How do I start a new class draft?

When you start the process of uploading your class content through our class upload tool, a “class draft” is automatically created and saved to your account. You can continue editing your class draft over time and publish it to the platform whenever you’re ready.

If you’ve never started a class draft and have never published a class to Skillshare, you’ll need to sign up and be approved to teach before you can start your first class draft. If you’re interested in signing up to teach, we recommend checking out this article, Skillshare’s Sign Up Process for First-Time Teachers. To sign up, head to and click the green Sign Up button.

If you are a returning teacher or previously started a class draft before Skillshare’s sign up process for first-time teachers went into effect on May 1, 2023, then you can start a new class draft at any time.

Once you’ve been approved to teach, here are the steps to start a class draft:

  1. From a desktop computer, navigate to Be sure you are signed into your Skillshare account. 
  2. Click the green Start a Class button in the center of the screen. If the Start a Class button is not accessible, this means that you are either not signed into your Skillshare account or are not currently approved to teach.
  3. If this is your first time creating a class draft, you’ll be prompted to choose a category for your class (you can change this later) and your primary goals for teaching on Skillshare.
  4. Click the blue Continue button at the bottom of the screen.

Your new class draft will load in the browser with a default title, “My Class.” You can start uploading your class content now or return to it later — your draft will be saved to your account. To retrieve it, refer to our article Where can I find my class draft?.

For first-time teachers, creating an account and just starting a class draft allows you to access our training class for teachers, Teach on Skillshare: Plan, Publish, and Promote an Engaging Class, without paying for a Skillshare membership.
Please note that Skillshare may not support video files in draft or closed classes older than 90 days. We always recommend ensuring that your class video files are saved elsewhere on your computer or an external hard drive if you plan to make updates to a Skillshare class or publish it later.