From Neil Gaiman's MasterClass

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Meet your new instructor: Neil Gaiman, one of the most prolific storytellers of our time. In his first lesson, Neil explains why he loves to teach and how he wants to encourage you to tell stories that matter.

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Meet your new instructor: Neil Gaiman, one of the most prolific storytellers of our time. In his first lesson, Neil explains why he loves to teach and how he wants to encourage you to tell stories that matter.

Topics include: Introduction

Neil Gaiman

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For the last five years, I've been teaching at Bard College as professor of the arts. And each year I get to teach a total of about 24, 25, 26 students. I love the teaching process. I love getting to work with students. I love getting to show people ways to write, show them how to get deeper, how to learn. It's an absolute delight to me. But you don't get to reach a lot of people. The joy of doing something like MasterClass is going, well, I can say the same things that I would say to them to millions of people because I know that there are millions of people out there who want to write because they come to me and they ask me and they tell me and they ask questions and I try and answer those questions on Tumblr, on Twitter, on my blog. But this just seems like an incredibly efficient way to just say everything that I have to say to everybody. What I'm trying to do in this class, and I'm going to mix my metaphors outrageously here, is I want to teach you first of all how to find the tool shed. I want to take you down to the tool shed, and I want to show you some of the tools that are hanging on the walls of a writer's tool shed. And I want to show you what that's for and say that thing there that's a dibber and that's hoe and that's a spade and that's a shovel, and you use them all for different things. But I also want to show you where the pitfalls are, some of the, yeah, don't do that because if you do that, it'll all just stop. So I want to take you into a lot of the nuts and the bolts and the hoes and the dibbers and the mousetraps and the doomsday devices, and I want to walk you through that safely and have you coming out of that gloriously garbled massive metaphor with actually a rather better idea of how to write than you had than when you started. In my class, I'm going to tell you that stories are important. I'm going to tell you what stories are. And then I'm going to tell you how to build them, how to make stories, how to make stories that matter. And I'm going to give you some tips, I'm going to give you some exercises, and most of all, I'm going to give you a little push forward that you might not have had. Hello, I'm Neil Gaiman. And this is my MasterClass.

Unleash your imagination

Award-winning author Neil Gaiman has spent more than a quarter of a century crafting vivid, absorbing fiction. Now, the author of Stardust, Coraline, and The Sandman teaches his approach to imaginative storytelling in his online writing class. Learn how to find your unique voice, develop original ideas, and breathe life into your characters. Discover Neil’s philosophy on what drives a story—and open new windows to the stories inside you.

Reviews

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

The great question: What does my character want? Did they get what they needed?

Very inspiring. Neil gives practical and useful advice. I really liked the concept of the compost heap and Neil's life lessons.

Not only really practical lessons and advice, but the motivation and inspiration to move forward. Brilliant.

Neil made me want to write, and he made me want to write immediately. As far as I'm concerned, that's the best kind of writing class there is.

Comments

Pat L.

As introductions go it was great. Definitely makes me want to click to the next episode!

Meg S.

I'm really looking forward to this. Thank you for sharing your beautiful, creative mind with us.

Rosie W.

I'm so looking forward to this. I've been neglecting my creativity for a long time and now I'm returning. Who better than to guide me through the process. Love learning, love writing, love this class already and I've just watched the intro!

Alexandria S.

Gaiman is one of my all time favorite authors. I plan on being a novelist myself so this class is really going to help boost my creative writing.

Richard R.

Gaiman is a well-grounded writer, and his class shows it. He possesses writing wisdom that we can all learn from.

Maribel V.

My queendom for one day being a pinch of the storyteller he is. So so happy to have joined in.

Mark & Naisha B.

Absolutely amazing information! When he takes you to the tool shed, rummage around a little and take your time. Even if you know how to use certain tools, you'll find that's it able to multitask to do more that the one job. Great for the one beginning to write and those who have written for years. Always, always be teachable....

Sam

I am definitely looking forward to this class. The intro sequence was beautiful and the video showcasing this class had me in seconds. I am eager to learn and to explore and to better myself as a writer!

Mary D.

Hello Neil and fellow classmates, I liked how bewildered I felt at the possibilities of what I may learn in this writing course. Neil is my favorite author, and I am delighted that I will be learning how to write longer works of fiction. I would like to write a book in my lifetime, and reading of learning to write a novel, here in this course, was the cherry on top of this lesson.

Margaret M.

Hello to Neil and all my fellow students! Great introduction. & help me out, please: is he saying "dibba" there? What is that?