Literatum is a cool theme with a look similar to Medium.com. That means a large post title laid over a beautiful fullscreen image, followed by a single column layout. The typography is beautifully set and creates a dark, slick feel coupled with the image overlay.
Literatum also has a handful of special features for a content-based site. For instance, there is a reading time indicator based on the length of the post. There’s also a special “interview” format you can use to transform any post into a web interview.
GraceUnderPressure is, as its creators describe it, “a WordPress blog theme for true writers.”
Five layout styles are available, though my favorite is the “Journal” option which is featured above. This theme looks like a book, making it the perfect place to display stories and novels online. It balances images with text very well making for an optimal reading experience.
GraceUnderPressure is also notable for its responsive design, touch optimization, beautiful selection of photos, and custom typography.
If you’re writing about food or any cooking-related topics, you’ve got to give Foodie Pro a chance.
This minimalist theme has an aesthetic like all the popular food blogs on the web. From the moment you activate it, Foodie Pro will have your site looking like Pinch of Yum and other superstar food blogs. The design is straightforward and clean, so your images and writing will stand out.
As a StudioPress theme, Foodie Pro comes with a similar set of features as Modern Studio and Magazine Pro. You’ll find a customizable header image, multiple widget areas, and plenty of page templates to choose from.
Modern Studio is a crisp, minimalist theme for writers.
You’ll notice right away it has plenty of whitespace which makes it easy for visitors to concentrate on your writing. The characters-per-line are managed carefully to keep the content very readable, and for legibility, the “Lato” sans-serif font is used. The high x-height makes it easy to read at any size and on any device.
Modern Studio includes a sidebar for featuring a newsletter signup form, social media profiles, and anything else you may want to promote on the site. There are even page templates for creating a custom landing page.
Another simple, clean theme, Forte draws readers in right away with a large featured image. While its design focuses mainly on writing, bloggers with excellent photos will make great use of this theme.
Advanced customization tools enable you to make this theme your own. An impressive selection of layouts and styles, paired with advanced visual and technical control, are highlights of this theme.
Additional features that help Forte stick out from the pack include email subscriber compatibility, responsive design, beautiful video backgrounds, and advanced integration with Restrict Content Pro.
Magazine Pro is a simple and clean theme for publishers. It works equally well for publishing blog posts on occasion, or posting multiple articles a day.
This theme is fully responsive, so it looks great on mobile devices and laptops alike. It comes with custom widgets, and all the page templates you’ll need to setup pages on your site. Magazine Pro also has WooCommerce integration which means you can add an online store to your site.
While note hugely flexible, Magazine Pro comes with a decent set of features, and you likely won’t be looking for anything more with this blogging theme.
All ten WordPress themes for writers displayed above are incredibly stylish, easy to use, and responsive. You can’t go wrong with any theme on this list.
As a category, writing themes aren’t especially feature-rich, so you won’t need to compare much on functionality. Go with the theme that has an aesthetic and layout most conducive to your work, and it’s sure to be a great fit.