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.

Litro writing masterclasses

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.

4 Comments

  1. Judith 22 August 2020 at 12:22 am

    Enjoy, Andrew! I’ve been taking online writing classes of late, to keep me motivated, and they are wonderful. Best wishes!

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    1. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 26 August 2020 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks, Judith! Glad you’ve been enjoying your writing classes. I hope my students end up enjoying the class as much as you’ve enjoyed yours!

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  2. buriedinprint 3 September 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Haha, yes, indeed, hope you evade the writer’s block yourself. Congratulations and what a great opportunity. I bet there are a lot of people who have been struggling to focus during these unsettled times, so I hope you’ve got a nice roster building and that they’ll be inspired to return to their work.

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    1. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 3 September 2020 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to it. Litro is handling the roster, so I’m not sure how it’s looking, but I guess I’ll find out soon. I think this year has been a perfect example of one of those uncomfortable truths about writing – it’s not just about having time. I think lots of people have had more time than usual but still struggled to focus on writing or other creative projects.

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