Judy Blume is an inspiring writer, and thousands of new writers aspire to be like her. Luckily for us, a while ago she joined other legends in the literary world who organize writing classes. Judy’s lessons from MasterClass are for beginners and all writers hoping to perfect their writing skills.
The following article review’s Judy Blume’s MasterClass; so, if you are looking to sign up for this talented woman’s class but want to know what to expect beforehand, then keep reading.
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- Course: Judy Blume Teaches Writing (MasterClass)
- Who’s it For? Beginners through to all levels. Particularly great for writers of children’s books
- Cost: US$90 for the single class or All Access Pass $180 per year
- Duration: 24 Lessons (>5 hours)
- Community: Able to ask Judy questions, and get answers (within office hours). Some critiques available
- Guarantee: 30 Days Full Refund. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.
- Rating: 9/10
If you are interested in purchasing this course, please remember that for only $180 per year, you can get the All Access Pass, and get the other excellent writing courses by James Patterson, R.L. Stine, Aaron Sorkin, and the recently added Margaret Atwood MasterClass.
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So Who is Judy Blume?
Not everyone knows Judy Blume, but every writer who writes books for little ones, children, or young adults would definitely benefit from listening to what Judy has say, and is willing to teach.
Judy has authored a number of books which include; ‘Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,’ ‘Tiger Eyes,’ ‘Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret,’ ‘In the Unlikely Event,’ ‘It’s Not the End of the World,’ ‘Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson,’ ‘Smart Women,’ ‘Wifey,’ and many more riveting stories.
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret and a couple of her other books were some of my first books read as a child, and they still linger in my mind today. She has a touching, resonating voice, which truly reaches into the souls of children.
What You Get…
Anyone who wants to be a part of Judy Blume’s MasterClass would have to pay the sum of $90. This is fair enough, to be honest. Not only is this woman an authority in her field, but her teachings are also very straightforward, and the classes are divided into twenty-four different parts for easier understanding.
The MasterClass is taken online in video format. The lessons are divided into 24 parts and for a good reason; every word she says needs to sink in. Therefore, after each lesson, you can take your time to understand it before the next class. Each video lasts for about 15 to 20 minutes. Altogether, the MasterClass is just over five hours.
You’ll also have access to a student community online.
Each student also gets lots of homework in a downloadable workbook to practice with.
What’s more, as a student of Judy’s MasterClass, you will be able to ask her questions during her office hours and have them answered. Judy will also critique select student’s work.
What You’ll Be Learning
Judy breaks down the fundamentals of how to write, within the following categories Process, Story, Voice, Editing, Dialogue, and Character:
She talks about how to go about crafting an interesting plot, one factor that gives many writers sleepless nights.
Judy also shares in-depth knowledge of writing dialogue that would keep readers spellbound and make writers’ books intriguing.
She gives a step by step description of the processes involved when she wants to write. In addition, students will be taught how to go about the submission of drafts and manuscripts. They would be told the things to look out for before hiring an editor.
Rejection is one thing writer’s dread, but unfortunately, almost every writer would experience it at some point. So Judy teaches how to handle it and come out stronger. Another thing some writers could experience is scandals or controversy. Judy covers that base in her MasterClass too.
She also talks about censorship, getting books into the market, creating unique designs for book covers and so much more.
Writing For Children, and All Genres…
Despite the fact that Judy Blume’s audience is mostly young people, her writing lessons cover all genres. This means that whether you write mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, for the old or for in-betweeners, this MasterClass is for you.
Getting In Touch With The Younger You
One other fundamental lesson that Judy teaches is how to get in touch the younger you. This is something else that sets her apart from her counterparts. She becomes the characters in every one of her books. Her book, ‘Forever’ would make anyone reading it believe that it was written by a teenager. ‘Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret’ would fool a reader into thinking that it was written by a twelve-year-old. The same applies to all her stories.
According to her, “We’re not an adult telling children a story about being a kid. We are that kid.”
There are questions and exercises on how to get in touch with the younger you. And those that cannot do so do not need to worry; Judy suggests different methods for being the kid, as a writer for young people. Of course, writers for different genres can apply these suggestions to their kind of writing.
Is It Worth It?
This review just touches the surface of what Judy Blume’s MasterClass really has to offer. You really just have to see for yourself, and thankfully, MasterClass has a full 30-day refund, so it’s pretty much risk-free 🙂
Judy’s class is a must-watch for every writer who wants to leave a mark and especially for those writers of children fiction.
We rate Judy’s MasterClass at 9 out of 10 for this reason, and for all the inspiration and drive she delivers to you through the course.
**Don’t forget that if you’re interested in this course, you may like other writing classes from MasterClass, making the All Access Pass definitely worth the cost.
Judy Blume Teaches Writing MasterClass
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