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The best premium WordPress themes for writers

Becoming a great writer is something that takes time, patience, and a lot of hard work. As someone who is looking to become a genius, you probably want to know how to do that as efficiently as possible.

Well, tough luck.

Creating good writing is very hard and most people can’t do it. There. It had to be said. Moving on!

[wpsm_ads2 float=”right”]Let’s say you’ve got some quality writing that you really want to create and showcase to the world. You could slap it onto a basic site like WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, or Medium but none of those platforms really let you take total artistic control over how your work appears. Of all the options just listed, Medium is probably your best bet for this. However, even that platform is quite limited in terms of overall design and add-ons you can incorporate. Want to build up a newsletter, run an advertisement, embed your post elsewhere? Sorry.

What you need is an easy-to-use solution that lets you turn your quality writing into something beautiful and useful. That’s where the Daily Genius staff comes in. We love WordPress and have curated an incredibly useful list of the best premium WordPress themes for writers available. If you’re a writer or just looking to grow your blog audience, check out these options. You’ll be glad you did.

Without further babbling, let’s move onto the meat of this post. The best themes that are great for writers, bloggers, and anyone else who wants to put their writing front and center.

Note: we are using some affiliate links in this post which mean we get a small percentage of any money you spend on these themes. You don’t pay anything extra and there’s of course no obligation to buy anything. We like these themes even if there wasn’t money involved!

Criteria For Choosing The Best Premium WordPress Themes For Writers

We didn’t just pick these themes at random. Each has been selected for being easy on the eyes and easy to manipulate. In other words, you can rest assured each theme is simple to install and turn into the demo version you see below or up in the gallery.

A quick note: we use the word ‘premium’ to signal that these are paid (not free) themes. Most are quite affordable at a $40-$50 one-time fee. There are certainly some decent free WordPress themes for writers but that’s not the focus of this article. We’ll be bringing you free options soon so stay tuned!

The below themes are in no particular order.

1) Fable – The Simple But Customizable Design

fable wordpress theme

Fable is a beautiful and little-used theme. As someone who has downloaded, tested, and installed a ton of Elegant Themes (the developer of Fable), I can tell you it’s one of the easier ways to go. You get Fable if you become a member. That costs $69 a year which is not too shabby considering most themes on major marketplaces are around $50 or $60. With the Elegant Themes subscription, you get access to all 87+ themes.

2) Centurion – For Writers Who Need More Than Words


Do you want to simply add a touch of color to your text? The Centurion theme is one of the cheapest – but most powerful – premium WordPress themes on Themeforest right now. It lets you have a handy grid-based layout (like Pinterest) but also makes for a very content-first approach. What caught my eye was the simple and effective way to add in nifty backgrounds. You can make the site look anyway you want with just this one feature!

3) Divi – For The Tech-Savvy Writer

divi theme

Divi is one of those themes that offers you everything AND the kitchen sink. You can do just about anything and don’t need to know a lick of code. It’s all drag-and-drop but you have to want to learn how it all fits together. That’s why we’re calling this one a great theme for writers who are tech-savvy. If that’s you, check out the Divi theme and start tinkering! It’ll cost the price of a yearly $69 subscription that you can cancel anytime.

4) My Note – Show Off Your Ugly Mug With Your Writing


Ever thought that your writing could use a little more, well, you? This is the theme for you. My Note shows your face (or any image you want, really) at the top of the site and then rolls through your latest writing. The theme lets you add in a background featured image which can be great for conveying some emotion prior to anyone actually reading your post. It has infinite scroll which means you never have to click ‘view more posts’ or something like that. Add in the fact that it’s incredibly easy to use and just $43 and you’ve got yourself a great theme to try out!

5) Reply – The Simplest Content-First WordPress Theme We Love


The Reply theme is amazing. It takes an almost Apple-esque approach to simple style. Don’t expect a ton of distracting add-ons and instead check out just how focused the reader will be on what you’re actually writing. It’s a great theme for writers of any age. Simple to use, set up, and share. I’d recommend using this theme if you already have a bunch of content that’s ready to go. Perhaps it’s from another blog or from some homework you’ve done. Either way, give this theme a look and enhance your online presence.

What’d We Miss?

What are your favorite WordPress themes that can be used to showcase writing? Add them on the Daily Genius Facebook page or by mentioning @DailyGenius on Twitter!

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  • Caitlin R. Simpson Nov 27,2014 at 10:56 pm

    Divi – For The Tech-Savvy Writer is my favorite theme but i am facing the problem to customize it. Can you help me out here to edit? I have a wonderful site in pipe to put live. Kindly help me out urgently. Thanks

    • Jeff Dunn Nov 28,2014 at 12:16 pm

      I can certainly try! What kind of problems are you having? I’m obviously not the designer but know a thing or two about WordPress…

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