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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
Teaches Creative Writing
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.


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A fellow student

Why did I have to repeat my previous post. Margaret Atwood is wonderful. Her class is informative, inspiring, witty and engaging...And yes we all die...So thank you Masterclass. and Margaret Atwood for passing a Master's wisdom ON!


This was a fantastic course and I'm incredibly grateful for this class. I learned practical steps that I can immediately apply to my next project, but I also learned about the art of writing as well as some business applications. I highly recommend this course and I plan to review it periodically so I am sure to implement all of her sage advice.

Sally B.

I picked up so much information from Margaret. She is incredibly engaging, witty and captivating to listen to. The only comment i would add is that I couldnt get enough of this masterclass. Thank you Margaret, i felt as though you were in the room with me, guiding me all the way.

Rossella M.

Lo scriverò in italiano: grazie. Nonostante io insegni, nel mio piccolo, scrittura creativa e conoscessi, quindi, molte delle cose di cui si parla in questo corso, ascoltare Margaret Atwood è stato illuminante. Ho sentito di partecipare a un dialogo e non a una lezione frontale. Mi sono sentita compresa e sorpresa allo stesso tempo. Addio, Margaret, ma non sarà un vero addio, sei e resterai sempre nei tuoi libri.

A fellow student

Margaret Atwood is an incredibly engaging and wry woman who always says what you don't expect her to! I have loved taking these classes and am amazed by all the insights into her craft and wonderful storytelling. It has been a true pleasure to learn from such a remarkable woman and author.

Gaelle S.

Amazing lessons, I have complete the course and I want to say Thank you very much for Dr.Margaret Atwood for your words of encouragement and advice. I 'm a college student in my second year and I'm writing a book I have been writer's block and scared about what people will say about my book, now my fears are gone.


Since, she is such an accomplished author i wasn't sure if this masterclass would be relatable since i am just a beginner but once i started the course, i was hooked. Apart from her content which ofcourse is a treasure given her experience, her narration captivates you. Thank you!

A fellow student

At first I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy Ms. Atwood. But very soon I became a fan. I like her sense of quiet humor and her delivery of the information. She gave me some things to think about, good background, and several ideas I will try to incorporate in my writing. I was particularly interested in her comments on research.

Kolby K.

Margaret Atwood you're an international treasure and I loved your MasterClass! I've got pages upon pages of notes and inspiration that I'll be referencing for years to come. Thank you for sharing your hard fought wisdom with all of us aspiring writers. Cheers!

Joanne W.

Thank you so much Margaret! Thank you for your wonderful books & for this amazing series of 'mind trajectories.' Lots of fun in the midst of so much learning.