From James Patterson's MasterClass


You've been given the tools to help write your next book. Now what?

Topics include: We hope you feel inspired and excited by all the information James has shared!


You've been given the tools to help write your next book. Now what?

Topics include: We hope you feel inspired and excited by all the information James has shared!

James Patterson

Teaches Writing

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I am peculiar, obviously, and that peculiarity has had its rewards. So I share things with you and you have to pick what's going to be relevant to you. I think, and I said this to somebody yesterday, that the things that seem the dumbest to you right now, the most foreign, that I'm just dead wrong, those are the things you really want to pay the most attention to and really analyze whether they-- because those are the things that are farthest from what you're doing now, and maybe the most interesting, and maybe the most beneficial. The things that seem like oh my God, that's really, that wouldn't work for me, or that's crazy. There's nothing I'm going to tell you that's crazy. That I will guarantee. I am crazy, but what I do is sane. People get too into, this is the way it's been, here's the rules of writing, here's the rules of literature, here's the rule-- who said? Really God does not come down and lay down, here are the 20 commandments of writing a story. And just because it's been done in a certain way forever does not necessarily mean it's right. And also means don't walk away from what's been done, but also you don't have to follow it blindly. Things change. We do new shit. Why am I doing this? I like the feeling of doing something that's going to help people. I just, I like giving pleasure to other people, whatever. That's not the worst thing in the world. There was a story in the San Francisco Chronicle at one point and a whale was kind of hopelessly trapped in a bunch of fishing lines and crab traps and whatever, and it was decided that the only way that they could get the whale out was a bunch of rescuers had to literally swim out there and start clipping away with little scissors all of these lines and ropes. And it took them half a day to get this whale loose and what happened is the whale did not swim out to sea, rather the whale went around, literally, from person to person, these rescuers, nudged them, and these people who rescued said that they would never forget that experience and it changed their lives. And that I think is what it's about to give to somebody else. And that's what really moves me. That kind of thing that I'm going to be out there and to some extent for some of you, it's what I'm saying will change your lives and free you from whatever's stopping you from writing your books or stopping you from writing them successfully. And that maybe you'll nudge me a little bit before you swim back out to sea and become famous.

Set out to write a best-selling book

James Patterson, the author of 19 consecutive No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, reveals his tricks of the trade. In his first online writing class, he guides you from the start to the finish of your book.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Introduction Class - Efficient & succinct. Did not waste time before getting to the next lesson.

Didn't realize there was one more chapter when I reviewed in the previous lesson. I loved this course. James Patterson was wonderful. Informative, interesting, funny and full of great information. Loved loved this course.

I love the class so far and starting with setting up your mindset is a win for me. Passion is encouraged and that is encouraging!

Spectacular course! A very personal experience with James who delivers realistic points, tips and scenarios in each lesson. I highly recommend it!



Great class. Really gave me some helpful insights into different approaches for organisation and technique, as well as many other aspects. Patterson is very engaging. His relaxed, witty, conversational teaching style made it a joy to listen to and easy to digest.

Mary S.

Originally, my goal was to write fiction, but for the past ten years, I have written little other than poetry and memoir! Did squeeze out a few pieces of flash fiction, but I think this course may have given me the stimulus I need to do more. I still am not sure I have the ability to write an entire book of fiction, but think I will give it a try. I may also have to go back and take the class a 2nd time. Patterson is a great teacher - very user friendly. I am so glad I signed up.

Tyra M.

I was enjoying this course, when I became very ill in the spring (2019). I ended up in hospital. Summer, for me, is a hard time to write, normally, but I had fallen behind in so many areas that I put my writing aside. Listening to this lesson has been a good kick in the pants to get me back and focused. I started a novel due to this course, and it's time I finish it. LOL, Thank you, Mr. Patterson, hopefully I'll be able to send you a nudge.

Bonnie A.

Thank you Mr. Patterson. I really enjoyed the class and certainly learned a lot. Now I need to get writing. I have a book to finish writing.

Patricia C.

Four years ago, I took a long New Years weekend and intended to complete the final draft and re-write on one of my stories that I had completed. I had made a plan to upload all my writing into a cloud storage to replace all of my flash drives. And the weekend started out just as I intended. Unfortunately, not all people are good and some people have evil intentions, as was the case of someone I trusted with my life, my husband. That weekend I survived attempted murder. I even managed to escape before my home and everything I owned was engulfed in fire and ash. I haven't written in 4 years. I lost a part of myself when I lost my writing. I think it's something that only writers can understand. I felt like all my characters died in that fire too. My songs, poems, free writing, outlines of books, yet to write. Just gone in one selfish, ugly act. I couldn't find the joy and love for anything and honestly, felt pretty hopeless. My son told me about the Master Class series and I bought the full access. I needed hope, goals, a push, something to make me feel alive again. This Master Class with James Patterson is my first class, and it gave me a feeling that I haven't had in a really long time. It made me want to re-find my voice and rise out of this place that shamefully, I have been stuck in for a really long time. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to the creators of Master Class, and thank you to James Patterson, one of my favorite writers, for giving me a little something back.

Larry K.

Great course. Love it all. Thanks for the wisdom and humor. Kept me writing!!!!



Christine Duffy Z.

James' story about the rescued whale is delightful and I hope against hope I will have the opportunity to nudge him in thanks one day.

Arthur S.

Wonderful! So much encouragement and direction. Thanks for warning me about Hollywood, but too late! Thank you so much!

D.J. B.

Hey, sir. Just wanted to say thank you. I took your class during a rough patch when I was struggling to keep writing, and I think more than or in addition to the techniques you taught in the course, the way you portray your life helped me get over that hump. I'm just finishing up my third book for the year, and it wouldn't have happened without you.