From evil dummies to deadly babysitting jobs, our newest instructor’s books have thrilled kids and teens for decades. Starting today, you can learn writing from the best-selling author, R.L. Stine: www.masterclass.com/rls
A master of the horror genre, Stine is a prolific author of more than 300 books for middle graders and young adults, which have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide and have garnered numerous awards. The author is a three-time recipient of both the Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Award and the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award. Goosebumps is often credited with inspiring a generation of kids to love reading. Stine has a unique ability to captivate young minds with easy-to-grasp storylines, relatable characters, page-turning suspense, and ghostly narratives that give readers just enough of a thrill—without giving them nightmares. Many of Stine’s books have been adapted into television shows and film, including the upcoming Goosebumps: Slappy Halloween movie, to be released in October 2018.
In his MasterClass, Stine teaches his approach to writing for young audiences and dives into how he creates the thrills in his page-turner books, which he compares to a roller coaster ride—fast paced, exciting, and full of twists and turns, but always with a happy ending. The class is rooted in his belief that breaking the process down into manageable steps is the key to making writing achievable and fun. Students will learn the nuances of writing for different age groups, how to create terrifying monsters and build suspense, and how to surprise readers and keep them engaged—all while bringing his distinct sense of humor to his lessons.
“I have written a lot of scary books, but the process of writing those books wasn’t scary, you can create your own universe, and control people in that universe—you can make them funny or you can scare them. In my MasterClass, I hope to show students that writing doesn’t have to be scary; and in fact, it can be a lot of fun.”—R.L. Stine
“R.L. Stine is the master of creating riveting stories that make kids want to read… Ask anyone about R.L. and you’ll hear a story about how they would stay up past their bedtime, under their covers with flashlight in hand, glued to his books, reading page after page. If you’ve ever wanted to write a book for kids but have been hesitant to—this is your class.”—David Rogier, co-founder and CEO of MasterClass
Lee is an auteur and master storyteller who has written, directed, produced, and acted in films ranging from big studio pictures to micro-budget independents. His work stands as a testament to cinema’s power to entertain, explore, celebrate, and critique American culture and social political issues—starting in 1983 with his Student Academy Award winning graduate thesis film Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop – We Cut Heads, to Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated Do The Right Thing and 4 Little Girls, Emmy winning When The Levees Broke, Malcolm X, and more recently, the Netflix revival of She’s Gotta Have It. Lee has also helped integrate what has long been a homogenous industry through his production companies 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks and Spike DDB.
In his MasterClass, Lee teaches students how to tell stories that need to be told. He analyzes his work both on the page and on the screen, and dives into the technicalities of writing stories, working with actors, camera angles, financing, and choosing music. He examines the hurdles facing first-time filmmakers, and shares learnings from his own experiences with overcoming obstacles in the film industry. Lee discusses how he has tried to impact culture with his movies, and urges students to be conscious of the relationship between their work and the world.
“There are no absolute truths in filmmaking and no one way to be a filmmaker,” said Lee, artistic director and professor of NYU’s Graduate Film Program. “I’ve learned in 30 years things that I can give back. I’m teaching this MasterClass because very few people get to sit in my classes at NYU, so this is an opportunity for me to share what I’ve learned with as many students as possible, no matter where they are in their film career.”
“Spike is one of the best in the world at telling stories that provoke and impact. His gift is using storytelling to tap into the heart of critical social and political issues, and still entertain. His films have changed American culture. They make us question ourselves and our values. They break rules and help launch careers of some of the world’s best actors and filmmakers. This class is for anyone who feels they have an important story to tell, and we’re honored to capture his mastery to continue to inspire generations to come.” —David Rogier, co-founder & CEO
Judd Apatow has spent his entire life in pursuit of comedy—starting with his first job washing dishes at a local comedy club, just so he could watch the acts. Since then, he has become the producer, director, and writer behind the movies “Knocked Up”, “This is 40”, “Funny People,” and “The 40-Year-Old-Virgin” (co-written with Steve Carell). In addition, Apatow has produced many of Hollywood’s most successful comedic movies and TV shows including “Anchorman,” “Freaks and Geeks,” Oscar-nominated films “Bridesmaids” and “The Big Sick,” HBO’s Emmy Award-winning “Girls,” HBO’s “Crashing,” and Netflix’s “Love.” Judd’s signature comedic tone, which combines gut-busting raunchiness and heartfelt emotion, has left a lasting impression on comedy across stand-up, TV, and film. Apatow returned to his stand-up roots with the 2017 Netflix special, “The Return.”
In his first-ever online class, directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers films, Meet the Parents), Apatow will share lessons on how to create hilarious storylines, write great stand-up, and direct comedies that leave audiences laughing. Apatow’s creative process is rooted in treating comedies like dramas—with well-developed characters and storylines that can stand on their own without humor—and inserting them into hilarious situations. Students will learn his process through case studies and scene deconstructions, and get Apatow’s practical advice on how to pitch ideas and navigate the industry.
“I have been mentored by many great comedians in my life. If someone out there watches this class and it’s helpful in their development as a comic mind, and they can create something that makes the world a happier place, then I did something that I can be proud of.”—Judd Apatow
“Part of Judd’s genius is figuring out how to take that moment in your life where you wanted to hide, shrivel up, yell, or cry, and transform it into a story that makes you laugh and feel a little better about the world—and then helps you heal. He’s taught a generation of comedians how to do this, and is now teaching all of us.”—David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass.
Malcolm Gladwell, known for his non-fiction writing that captivates readers, has been a staff writer at The New Yorker for over two decades and has authored five New York Times Bestsellers: “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers,” “What the Dog Saw,” and “David and Goliath.” Gladwell’s unique style of making unexpected connections across ordinary ideas has compelled millions of readers to devour complex topics like behavioral economics and performance prediction.
In his MasterClass, Gladwell shares the research and writing techniques that have made him a prolific non-fiction writer and master storyteller. Students will learn his approach to finding ideas in unusual places, structuring compelling narratives, and keeping readers engaged through every detail—including the art of the title and the role of semicolons. He also shares career tips for writers amassed over years in the industry—dealing with bad reviews, differentiating yourself as a writer, and identifying your own strengths and weaknesses as a writer.
“Writing has a higher purpose. It’s part of the way in which we fulfill ourselves as human beings, both in the words that we write and the words that we read. This class is a chance for me to reflect on my career and share the insights I’ve gleaned in a form that my students can use.”—Malcolm Gladwell
“Malcolm isn’t a scientist. He’s a storyteller who has been more effective in popularizing the social sciences than almost anyone else. His mastery is in weaving together facts with dramatic narratives to make any subject not just compelling, but perspective-altering. He’s a masterful writer and storyteller—and simply a brilliant teacher.” —David Rogier, MasterClass CEO and Co-Founder
Annie Leibovitz’s MasterClass is officially live today! You can now enroll and begin her MasterClass on photography here.
Annie Leibovitz is one of the most influential photographers of our time. In a career spanning over 40 years, she has produced iconic, thought-provoking editorial work for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Vogue as well as creating award-winning advertising campaigns. Her numerous honors include the International Center of Photography Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Society of Magazine Editor’s first Creative Excellence Award, and the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London. She has been decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government and designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. Exhibitions of her work have appeared in museums and galleries all over the world.
In Annie’s first-ever online class, students will learn what she looks for, what she sees, how to work with subjects, and how to use light. Annie takes her students on a photoshoot with Chef Alice Waters and then back into her studio to explore creating concepts and digital post production.
“I’m enamored with photography and its latitude—all the different possibilities of how to use photography. I’ll never tire of going out to take photographs. It’s always an adventure.”—Annie Leibovitz
“Annie is a rebel. She teaches you how to break the rules to take stunning photographs. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the latest technology, Annie shows us that what makes a picture stunning isn’t the gear — it’s the story. If you want to learn how to use f-stops, this isn’t the class for you. If you want to learn how to take photos (no matter how technical you are) that make people cry, smile, laugh or get stopped in their tracks — this is your class. There isn’t another class like it.” —David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass.
Armin van Buuren, one of the most influential figures in the global dance scene, has topped the Billboard charts, attracted tens of millions of worldwide listeners to his weekly radioshow “A State of Trance,” and landed a record-setting five No. 1 DJ awards from DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs. The Grammy-nominated artist’s work has spanned major evolutions in dance music, from spinning with vinyl in small clubs to headlining global dance festivals.
In his 20th year as an artist, van Buuren will share insights about what it takes to get established in the competitive and ever-changing business of dance music. Students will get an intimate look into the artist’s creative process as van Buuren creates a track from scratch specifically for his MasterClass. Aspiring producers will learn his pillars for becoming a world-class DJ—production, performance, and promotion. The class dives into the more technical aspects of producing, including mixing, arranging, and building dance-worthy drops.
“Nowadays, to be a successful artist and DJ, it’s not enough to just know how to spin records. If you want to stand out, you need to make your own records, write music, and make remixes and mashups for your DJ sets. I’m truly excited to share my passion for producing music and DJing in my MasterClass. It’s the first time I get to show you my secrets and tips, and everything I’ve learned in my twenty years in this business.” —Armin van Buuren
“Armin is an international icon of dance music. Despite his musical genius, he has stayed humble, hard-working, earnestly connected to his fans, and has never lost sight of the joy in his work. His passion for teaching is infectious. There really is an art and science to making people dance — it has to do with sculpting sound, mixing, and arranging songs for maximum impact — that’s Armin’s mastery, and he’s certainly one of the best to ever do it,” —David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass
His winning track—Here to Play—will be featured on the upcoming volume of We Are Friends, dropping December 8th. He will also meet with deadmau5, get career guidance from mau5trap, receive Komplete 11 Ultimate and Kontrol S61 control suites from Native Instruments, and $10,000.
Thanks to all the students who submitted entries for the deadmau5 New Artist competition. And a special congratulations to Mr. Puddles. We can’t wait to see what you do next!
We are thrilled to announce seven new instructors—and a brand new way to learn from them all. Get the All-Access Pass to enroll in every class including our newest instructors: Stephen Curry, Wolfgang Puck, Helen Mirren, Thomas Keller, Marc Jacobs, Alice Waters, and Ron Howard.
Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative journalist and author of 18 national nonfiction bestsellers, will teach his first-ever online class on Investigative Journalism.
As a global spotlight has surfaced on trust in news and truth in reporting, there has never been a more important time to examine the fundamentals of reporting, the role of journalism, and the critical checks and balances it provides. In his MasterClass, Woodward, one of the greatest reporters of all time, will teach the lessons he’s learned during his 45-year career and the impact journalism can have.
Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971, and an adjunct professor at Yale where he teaches a journalism seminar in the Spring term. He earned two of the Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prizes, the first in 1973 for uncovering theWatergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and the second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored 18 books, and twelve of them have been #1 national bestsellers.All the President’s Men – Woodward’s first book, coauthored with Carl Bernstein – was a 1976 movie with Robert Redford starring as Woodward.
In his MasterClass, Woodward will tap into his personal experiences to teach students what truth means, how to uncover it, and how to build a story with it. In the process, he’ll teach students how to be more engaged citizens, journalists, and writers. His lessons will focus on how to interact and interview, along with strategies and techniques for building confidence and trust. Through case studies, he will show how he has built trust with people at all levels, including presidents, CIA directors, intelligence operatives, FBI officials, senior and lower-level national security officials, top White House advisers, prosecutors, Supreme Court justices and their clerks, business leaders and members of the House and Senate and their aides. He will use transcripts of interviews he conducted with both Trump and Obama to demonstrate the power of listening and aggressive, patient, all-source inquiry.
“Everyone is a journalist. Every person is a gatherer of facts –testing and verifying them, assessing their quality and rendering judgements on truth and meaning, then communicating them to others. This is not just the life of reporters and writers but of everyone – scientists, business people, laborers, lawyers, public officials, consumers, and parents. It is the community in which we all live and fundamental to the checks and balances in society… Everyone is a secret sharer in the First Amendment…this is the final exam for democracy.” — Bob Woodward
“Bob Woodward is the best investigative journalist of our time. He helped uncover stories that changed our country’s history, forever,” said David Rogier, MasterClass CEO and Co-Founder. “He’s brilliant, fair, aggressively non-partisan, and an amazing storyteller. There has never been a more important time for us to learn how to uncover the truth and a build a case — to learn from his mastery.”