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Judy Blume

Lesson time 01:40 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.”

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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.



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

It was mostly encouragement for me to keep doing what I am doing.

Judy Blume is awesome. Her relaxed style of instruction and humor and absolute honesty is refreshing and inspiring. I don't know that I shall ever endeavor to write children's books, but wanted her take on writing. Great decision. Thank you MC for inviting Judy to teach a course and Thank you Judy Blume for accepting the challenge.

I'm enjoying Judy Blume's tales in person as much as I've always enjoyed her books.

I was very inspired watching Judy Blume's classes. I appreciated how candid she was & it was great to get advice from such a pro!


Comments

A fellow student

I loved it! Changed a lot about my writing approach and added good content to my plot. I loved her attitude and personality: she stayed so modest and makes it easy to feel like she's your writing pal. Will watch this again and this time work it through with the workbook. I'm pretty sure she will have changed my writing forever. That's exactly what I came for.

Lacey H.

I read Judy Blume's books as a girl and they changed my life. Hearing her share her stories and experience is changing my life all over again. I appreciate her honesty and vulnerability. She's human. Sometimes we don't think our idols are, and when we find out they have human feelings and experiences it's encouraging. The mysticism of authorship is dispelled. I'm grateful that Blume doesn't go on and on about being a nothing writer to success overnight like many celebrated authors and artists do. I never believe those stories. Instead, Blume shares her candid experiences of her first felt art, children's book, and many of her rejections. It helps to have guideposts along the way. I have thought many times, 'well, so and so was at this goal post by now. That must mean I'm not good at this." I could relate to many of the personal experiences, and writing experiences of Blume. I now know that I'm on the right track. It's like Blume just gave me directions and permission to keep going down this road of writing. I'm excited and anticipating both my writing achievement and rejection. I really love and appreciate Blume sharing her writing process! So many of the things she shared, like her messy office, or that she has a quark about printing her pages, were surprising and warming. It helped to hear about character development and dialogue. Blume is a great dialogue writer, and she had many great pointers on that subject. It helped to hear the differences between her experience in publishing in the 70's verses publishing now. The Masterclass would feel unfinished without knowing that I'm headed into a shark tank, rather than a cool lake. I'm definitely going to take more classes to learn how I can fit a niche within a genre. Overall, it was an enjoyable class. I will definitely listen to many of the lessons again and recommend to others to watch and listen. Thank you.

Joceline

I was a huge reader and have read hundreds of books of all kinds. My favorite author is Stephen King, but I have read and would read almost anything I could get my hands on. I started journaling when I was 15 yrs old and knew that I just love to write. With being temporarily unemployed because of Covid-19, I'd been searching for "my purpose" for lack of a better description. I stumbled upon Masterclass and saw that there was some writing lessons and that they were from authors that I recognized and knew. After looking over the website and what people were saying about MC, I decided that I was worth the investment. My first lesson was with Judy Blume, and I was sold. I have to say that she has given me the courage I need to continue this new journey. THANK-YOU Joceline Ottawa, Canada

Emily B.

The BEST! The VERY BEST! I almost skipped this author's Master Class. I am familiar with Judy Bloom's books and think of her as writer for the younger generation. At this time I am focusing on writing narrative non fiction memoir on my hospice nursing experience and didn't imagine much of a connection. However, I am so glad I participated in this session because I see so much of how I approach my writing and how I think about the writing process in the Judy describes hers. This provided me with incredible inspiration and motivation by validating that it is ok to have a process different than others. I cried when I heard her describe herself as a messy writer because that is exactly what I am. The things I learned from Judy's beautiful expression of her journey as a writer/author was just what I needed. Looking forward to the stories yet to come in my novel. Thank you Judy Bloom. This was really FANTASTIC!

Elisabete

This Masterclass was absolutely incredible! Judy's kindness and fun energy explaining the process of writing made me feel so much closer to the books I write! Thank you for all your inspiration, I am very grateful for having done this Masterclass and for knowing your amazing books!

James B.

I enjoyed this class very much. I learned that it is important to forever commit yourself to living-out that which is in your heart, and holding on to what is of value & importance to you.

A fellow student

I'm gratefull with MasterClass, is honest and is like a friend talking about all her work and how she became a success in her personality and profesionally. I love that she does not put aside her feelings and that inspires to be a talented writer.

MTK

I grew up with Judy Blume devouring her books as an adolescent beginning with Are you there God, its me Margaret and ending with her young adult novels. Despite decades since I have read one (yikes), her lessons were much like her characters: raw, genuine, endearing, approachable, real, scattered, sincere. There are real nuggets of value and inspiration in her masterclass. This is not a traditional academic lesson so you have to search for them at times and see how they apply to your goals. Self-censoring was very truthful and honest. Thanks Judy!

Stephanie W.

This is a wonderful MasterClass given by a very inspiring woman. I'm encouraged and found guidance to finally start my book. Thank you Judy!

Mary K.

What an inspiring woman. Great insights. When you get done with this class, you'll want to pick up the pen/computer and WRITE! Isn't that what it's all about. I especially appreciated hearing what she had to say about rejection and submitting work to an agent. Very helpful. The industry has changed and I haven't heard many instructors speak to that.