Our online writing workshops allow you to study what you want with some of today's best authors

LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.

Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.

Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)

What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.

How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.

Got more questions? Click here for an extended FAQ.

And click here to explore a sample class that shows our layout and features.

"Tremendous insight into the fundamentals of storytelling, the often complex foundations upon which stories either succeed or are forgotten. "
- Jim M., on Fundamentals of Short Fiction

"This intensive has been a turning point for my writing. A price cannot be put on the knowledge and confidence I've come away with."
- Gary L., on 200 Proof Storytelling

"Holiday's class gave me the tools to build a daily writing practice which allows me to further delve into my creativity. Her generosity and knowledge made this class both challenging and fun."
- Chi L., on Embracing the Practice

"Joe Nassise guided me from a Word document to a published eBook on various platforms which sold close to 40 copies within its first week. His lectures and hands on approach to the class made the technical portions easy to understand."
- K.A., on How to Format, Package & Self-Publish Your eBook

"Taking this class was the most rewarding and beneficial thing I have done for my writing career. The opportunity to learn from Mandy Hubbard, an agent and author, was priceless. Thank you to Mandy and LitReactor for such an awesome experience."
- Laura K., on Selling the Young Adult Novel

"Bree is a wonderful instructor, delivering great insights into graphic novel publishing [Bree's other LitReactor course] with wisdom and scissor-sharp wit. Take this course right now!"
- Sterling G., on Intro to Writing Graphic Novels

"Seductive Beginnings is an insightful and inspiring class. I shared work with a skilled set of writers and received feedback that helped me solve structural issues in the piece I submitted."
- Eli F., on Seductive Beginnings

"The course is intense and requires a lot of hard work, but it is most certainly worth it. I recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their writing, because no matter where your interests lie, there are plenty of valuable lessons to be garnered from Lidia's teaching."
- Ben K., on Age of Immersion

 

Check out our upcoming online writing classes

Writing the Weird with JS Breukelaar

In this four-week workshop, you'll work with JS Breukelaar to create characters, structures, and settings that defy convention and push you into unfamiliar—and daring—territory.

Publish or Perish with Tobias Carroll

Fiction magazine editors aren't normal readers—so what are they looking for? Tobias Caroll, managing editor of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, is here to tell you in this two-week course.

The Scene with Wally Rudolph

This four-week workshop will focus on the mechanics of scene writing, drawing from a cross-section of genres and mediums—from playwriting to literary fiction to screenwriting.

Become a God with Delilah S. Dawson

In this four-week workshop, learn to build a living, breathing, fantastical world—with real rules, real stakes, and real mechanics.

Short Story Mechanics with Richard Thomas

In two weeks, Richard Thomas will help you nail the mechanics of the short story. Perfect if you're a beginner, but anyone who wants to do some serious, fast-and-furious writing is welcome.

Polish & Publish Your Personal Essay with Chloe Caldwell

Want to learn how to write effective personal essays and place them for publication? Then check out this four-week workshop with Chloe Caldwell!

Bestseller Bootcamp with Ania Ahlborn

Writing a novel is like climbing a mountain—without a clear path, you'll find it's riddled with pitfalls. You need a plan. Bestselling author Ania Ahlborn is here to help in this four-week workshop.

Planting the Clues with Joe Clifford

To write a mystery that grips your reader, you need to know your ending and plant your clues in the right places. Author and editor Joe Clifford shows you how it's done in this four-week workshop.

Funny Pages with Patrick Wensink

You have a natural sense of humor, even if you don't realize it. It's hard to bring it out in your writing—so let novelist and comedian Patrick Wensink show you how to bring the funny.

Writing From Your Queer Heart with Cooper Lee Bombardier

Explore new ways of thinking about your characters, and dig deep into your own identity, in this four-week class with writer, artist, performer and teacher Cooper Lee Bombardier.

Bizarro Fiction 101 with J. David Osborne

Think Bizarro is just weird for the sake of weird? Think again. Learn to utilize weird elements to engage the reader in this four-week workshop with J. David Osborne.

Write What You Fear with Gemma Files

Personal experience is the grit from which horror's most resonant pearls are grown. Get to the root of what scares you and produce a submission-ready story in this three-week workshop.

Pre-Nano Bootcamp with Suzy Vitello

Gear up for NaNoWriMo, and be entered to win a full manuscript critique, from Suzy Vitello—acclaimed author, writing coach, and den mother of Portland's hottest writing group.

The Choreography of Violence with John Skipp

Want to write great fights, chases, deaths, and escapes? Exciting, powerful encounters that leap off the page? No matter your style or genre, John Skipp will show you how.

Grammar & Style: Ten Days to Nail the Basics with Taylor Houston

A ten-day crash course in the basics of grammar and style (i.e. all that stuff you've forgotten from school), so you can build the foundation for solid, professional writing.

Trim the Fat with Richard Thomas

In this two-week workshop, Richard Thomas will teach you how to edit your work like a surgeon—to kill your darlings, trim the fat, and leave only the best bits of the story behind.

The Craft of Character II with David Corbett

Dive deeper into the beating heart of your characters with acclaimed author David Corbett, in the newest iteration of his hit four-week writing workshop.

Going Dark with Benjamin Whitmer

Learn how going to the edge of your comfort zone and getting a little dark can illuminate your writing in this four-week writing workshop.

Gutter Opera with D. Foy

An amalgam of principles, techniques, strategies, and perspectives deployed singly and in unison to achieve a vision that couldn’t otherwise be achieved. Therein lies the heart of gutter opera.

The Architecture of Fiction with Nick Mamatas

Where do you start? Where are you going? How do you get there? Answer those questions in this four-week workshop with author Nick Mamatas.

Splash Page with Alex Segura

Got a brilliant idea for a comic book? Don't know what to do with it? Let Alex Segura—novelist, writer, and editor at Archie and Dark Circle Comics—school you on pitching in this two week class.

Testimonials from some folks you might recognize

“LitReactor has built a community of writers who gain confidence from one another’s victories and learn from each other’s mistakes. In LitReactor’s programs, students get access to the skills and experience of brilliant, professional storytellers. A dedicated student who pays attention will flourish. This is the boot camp of writing. LitReactor is all the coaching you need."
- Chuck Palahniuk
“I’ve been impressed with LitReactor, and even more impressed with the messages that have come in via Twitter and Facebook from people who wanted to write better and have signed up to learn things through this site.”
- Neil Gaiman
“Creative writing is both natural and a skill set. The more you do the better you get. Think of it like shagging, and LitReactor as a bedroom.”
- Irvine Welsh
“LitReactor is a place writers can gather and push themselves to better their writing in the real world—and it kicks ass to write and read with others who are hungry. Alive. Noisy. Unflinching. It has been my experience too that something else happens, something lived and lifelong: You can find your tribe. You can enter the "room" of writing from your isolation and find, mercifully, there are others as weird and wonderful as you. Run, don't walk. There's only one now."
- Lidia Yuknavitch
“I've taught extensively both online and in the classroom, and without question my experience with LitReactor stands head-and-shoulders above the rest. The quality of the students and their writing, the camaraderie and mutual support, the devotion to learning and craft, the good will and generosity, the assistance provided by the LitReactor staff—all combine to provide the richest, most encouraging, and most informative format for learning I've come across."
- David Corbett