Arts & Entertainment
Lesson time 01:57 min
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.
"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.
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.
The class has really helped me to realize that it's okay to be messy when you write. You can go back when your done and put it all together. I am all over the place when I write, so this is something I will remember for a long time.
Judy Blume is honest, vulnerable, confident, open, and so knowledgeable about writing--and about life. These lessons are for everyone, whether you write or not. They touch on the challenges of living: of finding your purpose, of being true to your values, of dealing with rejection, of greeting every day with joy. Thank you, Ms. Blume, for these wonderful classes.
I learned that the essential step in the process is to write and think like a young one and step away from the adult voice. Sensitivity and imagination and determination were on display in such a wonderful way with this legend. Thank you Judy...
This Masterclass has taught me a lot! I can't wait to start working on my next story, and the one after that, and the one after that. I have hope for my creative future and I can't wait to see it blossom!