SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- MasterClass, the online education company that enables anyone to learn from the best in the world, announced today that acclaimed storyteller and writer, Neil Gaiman, will offer his first online class exclusively through its platform. Gaiman will teach how to create stories that matter while sharing his personal philosophies and insights around crafting deeply complex and original stories. Gaiman's class is now available at www.masterclass.com/ng. Enrollment for the class is $90 for lifetime access, or $180 per year for the All-Access Pass, which grants unlimited access to all new and existing classes.
"Neil invents worlds like no one else," said David Rogier, co-founder and CEO of MasterClass. "He has redefined the boundaries of fictional storytelling. At the core of his MasterClass, Neil sheds light on what really drives a story. He opens up his process, walks you through his work -- how to find and tell the truth. For any storyteller, this class is a dream come true."
With such successes as American Gods, Coraline, Stardust and Sandman, Gaiman is celebrated as one of the most influential and distinctive writers in modern history. His breadth of work includes poetry, comics, short stories, novels and screenplays, making him one of the most diverse storytellers of his time. Gaiman's writing transcends age, gender, and background, offering narratives that are imaginative, exciting, and human. Credited as being one of the creators of modern comics, his variety of writing is reflected in his wide-ranging accolades, which include one Newbery, one Carnegie, four Hugos, two Nebulas, one World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, six Locus Awards, and nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. His upcoming mini-series, Good Omens, is expected to be released later this year on Amazon Prime. The second season of American Gods returns this March on STARZ.
"Stories hold power and impact our lives," said Gaiman. "I love making stories, I love reading stories and I really love teaching my craft of writing stories. By working with MasterClass, I'm provided the platform to do so. It's my privilege to share my tools and insights so the next generation of storytellers can flourish."
In his MasterClass, Gaiman will help storytellers of all levels realize their own creative potential through thoughtfully-crafted lessons that empower students to develop their own processes. Using a number of his most notable works as case studies, Gaiman's course covers a range of relevant topics from wordbuilding to dialogue. By pulling the curtain back on his own processes, Gaiman gives students the chance to watch the development of an idea from inception to execution, thus inspiring them to pursue ideas of their own. Moreover, Gaiman's course will highlight some of the most common pitfalls in creative storytelling, offering solutions to problems like writers block and navigating the editing process. Ultimately, the course is designed to unlock creative ideas that students may not know they have. Regardless of their medium, students will walk away from the course with a heightened mastery of their creative process.
MasterClass continues to expand its catalogue into new categories, bringing leading instructors to its engaged base of subscribers. MasterClass provides educational, inspiring, and engaging classes taught by the world's greatest minds. With more than 50 classes that dive into processes, techniques and philosophies, MasterClass helps students progress more rapidly towards their own mastery, explore a new passion, or learn a new skill. It offers a unique learning experience, including video lessons, interactive exercises, course materials, peer interaction, and more. All classes are available as part of an annual subscription for $180, or for individual purchase at $90 for lifetime access to the class, and can be accessed online at www.masterclass.com, or on the MasterClass mobile app for iOS, Android and Apple TV.
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