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

From Good to Great with Bradley Beaulieu

How do you make a good book great? You work with Bradley Beaulieu. In this four-week workshop the acclaimed fantasy author will teach you what it takes to keep your readers glued to the page.

Mastering Setting with Nicolas Obregon

Become a black belt in backdrop in this three-week workshop with acclaimed author Nicolás Obregón, where you'll learn to make your setting just as vital as your characters.

Runaway Prose with Nicholas Kaufmann

Want to keep readers speeding through your novel? It’s all about pace. In this four-week workshop, multiple award-nominated author Nicholas Kaufmann will show you how to keep readers engaged.

Literary Mash-Ups with J. S. Breukelaar

The barbarians are at the gates of literary fiction. It's time to think differently about “genre”. J.S. Breukelaar is here to guide you to the final frontier—where anything goes.

Chimeras with Gemma Files

Every genre has tropes, but they're especially abundant in horror. This workshop with critically-acclaimed and award-winning author Gemma Files breaking those tropes to create something new.

The First Five Pages with Lauren Spieller

Your first 5 pages can make or break your book. In this three-week class, agent and author Lauren Spieller will show you how to inject voice into your opening, and the tricks to writing a great query.

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.

I Can Be Your Hero with Zoraida Cordova

Can't connect with your protagonist? Award-winning author Zoraida Córdova will outline her own methods and worksheets, and detail step-by-step character development, in this two-week workshop.

Creating Complex Characters 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.

From Cliche to Clever with Elle Nash

Learn how to identify and remove cliches from your work, and develop your unique voice, in this three-week workshop with acclaimed author Elle Nash.

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.

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