R.L. Stine

Lesson time 2:03 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.
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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.

Sooo worth it. R.L. Stine address a few bad habits. Such a great writer and teacher!

Overall, a good class that has taught me many useful things I will use in my writing. Worth the investment of time and money.

These are the classes that make Masterclass worth every penny. I would love to see more authors in different genres, especially fantasy authors like R.A. Salvatore.

Very impressed with Stine's "nuts and bolts" approach to teaching writing for kids. His details were very helpful as none of the course can be considered fluffy. Excellent communication throughout the course!


Ashe W.

Such a fun and interesting class. Thank you, R.L Stine for your lessons and your books!!


I loved taking this class! What a great learning experience. Loved every lesson. RL Stine was honest, funny, down to earth and inspiring! Imagine writing a story about taking a RL Stine's Masterclass and he (the instructor) begins to create the exact problems writers try to not have while writing a story. Hmmmmmm.

Iddo G.

Amazing course Mr. Stine!! Straightforward, sincere, funny, full of content, not pretencious and you made it a little bit less scary to sit and write. Almost not scary at all :) Thank you :))

Master B.

Robert! Thank U for Sharing the "Practical Jewels" Needed 2 Successfully Complete My "Original" Literary-Film Projects.

Kevin W.

I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. I don't know how many times I laughed out loud!

Amanda G.

This was just magical to me. RL Stine has been such a TREMENDOUS influence to me that I got emotional many times throughout this class listening to him speak. How exceptional to live in a time when I could bring one of the most influential humans on earth to me, into my home to tell me his secrets. Many of the things he discussed have already been embedded in my writing for years and I’m so excited to know for sure that I was shaped as a writer and reader by the great RL Stine. Thank you for this class.

Tamara J.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to share with me and every other aspiring author. Wonderful information and humor for the winding road of life and writing careers.

Tammy P.

What a great class! My favorite from Masterclass so far. I loved all the tips on specific aspects of writing a book, but I think the advice that stood out to me the most was to have fun writing your first draft. This was really helpful, as I got a bit stuck around chapter 4 of my first Middle Grade book, but have now finished that chapter and am ready to move onto the next one :) Thanks Bob!

Charl E.

Thank you, thank you dear RL Stine. You are wonderful, and so was your MasterClass.

Wanjiru K.

This is the Masterclass that made me sign on and I have not been disappointed. He is brilliant. I feel inspired. He was so generous and relatable. Thank you.