We've Got Some Killer Workshops Coming Up, Covering Poetry, Memoir, Crowd-funding, Grammar, And More...

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We're headed into the home stretch of 2014, and I just finished adding a handful of new classes to the slate—so I wanted to share them here. We've got some exciting stuff coming up.

If you've been meaning to challenge yourself or learn a new skill, this is a great time to do that. Remember, all of our classes are entirely online and the timing is flexible. And you can learn more about the process in the FAQ, available on our upcoming classes page. 

And, speaking of upcoming classes, here's what we've got: 

Submissions suck. There are so many things about the process you can't control. So you need to focus on the things you can control: Putting your best foot forward. Making sure your work is as solid as it can be. Shannon has worked as the first line of defense for a literary agent. She's read and evaluated pages, turning down what doesn't work, passing along what does work. Want to know how to grab a reader's attention? Shannon is the person to talk to. 

I've been wanting to get an erotica class on the slate for a while now, and I was lucky to come across Rachel, who is a master of the genre. Seriously—check out her bio. She's got more accolades than we could fit there. She's also got a lot of good ideas for the class, and we're excited to be stretching our comfort zone a little. Erotica is way bigger than Fifty Shades of Grey and I'm glad it's getting its due here. 

Hey—I know that guy! This class covers the mechanics of all the stuff you need to market yourself—but avoids all the crap that you don't need. A lot of social media courses are packed full of useless information to justify an inflated price-tag. But really, Klout? LinkedIn? Pay With a Tweet? You don't need any of that nonsense. What I've done here is distilled everything down to the basics, so you learn the things that matter. 

Tom Spanbauer teaches poetry in his Dangerous Writing class. Amy Hempel says that more fiction writers should study poetry. The reason for that is because poetry teaches you the weight of each word. How to pare down a thought or emotion into the purest, simplest form. Jen is a very talented poet and we're excited to offer this class—the first time we're covering poetry here. It's great if you want to try your hand at poetry, or if you want to kick up your fiction game a notch. 

Bree is a killer agent. And I'm not just saying that because she's my agent. She's a consummate professional, incredibly kind and thoughtful, but she knows when to buckle down. This is a regular class that we're always excited to have on the slate, because really, who better to teach you how to write a successful query letter than a literary agent? This is a great opportunity to pick Bree's brain and learn about the query process. 

I've had my sights set on Grace for a long time—we've been going back and forth about a potential class for more than a year. And now, here we are, with a fiction innovation laboratory. I love the concept. It's different than anything we've done before—really focusing on the inception of ideas, and how to get the gears turning. 

This is something entirely new, and a little bit different. I'm always hesitant about "business-style" classes like this, but the Kickstarter Kelly ran for her novel Storykiller is the fifth most successful Kickstarter for a novel, of all time. And when she pitched me a class, the material she sent over was incredible. Extremely in-depth and detailed. I'm excited to see what happens with this one. 

I met Julia this past summer in San Francisco. She's friends with Joshua Mohr, who's a regular instructor and a good friend of LitReactor. She came highly recommended, and for good reason—she's a supremely talented writer with some incredible work under her belt, and I think she has a lot of wisdom to impart. If you've ever thought about working in memoir or non-fiction, you really should check this class out. 

This is one of our classics. And you'd think it's a little light-weight, but it's not: There's a lot of great information here. And hell, English is tough. In my travels through the literary plains I have yet to meet anyone who has this grammar thing down cold. Taylor has put together a lot of great material to help you step up your game and make sure your work is clean and professional. 

And that's what we've got! Any questions? Suggestions for a class you'd like to see? Head on down to the comments...

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami September 26, 2014 - 10:38am

I'm thinking of taking the grammar class first. Mostly because yea I may have been in high school honors II, but eight years with no classes and you start forgetting stuff. Who knows how many grammar rules I've forgotten. (I need to ask her to remind me.)

I still miss that one story about the bird man in some country like Peru. I think that may have been my first introduction to magic realism.