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

Teaches the Art of Storytelling

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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.

Neil is a story teller par excellence. He shares his own experiences and from the heart. From the blood, sweat and tears of his own writing. He sits in his own truth and for this I am grateful.

I have an MFA and everything, but I learned so much from this class! I find it super encouraging and invigorating and useful. It helps me feel free.

This class does something that most of the classes don't: not only speaks about general concepts (that are very important) but it shows you a practical way to approach your writing . It gives you the inspiration you may need to continue on a difficult moment. It gives you clear examples and metaphors that resonate and make you change your way of viewing writing.

The class has given me many different possible angles from which a story can be improved or revised. Most importantly, it has given me the emotional energy to complete my writing projects.

Comments

A fellow student

My greatest concern with this class, as with all classes, is that I will become so engrossed in the content that I will use it as an excuse not to write. Neil Gaiman always presents this danger as he's so good at sucking his audience into his world. I don't take it personal, but it has kept me from attending for some time.

grover D.

Before Neil spoke a word, I felt comfortable enough to listen. The images got me there.

David W.

Very good. I had some trouble downloading the PDF, but ultimately figured it out and enjoyed the substance.

Susan C.

It was nice to get an overview of what I should expect from the class. I'm excited to get started.

Kris B.

Beautiful beginning, very calming. Neil is assured and confident with his abilities to teach.

A fellow student

I'm not ashamed to say it - I love him! I can't WAIT to learn everything! :oD

Amadeus M.

Yes, please! Thank you, please!! Very much looking forward to this class.

Fülöp B.

Oh, the Masterclass I've actually signed up for. This is the reason I've subscribed to this platform. Well, here goes nothing.... :D

Kenji C.

I'm very excited! Also can we discuss at how handsome Neil look on these photos

Leigh G.

Ohhhhh my gosh I am so excited! It makes me sad that I have to deal with a day job, or I would stay with Professor Gaiman all day!