MasterClass is an online education platform with classes taught by experts in every field. Each class is broken up into easily completed lessons, which you can watch at your own pace. Most classes also have accompanying workbooks and materials.
Teachers represent the best of the best in a variety of subjects, from writing and design to sports and poker. Students can sign up for a one year subscription and access ALL MasterClass courses for one payment of $180, or enroll in a single class for $90.
MasterClass Courses for Writers
Some of the world’s most renowned writers teach MasterClass courses. No matter who you are, you can benefit from learning from these pros, who know better than most what it takes to be a truly great writer.
R.L. Stine breaks down his step-by-step process for writing horror that thrills kids and teens. The award-winning novelist spent 20 years writing funny stories before switching to the horror genre. Now, he’s here to help “take the fear out of writing.”
During his class R.L. Stine Teaches Writing For Young Audiences, you’ll learn new ways to overcome writer’s block, develop elaborate plots, and create nail-biting suspense that will thrill readers. With just 28 lessons, the Goosebumps author will teach you how to generate ideas, outline a plot, and keep young readers hooked from the first page until the last.
Neil Gaiman has spent over 25 years creating imaginative stories, including fan favorites like Coraline, Stardust, and The Sandman. Now, he offers his secrets for success to MasterClass students who want to learn from his unique approach to fiction.
Enrolling in Neil Gaiman Teaches The Art Of Storytelling gives you access to video lessons and exclusive materials. You’ll learn how to develop a story, build a believable setting, and bring your characters to life. There are also lessons on overcoming writer’s block and how to edit your work.
As the creator and producer of some of television’s biggest hits, Shonda Rhimes knows a thing or two about writing for television. With Shonda Rhimes Teaches Writing For Television, you can get Rhimes’s story bibles, pilot scripts, and even her Grey’s Anatomy pitch notes.
Students will also learn how to create compelling characters, write a pilot, pitch your idea, and even how to stand out in the writers’ room. In 6+ hours of video lessons, Shonda will walk you through her playbook for writing and creating a hit television show.
Margaret Atwood is a legendary poet, novelist, literary critic, inventor, and teacher—and now, the author of The Handmaid’s Tale is spilling her secrets to creating compelling fiction.
Students can explore Atwood’s creative process through Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing. Learn how she crafts vivid prose and hooks readers with her timeless approach to storytelling. With lessons on how to research for historical fiction and the business of being a writer, Atwood’s expertise is expansive and unique.
The man behind 19 consecutive #1 bestsellers including The Cornwalls Are Gone and The Chef is ready to share some of the secrets to his success. In James Patterson Teaches Writing, James Patterson himself teaches you everything he knows about writing.
He will guide you through every part of the book writing process, including his secret recipe for writing successful suspense that keeps the reader hooked and lessons on book covers and the ups and downs of Hollywood adaptations.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, playwright, film director, and screenwriter David Mamet is ready to teach you everything he’s learned across 26 video lessons on dramatic writing.
David Mamet Teaches Dramatic Writing starts with learning the purpose of drama and ends with significant parting words and an emotional story from one of his favorite science fiction novels. Mamet will teach you the rules of drama, the nuances of dialogue, and the skills to develop your own voice and create your masterpiece.
The Academy Award-winning writer behind A Few Good Men, The Social Network, and The West Wing (just to name a few) is here to teach MasterClass students a thing or two about about writing for the screen.
In Aaron Sorkin Teaches Screenwriting, Sorkin teaches his rules of storytelling, dialogue, and character development. You’ll also learn what actually makes a script sell. By walking through a series of scene case studies, you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t—and how to rewrite scenes successfully.
Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, teaches students how to find, research, and write stories that capture big ideas.
During his masterclass Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing, Gladwell analyzes his own works to reveal his unique creative process. From Tone and Voice to Humor and Melancholy, Gladwell’s lessons cover a wide range of topics in 24 lessons.
What would anyone’s childhood be without Judy Blume? The mind behind classics such as Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret takes students deep inside her writing process in Judy Blume Teaches Writing.
Blume will teach you how to invent vivid characters, write realistic dialogue, and turn your experiences into stories people will love in Lessons include ‘Writing for Younger Readers’ and ‘Working with Editors.’ She even talks about how to deal with controversy and censorship.
Learn from the Experts
There are no better teachers than those who came before you—so take advantage of their knowledge by signing up for a MasterClass course!
If you’re a writer on a budget, you might also want to check out some free online writing courses.
Have you ever taken a course with MasterClass? What did you think? Tell us in the comments below!
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Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, and the bestselling author of 27 books including Secrets of the Six-Figure author. He is also the host of the Publishing Profits Podcast show where we interview successful authors and publishing industry experts to share their tips for creating a successful writing career.