Links — Online Writing Courses

LitReactor — LitReactor is far more than just courses, but I’m putting it here because that’s one of the coolest resources on their site. Current class topics include graphic novels and comics, fundamentals of short fiction, polishing a personal essay, writing humor, writing horror, magical realism, romance writing, short story mechanics and much more. But they also offer writer resources, an online magazine, essays on writing, a podcast, a discussion forum, and community-wide writing competitions. There’s also a robust community with workshops that offer a peer-review system. I’ve heard great things about the course offerings.

Writers.com — Lots of online classes on all sorts of subjects, including specialized genres like food-writing, or writing about music. Plenty here for the fiction writer, though, including “The Anti-Hero’s Journey,” “Writing Your First Novel,” and “Pitch Like a Honey Badger.” Most are multiple-session classes, running 4-10 weeks. Also offers private classes and editing/coaching.

Writers Digest University — Offers writing workshops for all levels of skill and experience, including boot camps and conferences (even virtual ones, which might mean you can attend even after they’ve concluded?). You can search by topic, form, goal or element. Classes range from “Pitch an Article: Write for Today’s Marketplace” to “Advanced Novel Writing.” Check out the Boot Camps, like “Agent One-on-One: First Ten Pages” and “Mastering Amazon for Authors.” Conferences include “Writers Digest 2018 Virtual Conference for Novelists” and “4th Annual Mystery & Thriller Virtual Conference.” Also offers other services, such as a manuscript critique.

The Writers Studio — Founded in 1987 by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Schultz. Offers classes both online and on site in Manhattan, Tuscon, San Francisco, and Hudson Valley. Welcomes students at all stages of their writing career; even offers specialized classes for teens and over-50s.