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

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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.

All of the lessons were extremely helpful and applicable to my writing journey. The class is well organized with excellent delivery making the information interesting and valuable. The workbook is a terrific resource to refer back to. Thank you, Mr. Patterson, for allowing me a glimpse inside your world and making the dream seem possible.

The video parts were so inspiring and Jame's style to easy to watch that I couldn't stop watching long enough to do the exercises. But even at this point he gets a big, fat TEN from me! Now I will go back and really get into the meat and potatoes by doing the lessons. Thank you so much for this class. It's exactly what I needed to propel me forward!

It was an honor and an absolute pleasure to have been able to observe this class. I learned quite a bit and have been instilled with a fervor to write, exactly what I needed.

Direct and informative, these classes are exactly what I needed to get my butt organized and actually put a pen to paper! Truly a wealth of info!!


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.

A fellow student

Your easy style and practical tips have helped me to understand more of where I am on my writing journey

A fellow student

I have thoroughly enjoyed you sharing your experiences in this session. Most of all you were candid about your life as a writer. Thank You Mr. Patterson!


The course was interesting and helpful in writing dialogue and telling a good story.


I find him to be refreshingly down to earth. A nice guy, a good father ...someone I’d want to be friends with. And he’s a heck of a great writer!

Redmond R.

This course is the best written and most informative course out here on MasterClass (RL Stein brung a very close second). If all courses were like this I would keep MasterClass

Lorraine A.

Here's your nudge, James Patterson. You deserve it for making me see what needs to be seen.


Dear James, This has been one of the most practical writing classes on this site. I listened to your advice twice, and will take it to heart and will definitely nudge you again when my novel becomes famous! Respect, Amy

Fred K.

I liked the course and found it helpful. I did not see how to get into the notes or lesson assignment.

Cynthia W.

This is my first class and I am afraid I screwed up the star category to a three when it should have been a 5. I love Patterson's style of writing and thought he was clear and concise in illuminating his particular style. Yes, I enjoyed the feeling of actually meeting the man and seeing his genuineness and honesty.