Courtesy of MasterClass
Claire Stern
Sep 27, 2017 @ 6:15 pm

Judy Blume has always held a special place in the hearts of young readers everywhere. Now, the writer known for penning grade-school classics like Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and the brilliant but greatly underappreciated Blubber is sharing her scholastic wisdom with the masses with a $90 course on the online education platform MasterClass, starting in early 2018.

In the 15-lesson class, appropriately named "Judy Blume Teaches Writing," Blume will teach how to create memorable characters, write dialogue, and transform personal experiences into compelling narratives through unique exercises, like drafting a personal letter to yourself in someone else's voice.

VIDEO: Judy Blume Teaches Writing

"I hope that, in sharing with you what I've learned over 50 years of writing, that it will help you find your way as a writer," she says in the trailer for the class. "As a 12-year-old, I was obsessed by the idea of growing breasts and getting my period. But there was no place that I could read about it. When I started to write, I was determined to be honest. So I'm going to share with you the practical side of writing: process, story, voice, editing, dialogue, and character. There's nothing more important than character. You're living with these people for years. You had better feel for them."

To pre-enroll, visit masterclass.com.

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