Not able to make a live class due to timezone or scheduling conflicts? Try writing classes on demand.

Whether you want a deep dive into worldbuilding or help choosing between submitting your work to literary or speculative markets, our online classes can help you achieve your learning goals on your schedule. With writing classes taught by professional writers, teachers, and authors, you'll be able to hone your craft and develop your unique voice.

Choose from asynchronous workshops, pre-recorded classes, and either 3- or 12-month access.

New courses are added regularly.

​On-Demand FAQ

Where do these classes come from?

The majority of these classes are pre-recorded live classes. We’ve edited them for time and to preserve student privacy. 

Why can't I download a course?

Over time, information included in courses may change or need to be updated, or the class may need to be retired altogether. Our time-based access program allows instructors to reassess their courses regularly and determine if the materials are still relevant and up to date. 

Note: some associated course materials are downloadable and available to keep.

How long can I access courses?

 You can choose between 3- or 12-month options. 

When does my access begin?

Access begins immediately when you purchase. It expires 3 or 12 months after purchase.

Oops, I purchased the wrong access level. Can you help?

Please email us within 2 hours to have your access level adjusted.

What if I need longer access?

Access can be extended up to one month on a case-by-case basis. In that event, please email [email protected]. If you need more than a month to complete the class, you must re-purchase the appropriate level of access.

Will I be able to ask the instructors questions?

Because these are previously recorded classes, instructors are not currently monitoring comments and may not be available for follow-up questions. When available, we’ve included their social media information with each class.

Reduced Rates For

On-Demand Classes

We believe that our writing classes and workshops should be available and accessible to all who want to participate. Towards that core belief, Clarion West has created a discount for our on-demand classes. 

Use the Helping Hands discount if you identify as a Person of the Global Majority (PGM)/BIPOC writer (Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color); LGBTQIA+; if you have a disability; and/or if some or all of the following statements apply to you:

  • I frequently stress about meeting my basic needs (food, housing, medical care).
  • I have debt that prevents me from meeting my basic needs.
  • I have no money in savings and/or retirement.
  • I have no access to credit or only to credit with high interest rates or fees. 
  • I rely on public transportation.
  • I am unemployed, underemployed, or don’t have regular paychecks. 
  • I don’t have access to affordable healthcare or health insurance.
  • I can’t afford to take time off, go on vacation, or enjoy life’s pleasures without threatening my ability to meet my basic needs. 

To use the discount, enter the coupon code HELPINGHANDS during checkout.