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

Ecstatic States: Sex, Death and Memoir with Lidia Yuknavitch

Go beyond the clichés of sex and death to create powerful, original creative non-fiction from the inventive core of human experience in this five-week master class.

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.

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.

Between the Sheets with Rachel Kramer Bussel

Writing about sex is so much bigger than one little Grey trilogy. Learn to write about sex with skill and grace, and then how to sell it, in this four-week workshop.

The Art of the Query Letter with Pam van Hylckama Vlieg

Learn to effectively write and pitch a query letter under the guidance of a literary agent in this two-week course.

Plotlines with Joshua Mohr - September 2013

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.

Publish or Perish with Tobias Caroll

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 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.

Gutter Opera with D. Foy

An amalgam of principals, 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.

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 Silence with Jen Fitzgerald

Poetry and Essay share a cerebral kinship. They follow their own paths, but are born of living. In this two-week workshop, learn how to draw from your life to create art.

Sell Yourself with Rob Hart

In this one-week course, you'll learn the basics of selling yourself and your work like a pro, from social media to bio-writing and media outreach.

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.

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.

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