Parting Words

Margaret Atwood

Lesson time 01:41 min

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

Margaret Atwood
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Learn how the author of The Handmaid’s Tale crafts vivid prose and hooks readers with her timeless approach to storytelling.
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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.

The art of powerful storytelling

Called the “Prophet of Dystopia,” Margaret Atwood is one of the most influential literary voices of our generation. In her first-ever online writing class, the author of The Handmaid’s Tale teaches how she crafts compelling stories, from historical to speculative fiction, that remain timeless and relevant. Explore Margaret’s creative process for developing ideas into novels with strong structures and nuanced characters.


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

This class opened my eyes to a type of fiction that allowed me to combine my favorite subjects, writing and history! Certainly a 5 star project with lots of great tips.

Loved Margaret Atwood's tasks, like when writing from different points of view to determine which one works best.

Thank you for creating this class! I am in the process of publishing my first novel on Wattpad all because I watched these lessons and was inspired by Margaret's words. Thank you!!!

Margaret Atwood's Masterclass was extremely engaging, funny, informative, and entertaining. I'm not a writer, but a multimedia artist and quite a bit of what she presented applies perfectly to multimedia. Thank you Margaret Atwood!!! Thank you for your teaching and especially your stories!!!



Oh my....I'm tearing up... I've enjoyed my time with Margaret so much! I took time out to read several of her books and I'm bonded to her style even more. I thank her for giving all she has for us!

A fellow student

What an insightful author she is! I definitely have to go back and watch it again. I started taking notes but was drawn in by Margaret's skilful story-telling that I hung on her every word, forgetting the note taking! I also want to read all the books she's written, but especially Oryx and Crake is now on my reading list. Thank you for your knowledge, humour and creative mind.


I loved all of the lessons. Outside today in this moderately sized Kentucky university town, it is rainy and dark. I stayed in bed till noon listening to Ms. Atwood. Being close to her age myself with only a passing thought to ever become a writer, that doesn’t matter anymore. There is still time to use other life lessons learned here with my four grandchildren. So worth a rainy Saturday morning..

Jacek M.

It was really interesting. All the lessons were well planned. I truly loved Margaret Atwood's sens of humour. I feel inspired! Thank you so much!

Raul C.

Please some one tell me about the music on the background? BTW, outstanding Master class; without going to the Univer$$$$ity. jeje My email: rcalzadany@gmail.com

Sierra J.

Margaret Atwood: mentions her inevitable death Me: Vehemently picks up a copy of Frankenstein

Joey B.

I was so hooked on listening to her that I didn't notice the lessons you could download for each session. Now I'm going to go back and work my way through each lesson. I'll probably end up listening again. Atwood is a gem, and her writing is a gift to this world...and I'll have to tell my nieces and nephews to tell their children about that 100 tree library that will reveal her "unpublished" story in 100 years. What an intriguing idea.

Elizabeth R.

Thanks so much, Margaret Atwood, for all this great information. I've really enjoyed your class.

Marta A.

I would like to thank Margaret Atwood for all the words she shared with me. It was very important for me to hear and see your way of thinking and get so many inspirations for my future work. Thank you for your gift.

Başak G.

You gifted us Margaret <3 Thank you to everyone who contributed to this masterclass.