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Judy Blume

Lesson time 1:47 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.

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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.



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

What I like the most about Ms. Blume's class is her personal experience and encouraging words to young writers. Thank you Ms. Blume for sharing :)

It was a pleasure to learn from an author so critical to my own childhood epiphany that you could write without ego

I love the lightness of your energy. I used to play a ball game that we called Sevens against the wall for hours too. I cant wait to get started.

love it thank you for the class Judy i hope you learn more on master class


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Tracy

I've been keeping notebooks for years filled with ideas and sample conversations of the little people in my life, hoping to turn it all into something special one day. I'm looking forward to Judy sharing her insights with me.

Nan K.

Hi , I'm Nan. I am a retired ESL teacher. I am a volunteer teacher now at my school two days a week. I have always loved writing. My family and friends keep telling me to write a book . I hear all kinds of stories from my students. I will now take a notebook with me to school to write down what the kids tell me...

Kana

Dear Judy, I'm Kana taking your class from Japan. Thank you so much for this introduction. Listening to your words brought me tears. I'm so grateful and excited about learning more with you. I have published a series of picture books about the ocean, and love to learn more to describe the dynamic, wonderous, vibrant and beautiful ocean and the stories she has.

Brit L.

Hi Judy. I'm a middle school teacher and have been trying to write books since I have been in middle school. In high school, I was told that I couldn't write by a group of college students online. Since then, I have been afraid and doubtful. I'm excited to hear what you have to share, and I hope I can overcome my self-doubt.

Ian C.

Hi Judy, I'm so eager to listen to your experiences. I've written three books in print so far - one is non-fiction and two are for people 8 to 108 and can be consumed with a cuppa! My specialty is decision-making and I write to help others make better decisions for better lives Whilst I have another short one finished and ready to print, and quite a few more concepts to go, my current exciting passion is a novel that I've started and am absolutely loving it. The passion is out of the box now and can't get shoved back in …

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!"