I was happy to be asked recently to teach an online writing masterclass for Litro, a London literary magazine.
I’m teaching a four-week course on breaking writer’s block. In a decade and a half of writing novels, short stories, journalism and other stuff, I’ve learnt a thing or two about facing and ultimately overcoming writer’s block. The idea is to share some useful techniques with students and help them get writing.
If you know someone who is struggling with their writing, or someone who has always talked about writing a book but never managed to do it, please pass along the link to the class. There’s a 10% early bird discount if you sign up in the next few days and use the code LITROMASTERCLASS10.
The other Litro classes sound great too. You can learn about anything from writing a short story to editing a manuscript, as well as things like podcasting, social media, and writing for resistance.
Teaching online is harder than teaching in person, I think, but these are the times we’re in. I wrote a post about it years ago, when I was living in Barbados and teaching the principles of story-telling to a company in London. Back then, it all seemed very new; now, of course, it’s commonplace.
The technology has improved too, so I’m hoping it will feel more like an in-person writing class, with more opportunities for interaction and going off-script. Litro has set up an impressive-looking online platform for all the course materials as well. I’ll report back on how it goes.
In the meantime, I have about a month to finish off my preparations and get ready to welcome the first students on 26 September. I just have to make sure I don’t get writer’s block in the meantime.