Judy Blume

Lesson time 1:48 min

When you finish this MasterClass and begin your next project, Judy urges you to foster the most powerful force in your writing life: your own imagination. As she says, “No one can have too much imagination—let alone a writer.”

Judy Blume
Teaches Writing
In 24 lessons, Judy Blume will show you how to develop vibrant characters and hook your readers.
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Imagination has always been such a part of my life. Every kid imagines. It's just that some stop, or it's not so important to them. But my childhood imagination-- my making up those stories in my head-- that's never stopped. And that's probably been the most powerful force in my life, that I have this thing-- that I have this imagination, that I'm able to conjure up people and stories. That's it for me. That's been my life. And I'm eternally grateful for wherever that came from. My husband says to me, Judy, you have too much imagination. And I just give him a grin and I think to myself, nobody can have too much imagination-- let alone a writer. There's no writer who has too much imagination. The best thing for you to do right now is to start writing, or get back to what you were writing. And don't think about it too much. Don't over-analyze it. Just let it happen. Just sit down, start doing it, and good luck. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Write timeless stories

Judy Blume broke the rules. Her refreshingly honest children’s books were banned by hundreds of libraries and loved by generations of readers, who bought 85 million copies of classics like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Superfudge. In her first online writing class, the award-winning author teaches you how to invent vivid characters, write realistic dialogue, and turn your experiences into stories people will treasure.


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

Great, Blume touches all the bases. Most encouraging. Offers excellent tips. Seems like she's addressing you individually.

Fascinating to hear a successful writer discuss her process. Very inspirational as well.

I truly loved this class! Everything I learned was totally new and useful for me because I am just beginning to write. Judy Blume is an excellent teacher/mentor and I could not have enjoyed her more. She brought out many things that I hadn't thought about and shared so personally that I felt I knew her. The insights, the personal confessions, the motivation - all wonderful!

Judy Blume is a great teacher and she has taught me to let go and not overanalyze everything.


Sabrina L.

Judy Blume is real, honest, full of life stories and delightful smiles. She is emotional and encouraging in the best way possible. Be patient with her gradual wisdom and knowledge. This felt less like a class and more like a sit down one-on-one, face-to-face discussion about all the things she loves and lives by: words, stories, books, and all things writing. "Writing is not fun" but "it's something I needed to do, something I loved doing."

A fellow student

It was a great class! I found the first half of the class more applicable to myself because I have not started writing anything, so I gave great overall writing tips for any type of book. The second half the class wasn’t super helpful to me at least at this stage since it seemed more geared toward people who have developed a first draft. However, it’s great to have stuff to refer back to it later.


Judy, I can feel your love shining through! Thank you for sharing your passion, encouragement, and stories. This has been my absolute favorite Master Class so far. Maybe it always will be, because you've been a part of my life ever since I read the One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo as a child. And now you've fed my soul as an adult. You've done that for countless people, Judy Blume. I can't imagine a better legacy.


Wonderful Judy Blume ! Thank you so much, from France ! Sorry for my English, I'm French... But I wanted to tell you that your deep sincerity is so precious to me. You gave me so much energy. Thank you. Thank you.

Ashley D.

I loved Judy's openness, vulnerability, honesty and love and respect for books. Her journey has been amazing and I am ever so thankful for her sharing it with us. She has inspired me to get back to writing and has given me hope.

Mary H.

My concluding remarks. Teacher says, "Thanks, Judy Blume!" Please be alert to global climate engineering, which is disrupting the hydrological cycle & contributing to glacier melt, sea level rise, permafrost thaw, coral bleaching, etc. Please research & share. (I'm in the bottom R photo in this collage.) https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/9898jf-copy.png Sincerely, Mary Hollowell

Shayne O.

I did as I usually do and watched each episode uninterrupted over a couple of days and so I haven't commented on each lesson but I truly adored Judy's engaging manner, 80 wow and so enjoyed Judy's professional and personal experiences over the course of her career. I was especially interested in censorship as my personal story or anecdotes starting at a young age to my early 20's will have some quite controversial additions and that possibly will upset both readers and family. So I guess show no fear.

Angela K.

Remarkable class! Thank you for sharing your time and your knowledge with us 🙏

Della R.

This a wonderful Masterclass. Judy, you go the heart of so many issues facing a writer, and with so much honesty and emotion. It really resonates with me, thank you!

Nathan C.

OMG I think I cried every class!! She is so full of emotion and after a few classes it was easy to feel right along with her. I feel very inspired. I read Margaret as a child in the seventies and I forgot how much it helped me understand what girls go through. Thank you Judy, for then and for now.