R.L. Stine

Lesson time 1:46 min

Meet your new instructor, R.L. Stine (you can call him Bob). The legendary kids’ horror author outlines his intentions for the class and encourages you to forget the idea that writing is difficult.

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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Anyone can be a good writer, I think. People are natural storytellers. Everyone wants to know what happens next. [MUSIC PLAYING] I have this one bit of advice, which I really believe. It's really worked for me, and I think it's very important for writers. You don't have to be afraid of writing. It's not scary. Don't listen to all these people who talk about how hard writing is. It's not hard. You don't want to make it seem like it's something that's complicated, something that you have to work at, something that has to come from deep inside you. It doesn't. You can just write for fun. Why do you have to write from your heart? You know, the truth is, I've written maybe 330 books, and I haven't written a single one from my heart, not one. I'm RL Stein, and this is my MasterClass.

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.

Excellent course. Really enjoyed hearing R.L. Stine reveal his "secrets" that helped him write over 300 books! Wow! Loved his advice on the importance of writing from the first person, slowing down the scary scenes, having cliffhangers, creating a roller coaster plot -- and that the magic all starts with a detailed outline. (The course materials are so helpful.) Thank you!

I am enjoying the class and cant wait for the next lesson.

Bob is a great teacher. My biggest takeaway is to just write, and fail fast and often. He really boosted my confidence in the intimidation of writing. Looking forward to working through the class again.

The only thing i didn't like about this class was that it ended.


Jennifer F.

I just wrote my first MG horror/suspense. I have an agent who is interested in it. Hoping this class, and others, will really help me improve my writing!

Amber E.

I watched it three times in a row. Hearing that you don’t need to suffer is really encouraging.

A fellow student

I’ve been writing children’s manuscripts for years. Now I’m ready to publish and I’m hoping R.L.Stine cane give me some tips on the final edits.

Jarvis O.

I'm hoping that this class will help me with my WIP, a middle grade horror book.

A fellow student

I am so excited to start. I don't really want to suffer, I do that in my daily life. I would just enjoy writing and coming up with some neat story ideas that pan out into things that maybe my kids would like to read. Luckily they are readers.

A fellow student

I appreciate hearing that you needn't suffer or tear your hair out in order to write a novel. I have taped a Post-It above my laptop that reminds me to "Write for the fun of it".

Brooke S.

Hi Bob - I decided I'm going to write a book my sons would enjoy. They are 12 and 14, and have both devoured your books. (and your movie.) I absolutely love the idea of NOT writing from your heart. I want to write something funny and quirky and yeah, maybe the hero learns a thing or two, but lets not get too serious about it all. Thank you for doing this.

Kristel R.

I am a romance author, but I always felt the need to develop horror stories. YA is a challenge audience for me and I would love to learn how to plot for them. R.L. Stine was my hero when I was in my teens. Despite I don't write in English (my mother tongue is Spanish when writing my usual type of novels), I do can learn from the guide sheets and Bob´s videos. I am so happy about keep learning through all the classes remaining. Good luck to you'll fellows. Kristel =)))

Lana G.

For so long I have talked myself out of fulfilling my want to author a whole book, instead of just my short stories. This introduction flipped a switch in me, I feel like I can do this, and succeed. I needed to hear everything Mr. Stine just said to regain purchase on my self-esteem when it comes to my writing. Well done!!

Margaret M.

Great way to open the course! Note: one of the covers on the intro was for Welcome to Dead House. I _think_ that was the book that scared the living daylights out of my eight-year-old nephew. I had to invent a non-scary ending so that he could fall asleep! :)