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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.

Judy seems so caring and passionate about her work and peers. It is truly infectious.

I found Judy Blume to be an excellent teacher. I truly enjoyed learning from her. I would watch this again.

I wrote one book that was never published, and now I feel ready to tear it apart and tackle it anew. Judy was an inspiration.

So full of her realistic experience, both the highs and lows. Judy is enchanting. I loved this class. xo


Comments

David O.

Judy Blume is a golden gem in a world of authors. She really makes you feel good inside, and how your feelings can coincide with your writings in Harmony.

A fellow student

I am 13 and I love to write. Judy Blume was the one who inspired me to write my own book. I am so excited to learn from her.

Cathy

'Are you there Judy? It's me, Cathy' I am so happy to be here! WOOHOO!! Thanks for being here Judy, look at your smile, WOW!

Dan

It was really interesting for me to watch Judy's class right after Neil Gaiman's. There is plenty of commonalities, but their approaches are quite different. Judy is more feisty than I would have imagined. I love that she is so invested in her characters and was willing to express her deep feelings here and there about that. I work as a character designer and can relate to much of what she said about how characters come to life, and how when they are dormant, it's kind of sad. So glad she did a MasterClass. Thanks Judy!

Brooke K.

I love to write and continually have book ideas and story lines floating in my head. I am scared to start though, or once I finally start, it seems I psyche myself out and overthink every. single. word.

Amie

I'm looking forward to this class. When I was in grade school I remember reading Ms. Blume's books and it felt like she was the first grownup writer who actually understood kids and remembered what it was like to be a kid. I remember thinking she wrote kids so well, it seemed impossible someone my own age had not written those books. Every other adult I met seemed to regard kids as something somewhere between a pet and a dull, not worth solving mystery. I'd like to be able to write for kids someday, but only if I could be as true to life as Ms. Blume.

Clara S.

Ms. Blume hates secrets . . . and she proves it by telling us how her creative process starts. Thank you, Ms. Blume, I look forward to hearing from you revealing more 'secrets.'

The D.

Mrs. Blume, Thank you for your writing skills. I’m a very bad writer and I quit once I start writing but you have really helped to write well so thank you for your time and effort in teaching this class how to write.

Stephanie

Hi Judy, Thank you so much for sharing your writing wisdom. I have always enjoyed writing. But have felt a strong desire to write down a story for a novel that has stuck with me for 1.5+years recently. This is the first time I formalise my writing. And I am grateful for your insights. Thank you so much.

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.