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

Twisted Timelines with Tess Sharpe

Want to use cool techniques like flashbacks and flash-forwards, but worried they'll melt the brains of your readers? Carnegie Award-nominated YA author Tess Sharpe will show you how to make them work.

The Craft of Character with David Corbett

In this 4-week course, award-winning author David Corbett will teach you the techniques for situating complex characters in compelling stories, and how to render them on the page.

Plotlines with Joshua Mohr

Finding a balance between story and character is tough. Best-selling author Joshua Mohr will show you how to do it in this four-week workshop. After this, you'll never lose the plot again.

Keep it Brief with Richard Thomas

Flash fiction is about brevity, so we'll keep this short: Click here, sign up, learn stuff, write harder. Boom.

The Last Page with Emily Schultz

How do you revive a stalled story? How do know you're done? How do you write that dreaded synopsis? What's next? Emily Schultz, whom Stephen King declared 'my new hero', is here to help.

Growing Pains with Kelly Fiore

When writing for teens how do you 'keep it real'? Do teens even say 'keeping it real' anymore? Find out in this three-week workshop aimed at writing for a teenaged audience.

Taboo Topics with Juliet Escoria

We all have secrets. Things too shocking to reveal in polite company. In this four-week workshop, learn how to exorcise your demons on the page and use them to create writing with real impact.

The Art & Practice of Memoir with Albert Flynn DeSilver

In this two week memoir intensive, author of the widely-praised memoir “Beamish Boy”, Albert Flynn DeSilver, will guide you through the art of writing your own personal story as memoir.

Making a Monster with Ania Ahlborn

Writing villains is easy. Writing believable villains that elevate your fiction from cliché to unforgettable is a lot harder. Let acclaimed horror author Ania Ahlborn show you how it's done.

Say It Like You Mean It: 10 Days to Better Dialogue with Suzy Vitello

In this ten-day crash course, Suzy Vitello—den mother of Chuck Palahniuk's writing group—will teach you the secrets of writing dialogue that sings.

Fundamentals of Short Fiction with Steve Weddle

In this beginner-friendly four-week intensive workshop, author and editor Steve Weddle reveals the key skills for crafting short fiction to a publishable standard.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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