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.

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

I especially liked the sections at the end which focused on personal growth and development as an author - trust, sharing, truth, connecting, perseverance, etc....

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

How lovely to take a writing course from one of my favorite writers from my childhood! Thank you for your compassion, honesty, and excellent advice.

Comments

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.

Olena P.

Nice meeting you, Juy and all I am excited to be here and learn how to write better! Kind regards, Elena