James Patterson’s Co-Author Semifinalists

“There are a lot of people who have the talent, but haven’t been shown the door to walk through.”—James Patterson

James Patterson has been so impressed by students in his MasterClass that 8 weeks ago he announced that he would pick one student to become his newest co-author.

We received thousands of submissions for the James Patterson Co-Author Competition. We are blown away not only at the quality of the submissions, but even more importantly the encouragement, advice, and collaboration we saw in the class community.

Today, we’re excited to announce the 10 semifinalists who have been selected based on their submissions. These semifinalists will receive a $1,000 cash prize and 3 will move on to the final round where they will receive $2,500 and submit an outline for a chance to become James’ co-author.

So, without further ado, here are the ten semifinalists for the James Patterson Co-Author Competition!

  • Kecia Bal
  • Lynette Eason
  • EJ Flynn
  • Veronica Forand
  • Jeff Gunhus
  • Michael Hilliard
  • Ellery Kane
  • Theresa Schultz
  • Sarah Smothers
  • Jacob Turner

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the competition and to our semifinalists! It was an incredibly difficult decision, and we’ve been amazed by the number of great submissions. Be sure to come back to learn more about the semifinalists. Tune in on April 12th when we announce the top three finalists and on May 24th when we announce James’ newest co-author!

Exciting News

We have exciting news. Since launching in May, we’ve been blown away by the response to our classes. We couldn’t ask for more amazing instructors or students! Today we are announcing that we’ve raised $15 million in Series B funding to continue our mission to make it possible for anyone in the world to learn from the very best. The Series B was led by New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) (Partner: Rick Yang). Before this latest round, we raised a $4.5 million Series A led by Javelin Venture Partners (Partner: Alex Gurevich) and two seed rounds totaling $1.9 million both led by Harrison Metal (Founder: Michael Dearing). Our other investors include: Bloomberg Beta, Novel TMT Ventures, Advancit Capital, WME Ventures, Downey Ventures, Usher, Yan-David Erlich and Matthew Rutler (MX Investments).

We couldn’t ask for better investors and are very excited to create more classes, build more interactive tools and grow the MasterClass team.

Give the Gift of MasterClass!

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Give the gift of mastery this year with MasterClass! Check gifts off your shopping list with online classes by Dustin Hoffman (acting), Serena Williams (tennis), James Patterson (writing), Usher (performance), and Kevin Spacey (acting).

You can send a MasterClass Gift Card by mail for delivery by December 24th (order must be placed by December 13th) or email for delivery on a date of your choosing.

To purchase a gift, select any of our classes and click the “give as a gift” button! 

 

 

Welcome to MasterClass

We are thrilled to announce the launch of MasterClass and invite you to our first series of classes.

In addition to the classes below, Annie Liebovitz Teaches Photography and Usher Teaches Performance are coming soon.

Dustin Hoffman Teaches Acting

Serena Williams Teaches Tennis

James Patterson Teaches Writing