce shop. It is a clean and modern design that is perfect to showcase your content on any device.

It is optimized for many popular plugins including popular page builders like Site Origin, Divi, and more.

There are extra features like Text & Image logo, fullscreen slider, header image, Instagram slider widget support, footer menu support, and more.

It is a great free theme to get you started with your blog.

7. Flash

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Flash is a free responsive theme created by the team at ThemeGrill.

It is a versatile theme that you can use for your blog as a writer. It comes with multiple pre-built demos which you can import in seconds using the ThemeGrill Demo Importer plugin. It is like getting multiple themes in one.

It fully integrates with Flash Toolkit, WooCommerce and SiteOrigin’s page builder plugins.

It comes with multiple layouts, multiple header styles, multiple color options and more.

8. Author

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Author is a free theme created by Ben Sibley that is created specifically to help authors gather an audience around their writing.

It is optimally designed for reading, that is why it is perfect for authors who want the perfect experience for their readers.

It is fast and responsive as well. The scripts are minified and conditionally loaded to maximize performance. The layout adapts to all screen sizes to provide the best experience on any device.

It comes with complete WooCommerce support, and it’s fully compatible with the Gutenberg editor.

It is a great theme for authors who just want to focus on writing more.

9. Hemingway

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Hemingway is a theme created for bloggers and writers which comes with a clean and beautiful design.

Created by Andres Noren, Hemingway comes with a responsive design, retina-ready assets, complete support to the Gutenberg editor, full-width header image with Parallax scrolling effect (not found on many themes), custom accent color, custom logo upload, page templates, and editor styles and more.

It is a simple theme that is packed with many features to help you get started right away and be able to customize it as you want.

And the white space is great for giving the best user experience and putting focus on your content.

10. Sentience

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Created by the team at CPO Themes, Sentience is a freemium theme that comes with a clean and minimalist design.

It is created specifically for bloggers and authors who want beautiful and uncluttered design. The theme has a “stripped down” layout that reduces things to the essentials while maintaining the features in top-notch websites.

You can publish content right out of the box on the homepage. You can also take advantage of various page templates to add different navigation links.

You have complete control of the layout. You can create a custom-tailored experience for each page.

It supports WooCommerce, uses custom shortcodes to create different elements to your design, allows you to change colors as you want, and more.

It is a great free theme to get started with.

11. MT Writer

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MT Writer is a free WordPress blog theme for bloggers and writers. It is created by the team at Mighty Themes.

It is an SEO-friendly blog theme that loads fast. It focuses on providing the best user experience for readers.

It comes with features like Gutenberg compatibility, estimated reading time, advanced typography, unlimited color options, and custom hero section.

Add to that 2 header layouts, back to top button, 10 different preloader styles, sidebar configuration, custom author box, and more. You’ll have a fully-functional blog perfect for authors to provide the best experience for their readers in no time.

12. Tracks

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Created by Ben Sibley, Tracks is a bold and beautiful theme that is perfect for blogs created by writers. As you can see from the design, it focuses more on the content of the post with little to no distractions due to its minimalist design.

It includes a logo uploader, 50+ social media icons, comment display controls, premium layouts, and more.

It is compatible with the Gutenberg editor, and it integrates with WooCommerce, so you can create an eCommerce store with ease.

13. Writee

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Created by the team at Scissor Themes, Writee is an elegant theme that is best suited for personal blogs, which is perfect for most writers.

It is fully responsive with 3 custom widgets, customizer options, full-width/boxed slider to showcase your content as you want.

It is translation ready as well.

The white space is great to put more focus on your content.

14. Write

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Created by Takao Utsumi, Write is created specifically for writers who want to focus on writing and place the focus on their content, so they provide great reading experience for their readers.

It is a minimal design with a lot of white space to provide the best user experience.

It is compatible with the Gutenberg editor.

It already has over 10K active installations, which is considered great for a niche theme like this and not created by a famous team.

15. Cali

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Cali is created by the team at aThemes. It is a flexible theme that looks gorgeous. Cali is a great blog for writers because it can help you showcase your writing pretty well.

It has a clean and easy-to-navigate design and solid code.

It is compatible with WooCommerce, so you can sell your products. The homepage carousel is a great way to display the latest blog posts in a good & fashionable way.

You can also customize it as you want with different variations of colors and font options.

It is perfect for most blogs that focus on images beside their writing. If that is what you want, then this theme is perfect for you.

16. Cenote

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Cenote is a beautifully designed & clean WordPress theme created by the team at ThemeGrill.

It comes packed with various demos to help you work around different purposes depending on what you need.

You can easily import any of these demos using the ThemeGrill Demo Importer plugin.

It is easy to set up this theme and get started.

16. Lovecraft

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Created by Andres Noren, Lovecraft is a two-column theme that looks beautiful and is perfect for writers.

It features a responsive design with great typography. It supports the Gutenberg editor, comes with a full-width header image that can be the featured thumbnail in posts/pages, custom accent color support, custom logo support, editor style support, recent posts, and recent comments widgets and a full-width template is available as well.

All in all, it is a great theme with a different style that may be exactly what you want as a writer.

17. Baskerville

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Baskerville was created by Anders Noren as well. It comes with a unique masonry layout that may be exactly what you want to showcase not only your written content but share favorite quotes, links, videos, images, and galleries.

It comes with features like responsive design, retina-ready assets, full-width header image, Gutenberg support, support for all post formats, custom logo uploaders, custom widgets, four-page templates, translation-ready code, and more.

It is a different design to the ones already displayed in this article. It may be exactly what you want if you want the blog page to look as you see with different quotes, posts, videos, and so on.

18. SiteOrigin Unwind

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Unwind is a modern theme created for creators, specifically writers, by the team at SiteOrigin.

With its white space, a clean typography and stunning posts slider, Unwind can be what you need for your blog to showcase your writing and build an audience around it.

Unwind integrates completely with WooCommerce. It has 4 header layouts and five blog layouts to customize the layout as you want.

It has extra features like full-screen search, smooth back to top button, integration with plugins like Jetpack Infinite scroll, page builder by Site Origin and more.

19. Type

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Created by Design Lab Themes, Type helps you build a professional blog or a magazine-like style blog with ease.

It has 4 header styles and 3 layout variations to help you have the right layout for your blog.

You have extra features like uploading a custom logo, the ability to create an impressive header image, showcase your featured posts, integration with WooCommerce plugin, and the ability to see a preview in real-time.

20. Juliet

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Juliet is a simple and elegant theme created by the team at LyraThemes.

It comes with 2 skins: a classic feminine look and a more contemporary minimalist look. It integrates with WooCommerce plugin to help you create your store.

It comes with a front page layout with a banner and featured posts. It has multiple widget areas, so you can set up the site as you want.

It comes with built-in menus, so you can display your social media presence, multiple blog feed layouts, text and image logo options, banner color overlay options, and more.

It has a clean and lightweight design that makes it perfect for for writers, especially females who want to emphasize the feminine part in their design.

21. Blog Way

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As you can see from the image, the Blog Way theme is more on the minimal side. Created by ProDesigns, Blog Way may be exactly what you need if you want to put more emphasis on the content using a lot of white space and minimal distractions.

You can change the color of the site with ease. Author profile widget is available/ WooCommerce integrations and more are packed in this theme.

22. BlogKori

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BlogKori is another minimalist design theme created by Tamal Anwar.

It can be perfect for personal blogs, photography blogs, or business bloggers. If you are a writer, it may be what you need.

It is built on the bootstrap framework, which means it is mobile responsive, lightweight and SEO friendly.

It is a clean theme with awesome typography that has a custom logo, header, custom background image, and more that can be customized in the theme customizer.

You can also change the default color scheme with ease.

It has extra features like drop-down menus, right sidebar area, threaded comments option, sticky post, and featured images that you can add with ease.

23. Wisteria

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Wisteria is a clean, modern design created by the team at WPFriendship.

It comes with a responsive layout, clean design, and straightforward functionality.

It is perfect for writers and freelancers and can be used for personal blogs, businesses, agencies, or corporate blogs.

24. Kokoro

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Kokoro is a responsive WordPress theme that looks good and retains its professional look due to its typography.

Created by ZThemes Studio, Kokoro has a lot of white space that places the focus on the content, which makes it a perfect fit for writers.

25. Bulan

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Bulan has a minimal and clean design that is easy to customize. It was created by the team at Theme Junkie.

It is perfect for personal and professional blogs. It is powered by the customizer which means you can customize it as you want in the customizer and see changes right away.

It works out of the box with Jetpack and Polylang. It provides 2 custom widgets; social icons and recent posts thumbnails, so you don’t need to install a plugin to do those things.

26. Barletta

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Created by the team at MoozThemes.

Barletta is a lightweight and elegantly-designed theme that can be used in any niche, including lifestyle, travel, personal, fashion and influencer blogs.

It is responsive since it was created on the versatile Bootstrap framework, making it SEO friendly and lightweight as well.

The theme is minimal, looks great and polished with its typography to make it perfect for writers.

It is optimized to work with popular plugins like WooCommerce, JetPack, Contact Form 7, MailChimp and others.

27. Brigsby

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Brigsby is a lightweight theme created by the team at WPHoot.

It is optimized for SEO and is responsive as well. It is perfect for writers, personal websites, and more. It is designed to look good while still keeping a minimalist design with a very flexible layout and different customization options to make it suit your needs.

It comes with featured image support and custom colors.

It is compatible with most major plugins including WooCommerce, Jetpack, Contact Form 7, page builders, and so on.

28. Azalea

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Azalea is a clean and elegant theme created by the team at Just Good Themes.

It is perfect for lifestyle, food or fashion blogs. It is great for writers because of its great-looking yet minimal design with a lot of white space.

It is 100% responsive, customizable and easy to use.

29. BlackLite

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Created by ZThemes Studio, BlackLiite is a responsive WordPress blog theme that has the perfect combination of being beautiful and professional.

As you can see, it is very minimal, but it is equipped with the right typography that makes it perfect for writers who want to place the emphasis on the content without making their blog look dull.

It is perfect if you want to build an audience around your blog without making your blog full of distractions that will move the emphasis away from your content.

30. Brilliant

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Brilliant has a beautful design that is simple and stylish at the best time. It is also created by the team at Design Lab Themes.

The theme includes options to quickly customize the site’s header, upload a custom logo, adjust the layout, change the accent colors, and more.

It is simple yet highly effective which makes it perfect for bloggers who don’t want their site to be completely minimalist as the previous design.

Conclusion

Having a blog as a writer may be the best decision that you make. Ask many, and they will tell you the same.

Having an audience is the best way to get book deals, earn a good living without begging publishers to publish your content, and take a cut of the revenue. You could even self-publish your blog which may be more financially rewarding than just going with a publisher if you have the right audience that will support you.

And if you are worried about getting started and set up your site, simply refer to the top 30+ Free WordPress themes that are curated to suit different needs while making sure that they are all of high quality and perfect for writers.

Tell me below which theme did you go with and why. Hoping to see your opinions.

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