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.

Such great information and advice! (My one complaint is he talks a bit slow for me, so I listened on 1.5 speed- perfect!)

I don't intend to write for kids or in the horror genre but I have enjoyed listening to RL's process and tips and will use many of them for other writing I do. The pragmatic advice and his passion for writing was most appreciated.

Great class! I learned a lot, and it was fun.

This is a practical and easy to grasp class on writing. Useful in any genre. Loved it! Stine rocks!


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.


I adore R.L Stine both as a writer and as a person. I almost skipped his classes because I'm not planning to write for young audiences, but everything he taught me held immeasurable value. Even when I had things to do, I would do so while listening to his classes, ardently replaying every word or sentence I missed along the way. I truly admire him!

Dex C.

I never thought the day would come when I would comfortably call the man I always knew as R.L Stein, Bob. There is no course on Master Class that I was more excited to take than his. The Goosebumps series is a classic--as is this course. I believe Bob is TREMENDOUSLY generous with his trade secrets, genuinely supportive, and gives simple, sustainable advice. Instead of zigzagging the student up the writer's mountain, he takes one straight up! As an elementary and middle school English teacher. I attest that Bob's methods produce some of the greatest results I have ever seen from young writers. As a child, he made me want to read and now he makes me and my students want to write. When kids and writers realize that writing isn't hard, that they can explore what interests them and have fun writing. there are no more monsters. Bob, thank you for being my hero!

Eva S.

Thank you so much R.L. Stine! I learned so much from you and I am now ready to write. I hope that I turn out to be half the writer that you are because you are amazing and you are the reason I fell in love with stories. I read almost all of your Goosebumps books and I love them and I hope to be able to create something just as special. Thank you again! you changed my and millions of other children's lives!