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
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.
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.
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.
In this four-week workshop, learn to build a living, breathing, fantastical world—with real rules, real stakes, and real mechanics.
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.
Want to learn how to write effective personal essays and place them for publication? Then check out this four-week workshop with Chloe Caldwell!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Testimonials from some folks you might recognize
- Chuck Palahniuk
- Neil Gaiman
- Irvine Welsh
- Lidia Yuknavitch
- David Corbett