Chapter 2 of 24 from Judy Blume

Judy’s Childhood

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Judy was an anxious kid and used stories she invented as companions and a creative outlet. Hear her talk about the early beginnings of her rich imagination.

Topics include: Two Judys • Stories as Company

Judy was an anxious kid and used stories she invented as companions and a creative outlet. Hear her talk about the early beginnings of her rich imagination.

Topics include: Two Judys • Stories as Company

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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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.

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

Judy Blume speaks from the heart, her passion for her words, her belief in her words reminds us to write from our heart, write what we want to read, and read read read. I go back to my work in progress with renewed honesty in my own abilities and words. Thank you Judy!

Judy has taught me valuable fundamentals that I can take with me on my writing journey always. Hopefully I'll have the long and successful career she's enjoyed.

Judy's class encouraged me to write stories I didn't think I could write. I expanded my writing style and really enjoyed it! I also learned a lot about the writing, printing and publishing process. I really felt like I got to know Judy Blume. I also read a lot of her 'children's books' that I had never read as a kid. It was a wonderful class!

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.

Comments

Phil A.

What an incredible lesson. I absolutely love the way she shares her childhood thoughts . They too go right to my heart, as I was an only child, filled with stories as well.

A fellow student

I feel a connection to Judy with this chapter. As well as the other students who have posted, I was shy and spent majority of my time living in my head, imagining different things. Writing was able to help me get those thoughts on paper and have fun with them! They kept me company during a rather lonely childhood which I am grateful for.

Neil G.

I liked that lesson. two a lot . I gues we all had active imaginations as children. I very much did and I lived a private inner life of imaginary creatures and bringing objects into character . I grew up as the youngest of four ina busy household . So I was kinda left to my imagination. Now at 62 I want to invigorate it with drive and purpose and finally get writing . Thanks Judy and all who have posted .

A fellow student

I can relate to Judy’s childhood because I am very curious and shy. My worst nightmare is someone judging me and thinking I’m weird.

Sarah T.

This is a great lesson. I was like that as a child to. I would always sneak off and make up stories in my head all the time about characters from my favorite TV show and I started writing them out when I was about 12. I also was (and still am quite a bit) very anxious and I to wanted to be normal and fit in. I am loving this lesson so much!

A fellow student

A great beginning always starts with a memory. Childhood for me was seeking freedom. I treasured my alone time. In those moments I chased rainbows, explored the neighborhood, and studied nature. Looking back I am still that litttle girl seeking that elusive butterfly.

Eric P.

I was an outgoing kid. My parents - especially my dad - were not especially outgoing. One thing I remember clearly was a time when I was five. We were at church, and a woman bent down to speak with me eye to eye, and what she really wanted to know was if I was going to "follow in my father's footsteps" and join the Navy. I was panicked. I knew that the right answer was yes, but I also knew, even then, that I would never enlist. I stammered for a moment before I felt my father's hand on my shoulder. "Not this kid," he said. The woman looked shocked and bewildered, because of course I would want to join the Navy someday, and any father who loved his son would encourage this. But Dad kept his hand on my shoulder, and I knew that he loved me and supported me - not as a carbon copy of himself, but as my own, weird, not-cut-out-for-the-Navy little person. It strikes me as I write all of this down that I might have invented this story in my own mind, but wow, I hope not.

Maggie M.

I was the youngest of four children and found I was never lonely because of the stories and ideas in my head.

A fellow student

I remember being pretty quiet as a small child, and I remember feeling afraid to speak to people outside of my home, because I was afraid that they would think lowly of me. Those who know me as an adult would find it difficult or even impossible to believe either of those things about me. There was a lot of fighting that went on between my parents in the house, so I spent a great deal of time outdoors. A creek, a lake, and the Mississippi river were all within one block of my childhood home, so I spent much time fishing. During that time, I often read or made up stories of my own. I've written enough now, that I can recognize my own darkly comedic style, and that's the part of writing that I enjoy most.

Yeri M.

I was very shy as a kid. I had many friends until the age of 6, when I moved from the Dominican Republic to NYC. Until then, I simply just had friends and didn't know how to make new ones. I often kept to myself - Checking out books from the library and creating forts in the living room as I let my imagination soar. As an adult, not much has changed. I am told that I am very outgoing and social, when in reality, a big part of me loves to get lost in my head.

Transcript

What was I like as a child? Well, it's funny because I always ask writers when I meet them, what were you like as a child, because I'm so curious. I was very small. I was anxious, but I was also, I like to make people laugh. Tremendously curious and imaginative. And I think, that's the big thing. The imagination never stopped. The stories that were inside my head, I kept a secret because I was afraid if I told anyone, guess what I have inside my head, they would think I was crazy. So this was something that was just for me. I don't know what my mother thought because I could spend hours outside when I was eight years old, bouncing a pink Spalding rubber ball against the side of the brick house-- red brick house. And I would do it for two hours before dinner, and, of course, I wasn't just bouncing a ball. I was running the stories inside my head-- wonderful stories, mellow dramatic stories. And I loved them. And I was never lonely. I had friends, and I loved being with my friends, but this was my special time alone to be with my stories. So that's why I'm so curious about, what were other writers like as children. I was fearful. I was very fearful. A lot of the things that my mother was afraid of, I was afraid of, but for instance, there was a church a few blocks away and when we were in the car-- and I was very small, maybe three, maybe four-- I was terrified of the stained glass window. I called it, the lady with no face. And my mother-- it's really funny because she didn't judge me on this. She just said, it's coming, and I would duck down in the front. We didn't have seat belts or car seats then. I would go down on the floor and cover my face. And she would say, it's OK. We've passed. And she never questioned me about this. It was just, Judy is afraid of the lady with no face. Judy is afraid of dogs. Judy is afraid of thunder and lightning-- which I'm still phobic about. But all kinds of things. And surely, it was that imagination-- what was it about the lady with no face that was so frightening? So I was that kind of child-- fearful, anxious, but also, a performer. Kind of two Judys-- two sides of one little girl. [MUSIC PLAYING] When I took piano lessons-- and I loved taking piano lessons-- I made my practice sessions much more exciting for me by keeping a notebook. And I invented a group of students that I had. I gave them names. I gave them what I now know, are back stories, but I had no idea then I was like 10 or 11 years old. And so when I practiced, I practiced as not as Judy, but as one of my students. And some of them were terrible. And I had to write that down in the notebook and some of them were better. And again, they each had sessions. They continued. I kept that notebook with my students and continued to see them as their teacher for a long time. I never s...