Writing

What Is Margaret Atwood’s Writing Style? Learn How Margaret Atwood Approaches Gender in Her Writing

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 8, 2020 • 5 min read

The bonneted survivor-women of The Handmaid’s Tale, the environmental dystopia of Maddaddam, the unsettling gothic murder mystery of Alias Grace—they all come from the imagination of Margaret Atwood, one of the biggest names in contemporary literature.
The Canadian author writes in an array of styles, but her unique way of thinking unifies a vast body of prose, poetry, and critical essays.

Below, she shares how genre, ideas, gender, and the writing process play into her signature style.