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Take an online writing class with Margaret Atwood, author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’


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Imagine this: you have just finished reading (or watching) The Handmaid’s Tale. You’re so inspired by the dystopian plot, engaging characters, and clever writing style that you decide to take a creative writing course. The first day you sit down, your teacher walks in and *intrigues* – your teacher is none other than Margaret Atwoodthe author of the story you love so much.

Well my friend, MasterClass(opens in a new tab) can make that fantasy come true – and you don’t even have to leave your couch.

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The beauty of sites like MasterClass(opens in a new tab) is that you do exactly what the name suggests – learn from the masters. Plus, because MasterClass is online and on-demand, you can do it at your own pace, at your own pace, wherever you are. Praised be, all of you.

Fangirls and fanboys everywhere can now rejoice that Margaret Atwood, also known as the “prophet of dystopia”, has hopped on the MasterClass(opens in a new tab) running as an official instructor, providing first-hand insight in the form of 23 online video courses with topics ranging from how to get started as a writer, to how to create plots and intriguing characters , in search of historical accuracy, in writing as a business. In addition to the exclusive video lessons, students will also have access to a workbook, complete with lesson summaries, downloadable assignments and additional materials.

You will also have “office hours”, where you can upload videos to get feedback from other course participants and, wait for it, you can even get some direct feedback by Margaret Atwood herself if she selects your work for review. Honestly, just being able to say “Margaret Atwood has read my work” is pretty cool.

Apart from The Handmaid’s TaleAtwood has written books such as The Blind Assassin, Aliases Grace, Oryx and Crake, and Cat’s eye. Even as one of the most influential literary voices of our generation, her videos come from a very real, down-to-earth place, which makes the experience all the more personal.


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The cost of the class is surprisingly affordable, especially if you opt for the a(opens in a new tab)ll-access option for $180 per year(opens in a new tab) (as opposed to $90 for a single course(opens in a new tab).) Sure, $180 isn’t pocket change, but for what do you get? I paid more to see a famous person do their thing in a crowded stadium hundreds of rows away where the only thing I got in return was the risk of a nosebleed, and I guarantee I paid more for the creative writing course I took in college (where, unfortunately, my teacher was not Margaret Atwood.)

Master class(opens in a new tab) is a way for us everyday people to learn and receive advice directly from the people we admire the most. (Other courses on the site include Spike Lee on Film(opens in a new tab)Stephen Curry in basketball(opens in a new tab)Helen Mirren on acting(opens in a new tab)and many more.)

Under his eye.