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Introduction

Neil Gaiman

Lesson time 04:29 min

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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Neil Gaiman
Teaches the Art of Storytelling
In his first-ever online class, Neil Gaiman teaches you how he conjures up new ideas, convincing characters, and vivid fictional worlds.
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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.



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

This class has been so good. I have learned things I didn't know; I have learned words for things I already knew; I leave with more courage and more hope and more wisdom and even a little of technical knowledge. Neil Gaiman is a wise and wonderful teacher. Thank you.

I found Neil Gaiman's class to be of immense help to myself in attempting to kick start my own writing. Thank you Neil for teaching this course & thank you Master Class for making it available.

Fantastic class. Love Neil Gaiman's style of teaching and I feel very fortunate to have learned from him. Would recommend this to any of my writer friends.

I love Neil's books, so I'm not surprised I liked his masterclass. He's witty and insightful and it felt as if he were talking directly to me. There is a lot more than advice on writing in this course. Loved It.


Comments

Jeanned'Arc L.

I have now started Neil Gaiman's class. The introduction has left me filled with intrigue. I look forward to attaching his ideas to the spin my story. A Happy New Year 2020.

Gail T.

I thought it was great. I will enjoy listening to it again, and probably again.

K H.

I really enjoy the straightforward, conversational style and the workbook supplements.

Alexi

Having never written anything serious, this is an exciting new experience for me. I’m using this course to write my girlfriend a comic book for our anniversary. Wish me luck!

Isiah A.

I am very excited for this course and reading your comments! I am a published poet but am working on my first novel. I am looking forward to all of the lessons Neil Gaiman has to offer, I am a big fan of his writing style.

Rich G.

I started with Steve Martin for comedy. Added Dan Brown for thrillers. Now Neil Gaiman for texture. Putting it all in a blender for my stories.

Carol

I am a storyteller in my head and verbally. I'm excited to get suggestions and ideas from Neil to help me get them out of my head and onto paper. To give them better structure and shape.....wielding all my new tools with creativity and passion. Here we go...... I need this push.

Chris Masters M.

Looking forward to learning the art of storytelling with Neil Gaiman. I've a deep appreciation of his work, how he tackles abstract concepts and builds protagonists out of DREAM and American Gods... I've auditioned, researched, and read American Gods, and subsequently saw the series. Before that, read THE SANDMAN from cover to cover. Incredible work...

Winchan T.

Truth be told, I've never properly written down my stories. Never experienced the first drafts, the writers blocks, the difficulties that actual writers have been through. I just plan my stories, sort of like writing in my head. I hope that won't impede my progress in this course

Nicole R.

I'm jumping into this, I need to know my tools and watch for any pitfalls.