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Kris Turner June 18, 2013 - 7:38am

Any chance of a Tom Spanbauer class? Chuck Palahniuk mentioned that Tom was working on a book about writing years ago, but I guess that fell through. So a class would be great.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this June 18, 2013 - 7:49am

That's an interesting suggestion. I love Spanbauer's books. I'll poke around on that one...

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Kris Turner June 19, 2013 - 5:55am

Thanks, I'd appreciate that.

Chuck mentions Tom in so many of his lectures. I've been desperately hoping for a book on writing from Tom for years, but it's never come. A class would be even better. I'd sign up in a second if you could make it happen.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this June 21, 2013 - 8:20am

Hey folks--we've got a couple of new classes up, which I'm pretty excited about: http://litreactor.com/classes/upcoming

Steve Weddle, editor of NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir, is teaching a two-week course of submitting stories.

Samuel Sattin, author of LEAGUE OF SOMEBODES, is teaching a two-week course on laying the building blocks for a novel. 

And Kat Howard is back with her sci-fi/fantasy class. 

Also, hopefully next week I'll be putting up a two-week class led by John Skipp on editing. That's scheduled to start on July 25. 

And other than that, I hope to bring in at least one more class for August. 

Cheers!

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SamaLamaWama from Dallas is reading Something Wicked This Way Comes June 21, 2013 - 8:29am

I'm super excited for another Skipp class!

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this July 3, 2013 - 8:08am

Ladies and gents: John Skipp is back. 

His new class is about editing—the students in his last class were not only incredibly enthusiastic of John's teaching ability, but praised his editorial style. So this seemed like a natural fit. 

Check it out

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this July 3, 2013 - 11:14am

Oh, hey, also, Patrick Wensink is back!

This time he's teaching you how to bring your natural sense of humor out in your writing. So, writing stuff that's funny. Which is harder than you'd think. He has some good ideas. It's all about structure. 

Check out the class page

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt July 3, 2013 - 8:45pm

Jumped into my first online class—eBook formatting starting Monday. Can't wait! 

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Matt A. July 3, 2013 - 11:03pm

Rob, how about Spanbauer's "Dangerous Writing?" If not Tom, maybe someone else teaching a similar personal essay/non-fiction class.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this July 4, 2013 - 6:12am

Doug--tracking down Tom is on my to-do list.

Cross your fingers. 

 

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer July 17, 2013 - 6:40am

Just lamenting the fact that Jack Ketchum is teaching another class, but it is probably a bad idea for me to enroll since I have two graduate literary criticism classes at the same time. Sigh...woe is me. Hopefully, he keeps teaching them. This is the second I have missed for one reason or another.

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly July 19, 2013 - 12:50pm

@Jack, yes, I've considered selling a gun to take JK's course. Mind you, I'm a Texan, and by proxy love my guns almost, or in some cases, as much, as my children.

 

And selling children is illegal. That, too.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer July 19, 2013 - 1:19pm

Well, I don't know that I would sell a gun...although the gun prices are trending up at the moment. If you are going to sell, sell high.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated July 19, 2013 - 6:57pm

Way ammo is going just sell a box, and you'd be good.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer July 20, 2013 - 5:44am

No doubt. If you have 1000 rounds of .223 sitting around, you have the cost of the class easily.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated July 20, 2013 - 11:16am

Prices must be lower there, you could do most the classes with a box of 250 .223 rounds go for around here.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies July 21, 2013 - 1:13pm

i took a class with Jack at The Cult and it was one of the best classes I've taken to date. if you're familiar with my work, it yielded "Seeing Red" (Crime Factory), "Ten Steps" (ChiZine), "Tinkering With the Moon" (Gargoyle), "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave" (Metazen, nominated for a Pushcart) and "Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears" (Slices of Flesh anthology, Dark Moon Books, which strangely enough, after 50 rejections, was published alongside...Jack Ketchum). if you write dark fiction, find a way to take this class. seriously.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer July 22, 2013 - 4:38pm

I saw a deal the other day for a box of 1000 rounds for 400 dollars, but I can't vouch for the quality.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated July 22, 2013 - 8:50pm

Even with bulk that is WAY cheaper then anything I've seen locally. But honestly I'm not really looking. Is there someplace to check stuff like that for writers? Prices in general, not just ammo.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami August 10, 2013 - 11:07pm

I wit is, i4s a bit like characatures floating head syndrome.uldnt mind classes on visualizing setting in prose, getting through the middle (this is why word count is such an issue), and developing sympathetic characters. So often mine feel like plot devices.D:

As It, it just seems like caracatures talking head syndrome.

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons August 21, 2013 - 6:07pm

Craig's class looks great. The video is making me want to sign up, but I'm broke. My refrigerator isn't cooling. New one coming tomorrow morning, thank goodness. Why are those damn things so expensive? I want to take the writing class but I need cold milk and eggs. 

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies August 22, 2013 - 6:35am

craig is a genius. if you can find a way to take a class of his, do it. i've taken two different classes taught by him and they were both well worth it.

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SRead from Colorado is reading Stories August 22, 2013 - 9:16am

It's funny you should mention selling ammo to take Jack's class, because that's exactly what I did. Except I'm a knitter, so when I say "ammo" I mean "wool". It worked, though. :)

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons August 22, 2013 - 7:52pm

I am seriously thinking about taking it, especially given the recommendations. Is there a coupon code of you are a Litreactor member? 

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club August 23, 2013 - 10:18am

I'm 100% going to sign up for the Intro to Writing Comic Books and Graphic Novels, but I can't pay for it until next week. Is there any way to reserve a space? 

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies September 11, 2013 - 11:10am

:-)

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer September 10, 2013 - 1:40pm

Damien is great. I like her writing.

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big_old_dave from Watford, about 20 miles outside London, Uk September 11, 2013 - 4:43am

Anyone know the final date for booking Craig's class is? Might be cutting it a little fine sorting the funding out.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! September 11, 2013 - 5:03am

I think you can book pretty much up to the day before a class, unless it sells out. (but I could be wrong)

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this September 11, 2013 - 6:06am

Dave--I sent you a PM. 

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons September 16, 2013 - 5:33pm

Is there a coupon code if you are a Litreactor member? Wanting to do Craig's. Weighing the money situation. 

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this September 17, 2013 - 7:17am

I'm sorry, there's no coupon code available for that class. 

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big_old_dave from Watford, about 20 miles outside London, Uk September 26, 2013 - 2:59am

Thanks again Rob, 

I've just booked the course. 

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Max from Texas is reading goosebumps September 28, 2013 - 9:42pm

I've booked Craig's class too and I can't wait for it. I have a friend who is also considering taking it, but still hasn't made up his mind. Is there a way to check to see how many spots are available on a class? He's worried it'll sell out before he can decide.

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simon.dewar83 from Canberra, Australia is reading The Twelve by Justin Cronin November 3, 2013 - 9:42pm

Consider a Shane McKenzie bizarro/extreme horror writing course? >_>

essay by shane: http://bizarrocentral.com/2013/03/04/blood-pus-cum-dead-babies-tips-for-...

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies November 15, 2013 - 12:01pm

If you've got one week and $70, I'm teaching a Short Story Mechanics class here at LitReactor in January. We're trying to offer some shorter classes at lower prices so more people can get involved. Check it out, I hope to see you there!

http://litreactor.com/classes/short-story-mechanics-with-richard-thomas

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Natso from Mongolia is reading Moby Dick December 5, 2013 - 8:56pm

Hi Mr. Richard Thomas. I've signed up for your class. Having read some of your articles and short stories, I'm really looking forward to this. See you there. P.S: I'm also a big Stephen King fan.

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons December 5, 2013 - 9:47pm

Natso you will love Richards class. I'm glad you signed up. 

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies December 6, 2013 - 11:01am

thanks, natso! stoked to have you. thanks, cove. this class is filling up fast, LR peeps. hope to see you all there!

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Gio Clairval from Europe is reading Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch December 7, 2013 - 8:21am

I've taken several classes elsewhere (with established writers), and I received personalized responses/comments on my emails every other day (the instructor's responses are tailored to the writer's ability to post more or less often), plus original method handouts, for up to 60 bucks.

So, when I signed up for a class here (for the first time), given the cost, I expected more. I got four lectures (good summaries, but nothing that can't be found in books), four discussions about classics (nothing that can't be found on students' websites offering short-story analysis), and five/six usable critiques of two stories of mine, including two posted by the instructor.

It's probably my fault as I picked a class that didn't match my needs. But if I'd known that I would get only two personalized responses on my writing from the instructor (in *four weeks*), I wouldn't have signed up.

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Matt A. December 7, 2013 - 12:19pm

"It's probably my fault as I picked a class that didn't match my needs."

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne December 7, 2013 - 1:37pm

I'm not sure that's entirely true. I was lucky and got extra critiques from my instructor for the one class I took, and I'm not sure I'd have been quite as satisfied for the price were that not the case. It can be a little bit of a crapshoot depending on how people participate (in the case of my class, most of the people in my peer review group bailed, and it was a blessing that my other classmates were so kind in giving me feedback ... I could have gotten almost none). I think I'd be happier too with a higher rate of instructor feedback—but then, wouldn't we all? I have no idea whether it would be realistic to daydream about that, but it might feel more in line with the price. At the very least, it could be said up front maybe how much personal feedback they're able to give? I don't think they do now.

Craig's insights via the lessons were valuable and really good stuff, above and beyond just the feedback, but that's only part of it. As Gio said, a lot of this stuff is available—or at least potentially available, depending on what insights your instructor has—in books. Interaction is IMO the more weighty/unique/valuable part of the class.

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David Ireland from London is reading Confessions of an English Opium-Eater December 12, 2013 - 12:57pm

Hey, I've flitted in and out of this site, done a couple of classes (which were great) and really enjoy the vibe.

I just signed up for Richard's short story course, anyone else joining? His articles are great, and he's clearly got a great track record, so I'm looking forward to a week of hard work and writing.

I've just finished a screenplay with a writing partner of mine, and am 25k words into a novel that's frying my brain, so taking a step into short form feels like a good change of pace. I've also got a couple of killer ideas for things to write :-)

Hope to see some of you in class!

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies December 13, 2013 - 3:44pm

thanks, david! i appreciate the kind words. also, it's NOW SOLD OUT. sweet!

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami January 1, 2014 - 8:58am

Are there any classes at the moment that help with character development? Though I would say length is my weakness, character development are comments I often get.

So there might be something to it.

 

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mattmyth from Rotorua, New Zealand is reading Child of God by Cormack McCarthy January 2, 2014 - 3:12am

I would really appreciate Richard Thomas doing the mechanics of short story writing class again soon. 

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this January 3, 2014 - 9:55am

Sarah--I'm working on the slate for the coming months, and character development is one of my priorities. Hopefully I'll have something to announce soon. 

Matt--Keep your eyes peeled. This is a bit of an experiment, but if the first round goes well for all involved, then I wouldn't be surprised if you see it again...

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts January 13, 2014 - 10:04am

Who's taking the Nick Mamatas workshop? I need all the gossip as to how cool it is.

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce January 13, 2014 - 12:23pm

Too poverty stricken this month for classes, sadly, and there are several I would have liked to have participated in this month. 

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Alan H Jordan from Reno, Nevada is reading "The Whisper Jar" and "The World Beneath" January 31, 2014 - 11:42pm

If students would answer these two questions, I'd be most appreciative:

  1. What class did you take?
  2. Did you manage to build a continuing reationship with other students and/or the teacher?  If so, how?"

Thanks in advance,

Alan