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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.

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.

After watching a majority of the videos provided I believe I feel much more confident in my abilities as a writer although I still have much to practice.

This course is outstanding! R.L. Stine does an excellent job of making the writing process less intimidating, while also providing specific, concrete steps you can take to begin your writing journey. He is so open about his process and what works for him. I definitely recommend this to anyone who needs help coming up with story ideas, or wants tips for any part of the writing process.

Thanks. I'll follow your advice and I'll write all 20 ideas. I'll do more than my best.


Quandrell C.

This course is an EXCELLENT resource in assisting writers in ALL facets genres and mediums. Also it is a great tool for (arts) educators in designing curricula for teaching young readers how to become more imaginative writers, which overall improves arts exposure and development and literacy! Bravo, Mr. Stine! #highlyrecommended

Glen K.

It was great! Thank you so much for taking the time to make this for Masterclass.

Gregory L.

I'm really excited to get started with this. I've written a lot of academic articles, but would love to use this as a way to better connect with audiences.

Indra S.

'I've wrote over 330 books and I haven't wrote a single one from my heart' I love him already!! thank you for putting me at ease, because I am terrified of writing :) even thought we have a love hate relationship.

Shane B.

I am so honored to be a part of masterclass, especially R. L. Stine's!!!! These classes are what's going to help me become an author and do my hero justice

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.