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

Science Fiction & Fantasy Toolbox with Bradley Beaulieu

There are four primary building blocks to writing a breakout novel—regardless of genre. Bradley P. Beaulieu will walk you through them in this four-week workshop.

The Alchemy of Theme with Sarah Gerard

In this four-week workshop, you'll use the elements of fiction to identify opportunities for theme in your characters, settings, and prose—and bring them to the surface.

Writing High-Octane Fiction with Weston Ochse

There's an art to action fiction. And SEAL TEAM 666 author Weston Ochse—a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier—will show you how it's done.

The Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Learn the basics of graphic design as they apply to the publishing industry with acclaimed graphic designer Matthew Revert in this four-week workshop.

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.

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.

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!

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 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.

The Basics of 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.

Concrete Storytelling with Melissa Olson

Writing a novel can be overwhelming. After all, that's a lot of words—all in a row, and they even have to make sense! Learn how to build the foundation for a book in this four-week workshop.

Logic and the Unconscious: How to Write Like a Maniac, Then Like an Engineer

An intuitive approach involving the utilization of a more urgent, language and image-driven process to create text, which you will then edit with precision.

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.

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