Want to take a Writing Course? Here’s a list of Online Masterclass Courses for Writers (and more!)

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that to write, the pen must meet the paper (or in those modern ages, we must type!). However, we must still surmount many obstacles to writing a draft, and when working on our craft, we often search for tips, advice, techniques, and wisdom held by renowned writers.

There are many books on writing, as well as many interviews of authors speaking about their works, and sharing a little bit of wisdom about life and writing.

And there’s also the subject that interests us today: online courses delivered by authors of all genres on different platforms – as the list below shows you!

And if you choose to take that path, there is no ‘right way’ to write, and something that works for someone can be a total failure for someone else! Simply put: there is no guarantee.

MasterClass Writers

Let’s start with the most famous online education platform on this list: MasterClass! MasterClass delivers online classes with well-known experts in respective fields and has a section for writing, with instructors such as Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, or James Patterson.

To watch them, you have to take a subscription, the platform offers three plans starting at $10/£10/month, billed annually.

Write a Novel or Short Story

RL Stine Teaches Writing for Young Audiences
Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing
Dan Brown Teaches Writing Thrillers
Neil Gaiman Teaches The Art of Storytelling
David Baldacci Teaches Mystery and Thriller Writing
Joyce Carol Oats Teaches The Art of the Short Story
Salman Rushdie Teaches Storytelling and Writing
David Sedaris Teaches Story Telling and Humor
Amy Tan Teaches Fiction. Memory. And Imagination
N.K. Jemisin Teaches Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing
James Patterson Teaches Writing
Judy Blume Teaches Writing
Walter Mosley Teaches Fiction and Storytelling

Unleash Your Inner Poet

Billy Collins Teaches Reading and Writing Poetry
Joy Harpo Teaches Poetic Thinking
Amanda Gorman Teaches Writing and Performing Poetry

Non-Fiction & Journalism

Roxane Gay Teaches Writing for Social Changes
Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing
Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism


David Mamet Teaches Dramatic Writing
Shonda Rhimes Teaches Writing for
Aaron Sorkin Teaches Screenwriting
Issa Rae Teaches Creating Outside the Lines

BBC Maestro

Less famous than Masterclass, BBC Maestro attracted some attention when they posted the course of Alan Moore about Storytelling.

As explained on their website, “BBC Maestro is a subscription-based streaming platform, created to educate and inspire people to explore their creativity. Through pre-recorded lessons and detailed course notes, anyone can learn a wide range of disciplines and follow in the footsteps of experts respected all over the world.”

BBC Maestro offers single course purchases ($89/£79) or an annual subscription ($10/£10 month, billed annually).

Jojo Moyes Teaches Writing Love Stories
Harlan Coben Teaches Writing Thrillers
Ken Follett Teaches Writing Bestselling Fiction
Alan Moore Teaches Storytelling
Julia Donaldson Teaches Writing Children’s Picture Books
Lee Child Teaches Writing Popular Fiction
Carol Ann Duffy Teaches Writing Poetry
Malorie Blackman Teaches Writing For Young Adults
David Walliams Teaches Writing Books For Children
Jed Mercurio Teaches Writing Drama For Television
Bill Lawrence Teaches Writing Comedy for Television (Coming soon)
Harlan Coben Teaches Writing Thrillers (Coming soon)

YouTube Classes

There are a lot of videos with writers talking about their craft, although there are a few free YouTube playlists with writers giving advice, Brandon Sanderson’s writing lectures being the most famous one.

Brandon Sanderson: 2020 Creative Writing Lectures at BYU
Jerry B. Jenkins Writing Advice
Chris Fox Writing Craft