So I've recently started watching some of the videos for the James Patterson's MasterClass series, and I must say...
MasterClass advertises itself as the following:
MasterClass offers online classes created for students of all skill levels. Our instructors are the best in the world.
The series is taught by none other than James Patterson himself... and one of the things I enjoy most is that each video is fairly short and concise, dealing with whatever topic is at hand. For example: Plotting, or Outlining.
The video is constructed in a way which feels authentic and, I don't know if this is the right word for it... but "cozy". There are a few obvious set pieces they alternate between, a room that looks like a living room, and a bar-like area. Patterson is dressed casually and addressing the camera straight on. I've included the trailer below just so you can get a sort of idea about the cozy and genuine feel the course offers.
As you can see, the video is pretty well done and professional. Patterson is very engaging and seems to do a great job making you feel like he made the video just for you. Although some of the things he mentions may seem very much like common sense, it makes for a great pep talk and is very encouraging. I'm enjoying them greatly so far.
You can check out the other MasterClass courses here. I recommend this to any writer or anyone who wants to just learn something new! Albeit you can find the course videos through torrent or youtube I'm sure, I think it is worth paying for a product if you enjoy it.
Have any of you had experience with this MasterClass or any other MasterClass? Tell me about it below!
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In the future I plan to have a set schedule for posting about other writing-related things, or topics in my interest field such as Table Top War Gaming and Video Games.
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Matthew Taylor was born February 13, 1991 in Simi Valley, California. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from California State University Channel Islands, where he served as treasurer and briefly President of one of the campus's two political clubs. While earning his degree he continued to write and hone his craft, eventually releasing an initial few short stories on Kindle.