Letter Review is committed to providing affordable creative writing classes of the highest quality to students from all over the world: the joy of writing belongs to us all.

Our teachers are traditionally published university lecturers, working across multiple top tier literary magazines and journals, who know what publishers are looking for because they are publishers themselves.

Writing and Publishing a Short Story

This course provides practical exercises and examples to guide you through the process of writing a short story that is ready to submit to a publisher.

Excel in Your Creative Writing Class: Tips for Top Grades

Everything you need to know about creative writing courses to ensure you perform at your best and finish with the grade you deserve.


FAQ

If you have any questions take a look at our FAQ below for the quickest route to an answer. If your question isn’t answered here, you can reach us at mail@letterreview.com

Are Writing Classes Worth it?

Yes, we believe so. While many writers experience success without studying writing in a formal sense, most writers spend years learning their craft, whether via self directed study or with the help of a teacher in a class setting. Creative writing classes save you from having to reinvent the wheel each time you write.

Are Writing Workshops Worth it?

Getting feedback on writing can speed the process of improvement by exposing a writer to the honest responses of a reader before the work is professionally presented to a reading public. This can save time, money, and potentially embarrassement! They’re definitely worth it in our opinion.

What is Taught in Creative Writing Class?

While each online class differs, Letter Review’s classes try to provide exactly what is described on the tin. Helpful tips and guidance, with examples and exercises. Our classes come with suggested reading lists, to ensure you are learning from the best who have gone before.

Are Online Writing Classes Helpful?

Online classes allow a student to study from their own home (or wherever is most convenient). Our on demand classes also have the benefit of allowing the student to complete them at their own pace, in a time that suits them best. Hopefully this flexibility helps our students to learn.

Why Does Writing Feel Painful?

Hemingway famously noted that sitting down to write felt like bleeding. Writing is intellectually and emotionally challenging, which can be half the fun! But remember, if you’re experiencing so much discomfort that it’s not fun, then leave your writing and head to a doctor for some advice.

Is Fiction Class Hard?

Our classes are designed to ensure you have the most fun possible while learning. We guide you through any challenging moments with examples and exercises to ensure nothing is left unexplained, or difficult to grasp. Fiction classes do not have to be hard.

Is Writing Class Hard? Is Creative Writing Class Hard?

Sometimes we enjoy things because they contain a certain degree of challenge. But rest assured, our courses are designed to be as fun as possible, and to take the sting out of learning. Remember, we’re here to help you, not to assess you!

How Long Does it Take to Write a Short Story

It can take anywhere from a couple of hours to an entire lifetime to write a short story. Sometimes, inspiration strikes and we capture our tale in the first pass. Sometimes we spend years or decades tinkering with a tale to make it just right. It all depends on when you decide it’s finished!

Is Writing a Good Profession?

Most professions require writing to some degree. Whether it’s writing a legal opinion, or a doctor’s note, improving your communication and writing skills will always come in handy in the workplace. Being a professional creative writer is competitive, but very rewarding for those who manage it!

What do you do in Creative Writing Class? What Happens in a Creative Writing Class?

Like any class, creative writing classes focus on developing in the student an understanding of the course material, and sharpening the practical skills associated with that material. Our classes are designed to make writing fun, accessible, and rewarding to study.

Do Creative Writing Classes Work?

Yes, we believe they do. Sometimes it’s easy to prove they do. When a student writes a creative piece in a class that they feel is better than anything they feel they’ve written before the results can be obvious and even startling. Sometimes progress is more subtle, but learning more about a craft yields results!

Should I take a Creative Writing Class?

If you feel your creative writing could improve, and you feel the instructors are the right people to lead you on that journey, then we heartily endorse taking a creative writing class as long as it’s not a financial burden on you. Who knows what exciting developments a course of study can bring?

Is Creative Writing a Good Class to Take?

Writing is a skill that is useful in many professions, and many employers will be pleased to see creative writing on a resume as it is a versatile skill that speaks well of communication ability. If you think of yourself as a creative person with an interest in literature, then creative classes can certainly be worthwhile!

Is Writing a Talent or a Skill? Are Writers Born or Made?

Writing is both a talent and a skill. Some writers display immense talent early, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been working hard for a long time. A debut novelist at 21 might have been writing novels since the age of 12. If a writer has some talent, then study can help them to be their best.

Is Writing a Gift?

Every field of human endeavor, no matter how much one studies or prepares, involves underlying ability to some extent. In an ideal education system, a student is exposed to a wide variety of opportunities, and can select to pursue the field they enjoy most and display ability in. Study writing if you like it and want to be your best!

Why is Writing So Hard?

Sometimes writing feels hard because it is a competitive field that people have been practicing for a very long time. We compare ourselves to the greatest writers of all time, rather than people at our level of progress. Studying writing can demystify the process, and help us find the shortest route to improvement.

Can Anyone be a Writer?

Yes, anyone can be a writer. Study and practice will help you to improve at the fastest rate. Remember as well that not every person who writes has to win the Pulitzer or Nobel to be a writer. Sometimes people want to write for their friends and family, or just for themselves, and that’s great too.

Is Writing in High Demand?

Writing has never been in higher demand. With a growing global population, increasing wealth, and increasing access to education, the markets for writers are booming and the consumers of writing have never been more numerous. It is a competitive industry!

What is the Purpose of Fiction?

Fiction servces many purposes: it can take us away from our problems, it can inspire and educate, it can expose us to new worlds from the comfort of our reading nook, it can excite and entertain us, it can challenge us to be better and warn us about looming disasters. It can improve our literacy skills!



Letter Review Articles and Videos with More Free Information

If you’re hungry for more information about creative writing and want access to more resources, don’t forget to examine the articles available for free on Letter Review. Here are a few that may be of particular interest.

We all know that holding a collection of short stories by your favourite author is deeply satisfying. Sometimes you need to read stories fast, and for free! Have a look at the resources below for speedy access to your favourite short stories.
Short stories require skills honed through experience and study, with every writer utilizing their own techniques. Even though every author has their own method for composing these miniature tales, most agree that short stories are more difficult to write than novels. 
Here are 4 reasons why short stories are so hard to write:
Authors must use fewer words.
– Plot development is challenging.
– Characters must replace detailed drama.
– There is no room for wasted words.
Asking how long it will take to write a novel is a reasonable question for a beginning writer. If you aren’t ready or can commit several months to a first draft, a short story is more manageable. So can a short story be written on a weekend, or should a writer budget more time?
Matt Ralphs worked as an editor for many years, and now writes children’s non-fiction and middle grade fiction, often with a focus on history, myths and folklore.
Poems come in all varieties, and markers are used to seeing everything from the most simplistic rhyming quatrain to complex pieces that wouldn’t strike the everyday reader as poems at all.
If you want to get the A, you’re going to need to pull out the skills of a professional writer.
Whether it’s fiction, poetry, plays, or screenplays, all writers can benefit from a creative writing workshop. So how do you run one, or organise one with your friends and colleagues? 
Why Can’t I Write? It’s a very common question! Writing is a technical challenge, as well as a creative one. To write well in any style requires the development of practical writing skills, and then of course practice! Sometimes years of hands-on experience is necessary, but there are things you can do to speed this process up. 
All writers should not go to college, but college classes allow a writer to learn their craft. Specialized writing for business or journalism, require a degree. Literary writers benefit from a writing program, but an individual writing for a general audience does not need a college degree.