From Margaret Atwood's MasterClass

Parting Words

Margaret bids her students farewell, sharing her desire to pass on her wisdom to the next generation of writers.

Topics include: Parting Words


Margaret bids her students farewell, sharing her desire to pass on her wisdom to the next generation of writers.

Topics include: Parting Words

Margaret Atwood

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I'm nearing the end of my trajectory. So this is sort of my last shot at here are some things that maybe you, down the line, may find useful, because it's unlikely that I will be traveling the world saying these things for very much longer. I sometimes say this to rooms full of young people. I say, climate change is going to be your problem, but it's not going to be my problem for very much longer, because I'm going to die. No, you're not! I say, well, actually, yes, I am. Maybe I shouldn't have been quite so morbid. But I don't think it's morbid. I think here's a package that I can put some of these things into, pass them along without having to teach in a (WHISPERING) university. Without having to teach in a universi-- So thank you for staying with me for all this time, and good luck with everything that you're doing, and farewell.

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Elizabeth C.

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Ms. Atwood - The class was a pleasure and a gift! Thanks for imparting your wisdom to us. I think that perhaps of all the Master Classes and University classes I've taken, yours was The BEST! Thank you - Thank you - Thank you!

Sue L.

Screw writing, I'd rather listen to Margaret Atwood talk about it instead! ;) Seriously, what brilliance and wit--with zero pretentiousness. Five freaking stars.

Stephanie B.

Margaret is a brilliant teacher and very amusing. I'm glad I took this class although it certainly was a tool to stall about starting my third novel.

Janelle T.

Thank you so much for this wonderful course, Margaret. Thank you for the time and effort you have put into passing on your knowledge to others. Your lessons were a joy to listen to and follow along, and the information you have given us are sure to help me along the way. In fact, I grew quite disappointed when this episode came to a close. Your words of wisdom have helped me grow in my writing amazingly! Thank you!

A fellow student

Margaret, that was a great gift. Thank you for taking the time to do this for us that follow.

Ashley D.

This was a joy! Thank you, Margaret, for sharing your wisdom with us. I'm taking away pages and pages of helpful notes.

Dorothy N.

Have loved listening to your words of wisdom- loved your class- will listen again. Thank you for sharing -