Chapter 1 of 24 from Judy Blume

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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

Judy Blume Teaches Writing

In 24 lessons, Judy Blume will show you how to develop vibrant characters and hook your readers.

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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 class, the award-winning author teaches you how to invent vivid characters, write realistic dialogue, and turn your experiences into stories people will treasure.

Watch, listen, and learn as Judy teaches her first-ever writing class.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps, assignments, and supplemental material.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Judy will also critique select student work.

Reviews

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

I love Judy's style of teaching. So much great advice and she gave her own personal examples! I really enjoyed her class, and her voice is so calming--she truly has made me feel that everything is going to be alright as long as I keep at it. Thank you Judy!

I loved this. What a beautiful soul and so very inspiring! Love love love.

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 quite a bit from the insightful antidotes of Judy's past through her personal stories, as well as the advice given. Such as, but not limited to preventing yourself from forcing a genre or age group, as well as to be honest and true to your characters.

Comments

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

Phil A.

As a middle aged man who doesn't write this kind of fiction, rarely reads anything close to her genre, and whose personal writing is more akin to David Mamet, when I signed up for the All Access pass I wasn't sure just what exactly I'd watch, but I found myself more captivated, interested, and inspired by Judy's Masterclass than any other. Thank you so much Judy for sharing.

Brent M.

Very encouraging...helps redeem some of the ways I've been discouraged about writing.

Susan W.

A question - there is a link in the Introduction PDF to "The Hub", https://masterclass.app.link/l6NBZM2OnH where we upload work. That link is broken. Is there still a place for students to upload work in the The Hub? Thank you.

Susan W.

Looking forward to this class. Having her as my teacher was the primary reason for me in joining Master Class.

José Juan G.

Hello everyone, I just downloaded the PDF file and I couldn't help but notice that the paragraphs are not justified. I would surely appreciate more a justified paragraph. Great introduction to the lessons, Judy. Thank You!

David L.

I'm editing a short story my mother wrote for me more than 50 years ago. She never published it because her writing teacher said it wasn't good enough. Given this, your words really hit home. As one of my teachers, T. Harv Eker, is fond of saying, "don't believe a word I say." The only thing that matters is what is inside of you.

A fellow student

Starting as a preservice teacher in 1971, I was introduced to Judy’s books, and it was then I decided I wanted to write children’s books someday. I’ve watched Judy’s career evolve over these past fifty years. Her stories have been treasures to me, my children and my students. She has touched generations with her words and characters. I am thrilled she is offering this class on writing. Thank you, Judy!

A fellow student

I'm just excited to have been given this gift by someone who loves and believes in me. Looking forward to the never ending journey of learning my craft.

Transcript

"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.