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R.L. Stine

Lesson time 01:57 min

Now that Bob has covered his tips and tricks, he challenges you to start writing and have fun!

R.L. Stine
Teaches Writing for Young Audiences
The Goosebumps author teaches you how to generate ideas, outline a plot, and hook young readers from the first page.


Well, I think I've shared all my secrets with you. It's over 40 years of writing for kids, and I think I've pretty much told you everything I know. I think you've gotten it all. And I what I tried to do for you is to break it down into little pieces, break it down into short lessons, short tricks, just short ideas, so that you would be able to get one after the other, and then put them all together. And I hope that's what I've achieved. I hope you've enjoyed this Masterclass, and I hope you've learned a lot from it. And I hope you feel that you're ready to write. I hope you remember a lot about what we said, about knowing your audience, and choosing your audience, and getting started, what we said about outlining, and mainly, what we talked about for getting ideas, finding ideas wherever we can, and the other big issue of avoiding writer's block. I hope you remember all that. And I hope that was really useful to you. And I do hope that you're encouraged, now that you've finished the course, to sit down and write, and try something, try some of the things we did. I've put exercises in your workbook. I put in all kinds of clues. I've given you 20 story ideas to try out. Try them. I hope you will sit down, write a story, write-- start a novel, see how you do. And mainly, just have fun with it. Enjoy it. Have a good time writing. [MAGICAL MUSIC]

Take the fear out of writing

Award-winning novelist R.L. Stine wrote jokes and funny stories for 20 years before he switched gears and became a horror-writing legend. Since then, the author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series has sold more than 400 million copies. In his first-ever online writing class, Bob takes the fear out of crafting fiction. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you’ll learn new ways to conquer writer’s block, develop plots, and build nail-biting suspense that will thrill young readers.


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

I didn't know R. L. Stine before, but this masterclass made me want to learn his books. He gave me true knowledge and technics that can work. I loved his style and examples, case studies. One of my favorite courses.

R.L. Stein's joy in the process is infectious. (Maybe he can use that in a story some time!) It's always wonderful finding another Rod Serling fan!

I think this has been the best Matser class I have watched yet. R.L Stine is extremely informative and offers a lot of very practical advice and practical methods you could apply immediately. He speaks clearly and straight to the point. The information seems to come from someone who as clearly mastered his craft. Thank you R.L Stine and thank you Master Class for an inspirational course.

Every writer whose class I've taken so far has offered, from their heart, all they can of their experience and support. What else could one ask for =)


Alex D.

Thank you Mr. Stine, I really enjoyed this masterclass. It is full of good advices and important tips to start writing little scary stories or improve stuff you already wrote. After this masterclass I immediately start to write and I can't stop my hands from typing... what, wait a sec... I can't control my hands! They are tearing away from my arms! What's going ondqxeq6cfwff fsdve66 dcfsaeghtt.


I am a beginner who is toying with the idea of writing and the lesson helped me believe in that possibility. Its full of very useful information and tips for a beginner. As someone commented earlier, Its not intimidating at all. Even if you are not necessarily interested in this genre, it is still very helpful. I will definitely give it a try now!

Alon S.

I loved all the tips! R. L. Stine accurately and detailedly describes each stage of the story and how to approach it and there is no way to end this class without knowing how to approach writing a story - from title to end - to publication

A fellow student

Thank you for sharing your writing secrets. I enjoyed your class immensely. I will keep your words of wisdom in mind while writing my next novel.

Stan P.

Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Thank you for the insights and the encouragement!

Alegria P.

I loved the approach Mr. Stine confers to the craft of writing. He is not pretentious, and he gives nothing beyond his achievements and experience. I kept robust learnings about outlines and routines. (sorry, I am not an English speaker)


I loved this lesson! There are so many things I'll be able to do better with my writing.

Linda H.

Loved it. Well presented, casual style, encouraging, non-threatening content, low key. Stine makes you feel, yes, you really can do this. It's not hard; it's fun! Yay. Thank you, Mr. Stine for your lessons and encouragement. Linda

Charlotte S.

A fantastic class. Thank you so much for taking the time to teach your tips and tricks. Wishing you many more years of success.

Lydia S.

Thank you Mr. Stein. I thoroughly enjoyed your class! So kind of you to lend your talent and experience. Sending blessings and good cheer to you and your family!