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.

R. L. Stine's lectures are clear and concise. I bought the class because I want to have a better grasp on how to outline, and after listening to the process he uses (coupled with examples), I should be able to do it.

i loved learning from him, he was easy to listen to and his ideas made me think of my own writing.

I really learned a lot more about writing not only for kids, but writing scary stories and still being able to have fun with them. Bob was really informative when it came to how to create a mystery and going back through a story to weave in false leads and plant ideas. Lots of great information.

I love his practical advice when it comes to outlining and how he's able to write so many books.


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!

Tara M.

I loved it! I grew up reading R.L. Stine books, and—now that I write stories of my own—it has been such a treat to listen to Stine talk about his work and share his process with me. What an amazing opportunity—thank you!

Tamara M.

What an incredible group of instructors here on Masterclass. And yet, this remains my favorite.

Jake E.

I took this MasterClass because I've always been passionate about writing and am aspiring to get into it myself, so I wanted to compare thoughts I've already had, with that of a professional author. I was not disappointed in what I got. I found much similarity with R.L. Stine's knowledge on writing and it was actually interesting with how often we were, to make a pun, on the same page! This class was as educational as it was fun to take and compare previous thoughts with how in-line Bob's thoughts were with mine. I honestly didn't really learn anything new, but rather, he taught me how to improve a couple techniques I already knew, such as outlining your book, knowing how to find your place in the genre you want to write for, and how important it is to better know your audience. Despite the fact that I didn't learn much new information, I can see many aspiring writers who don't know the same things, learning a lot. In that sense, this class was informative, fun, and it can and will be a useful tool for those who want to get into writing. Thank you for the experience, Mr. Stein – I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Jim M.

This lesson and the whole course were really fantastic. Bob is very funny, I didn't know his sense of humor was so great. I loved the magazine Bananas when I was in school, I didn't realize he did it. Like he describes his books, this course was a page turner. The lessons were so nice and concise, I did a coupe at a time in some sittings. I think many of the teaching points he made can help any type of writer. I really liked hearing from an author who's work is such a big influence. I think it was really great he took time to do the class and share his knowledge.

Al Argo

Loved this class! I laughed, I learned, I laughed some more. I have a new nickname for R.L. Stine. "Really Likable" Stine. - Al Argo www.alargo.tv


I hated to see this class end and may have to rewatch the whole thing, next time taking some notes. I'm not a writer, but found his process fascinating and really quite brilliant in its simplicity. After reading The Haunted Mask to get a taste of his work, I'll testify that Bob knows how to terrify. Seriously rattled. All the technical information on crafting a story, made so much sense, that it almost seemed easy. Almost. One still has to sit down and start to work! Bob had me completely entertained and found myself grinning through many of his classes. I loved the personal stories. Thank you, Bob.You Rock!


R.L. Stine was one of my favorite authors growing up, and I was so excited to take this Masterclass. It didn't disappoint. He had a lot of great information for aspiring writers, and was fun to listen to. You can tell how much he loves what he does. Thank you, RL Stine!

Jacob M.

I absolutely loved this entire course and it made me feel a lot more comfortable and relaxed starting out. The only thing that makes me overthink and become stressed out is the difficulty of getting published after I have a good draft. I am not really sure how to go about it at all. I am leaning more towards older chapter books but I could still end up doing middle grade. I would appreciate any responses from anyone and thank you RL Stine for this amazing course!!!

Meg N.

R.L. Stein has given me greater respect for teen fiction... in addition to all his wisdom on writing, and having a writing career. I can feel all the pieces coming together, slowly... not yet in place however. Very thankful to have this chance to take this class!!