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Published On: Mon, Apr 2nd, 2018

R.L. Stine’s ‘MasterClass’ to Teach Writing for Young Audiences

R.L. Stine, famed writer of the Fear Street and Goosebumps series of books, is helping aspiring writers learn how to refine their skills for younger audiences. The author, one of the most prolific writers for young audiences, has sold over 400 million books and is offering a new class called the “MasterClass.”

The class goes beyond the basics, with the course consisting of 28 lessons. Stine notes that he has written over 330 books.

“I have written a lot of scary books, but the process of writing those books wasn’t scary,” he claims.

The author’s approach to writing will teach students how to be successful with their own writing. He claims that the genre of the book doesn’t need to be scary for the book to resonate with younger audiences.

The highly-anticipated class will cost $90 for the online series and goes from the basics of proofreading online to a 28-lesson, step-by-step course that goes through the idea generation process to how to outline a plot and hook young readers into reading the book.

Stine claims that he makes heavy use of outlines in his books, stating that he outlines chapter by chapter so that he knows where the book is going.

He also has a few words of wisdom for students that have been told to write from their heart and write what they’re passionate about.

Stine claims, “I’ve written over 330 books – not one of them came from the heart. Not one!.” He claims that all of his books were written to entertain. He claims that writing isn’t hard and that students shouldn’t listen to what they’re taught in school about writing from the heart.

“It’s not hard work, don’t listen to them,” he exclaims.

Children’s books are a growing market around the world with a major boom in China being experienced. The country’s children’s books market is soaring, with the overall market rising 14.55% in 2017. Children’s books accounted for 28.84% of the total retail book market growth in 2016 and 21.18% growth in 2017.

The market has matured much later than in other countries, but the recent growth has led to a rise in young audience writers who are trying to refine their skills. Stine’s course is expected to make a major impact in the market, with one of the world’s bestselling young audience authors revealing his writing process to the world.

Writers have moved to platforms, such as Amazon, which allows them to self-publish their own books and sell them online. The platforms have helped many aspiring writers go from concept to best-sellers, with an easy avenue to promote their books.

Amazon acquired TenMarks, founded in 2009, to help offer a web-based program for teachers that was adaptive to help students learn.

Amazon’s foray into online instructional tools is coming to an end with the closure of TenMarks.

“We’re winding down. TenMarks will no longer be available after the 2018 – 2019 school years,” the company said.

The platform aimed to offer students math and writing on a large-school basis. The platform was highly used in schools and available for grades 4 – 8 on a 12-month license per student.

Author: Jacob Maslow

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