From Judy Blume's MasterClass

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The honest, everyday struggles of Judy Blume’s characters resonate with millions of readers. Now, she’s your instructor. Judy invites you to discover your own process by hearing what worked for her.

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The honest, everyday struggles of Judy Blume’s characters resonate with millions of readers. Now, she’s your instructor. Judy invites you to discover your own process by hearing what worked for her.

Topics include: Introduction

Judy Blume

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"Dear Judy, I think the main point of kids books is to show that things that happen to you also happen to other kids. It makes kids feel that they are normal. I thought I was weird for doing and thinking some things, but your books make me feel OK." That's from Brian, age 13. To me, this is a class about being free. It's not as scary as you think, but you have to be willing to take that chance. It's risky. And I hope that during the course of this class, you will learn what I learned which is nobody could teach me to write. I can't teach you to write. But what I hope I can do in this master class, is share with you what I've learned about writing over 50 years. The best advice I can give you if you're starting out, or even if you're caught in the middle, is don't give up. And don't listen to anyone who tells you you can't write because the person who's saying that has no idea what's inside you. I'm Judy Blume, and this is my MasterClass.

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.

Reviews

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

I so much loved Judy Blume's MasterClass. I laughed and cried. I loved her honesty and thankful for her wonderful advice. I'm inspired.

Judy Blume is a brilliant writer and I am beyond thrilled to be taking this class!

I feel inspired after taking this class with Judy Blume. I've been reading her books since I was little, and it was a thrill to take a class with her. She's a great mentor, and I'm glad I had this opportunity.

The class was all that I hoped it would be. I'm still starstruck, and how wonderful it is to hear those titles I read so long ago.

Comments

Francine B.

What an enchanting woman and writer!!! Loved this Master Class!!!...So grateful to you Judy Blume. I still remember the DAY my Aunt Annie, my dearset Aunt and Godmother, told me to read Judy Blume books. She has her Masters Degree in education, and has worked with children for her entire career, so I assumed she would make me a brilliant recommendation regarding whom to read, and SHE DID!!!

Natasha R.

Judy Blume, your words of encouragement mean everything. I'm excited to learn more, to grow as a writer and to not be fearful of critics or even myself whenever I'm in doubt. I'm definitely looking forward to your class!

Suzanne S.

I love this Judy Blume class! I felt like she was talking to me. I learned how to write with out fear of critics or the outcome.

Lenore B.

I like the idea of being free, because I am often afraid to say out loud what I actually think in my head, but I do have enough guts to let a character say them.

Andrea C.

I loved "Are you there God, It's me Margaret" and so many others. I love Judy Blume more having heard her say "no one knows what's inside you!"

A fellow student

I'm really hopeful that learning from Judy Blume is going to help me find my creative writing centre again which I seem to have lost

A fellow student

I am excited to begin my first master class and who better than my childhood idol to be teaching it. She is inspiring.

A fellow student

I agree, Angela. It means so much to have a beloved author tell me - even through a computer screen - that I should keep writing!

Mary H.

- sending letter of appreciation from student Paloma Keza at Mount Kenya Academy https://mtkenyaacademy.ac.ke/ We love you, Judy Blume!

Angela P.

Excited to hear more about your experiences as a writer! I am anticipating great learning opportunities.