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.

Every year I learn one new thing and this year is learning how to write. Figuring out the writing process and what worked best for me was a bit of a struggle. This class has given me clear, helpful tools and insight which is proving invaluable at every step of my project. Thank you Mr. Stine for being the spark I needed. It was a pleasure learning from you.

It was excellent. He's the guy that I truly admire and whose books I have mostly read. And he told me one thing that I realized I actually need to do: Outline. Lots of outlines. It's going to be interesting to say the least. Thanks for helping me make up my mind.

I learned to make outlines, write one small subject at a time, choose an audience and get inspired by beloved authors.

A brilliant class by R.L. Stine. Completely practical advice in such an impressive delivery style makes this course more than worth it.



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!

Bob Z.

What a writer! What a teacher! Bob really did tell us his secrets about writing. Including some embarrassing anecdotes. I had no idea he was so funny. And self-effacing. I felt like we were in a coffee shop on Bleecker Street and he was giving me pure gold. Right now, the moment after I push POST, I'm going to start working with a crazy title and making an outline for my next children's book. Mr. Stine, if you read this, THANK YOU! You've helped make me a better writer.

Margaret M.

Fantastic class! I enjoyed it, learned a ton, and got inspired to write. Thanks, Bob! (& if you want ten-finger typing lessons, I'm here for you!)

Joe B.

I dont know how often you read these comments but I really enjoyed this class and all the information that you provided. I particularly like your sense of humor as it's very much like my own. I cracked up with the the joke about calling your book series Channel 11. I hope i'm able to implement that kind of humor into my writing. Thanks for your time on supplying a class on here for us to take.

A fellow student

Simply outstanding. This masterclass is packed with useful and pragmatic advice to write any fiction, although it offers specific approaches if you're writing for young audiences. Bob's classes provide you with specific tools and techniques to cover all aspects of writing, from outlining a plot and creating characters and antagonists to building suspense and tension in the narration to hooking the reader and keeping him going through the grand finale. All brightened by Bob's fine sense of humor. Top.

Shayne O.

Thanks, Bob most enjoyable and informative. Yes, the short blocks were great.

Fülöp B.

Ok, this was great. Mostly I was just having fun binge watching the lessons, so I'm pretty sure that I could have done it in a more productive way. Did I get what I came here for? DEFINITELY. I wanted someone to talk about writing and their experiences with writing, share some tips and tricks and generally motivate me, and I got a lot of that. I especially liked that it was coming from such a productive writer. Do I now know more about writing than I did before? Idk, probably. But I just kind of want to dig up all of my old children's books and go through them analytically, also go and sit in the library and burn through their children's books collection, which I did not want to do before. So yeah, this was great. Thank you so much for your work, Mr. Stine. Both this class and your books, because yeah, Fear Street. <3

Dafne O.

A truly amazing teacher, humble and funny (while keeping a straight face), telling us what it seems to be many useful tricks and tips. Thank you so much, R.L. Stine, for sharing all these stories with us.