Neil Gaiman Teaches The Art of Creative Writing – Class Review

A class review written by Lee Sonogan

(2019) Education

Originally published on

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“Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened. But if a story touches you, it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.” – Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman explaining every aspect of writing is put in a way better than I can ever describe. This class is entertainment and most importantly educational towards creating entertainment. Taking this course I have completely refreshed my memory in the ways of writing. From advanced and experienced writers to even beginner writers, this educational series will be right for you.

Hinting at the information I have learnt by dedicating some Starter’s Guide To Writing to it, the methods and techniques are in-depth resources in writing and told to you by Neil Gaiman himself. Preparing you mentally, he explains what is important while influencing you to open yourself up to everything. And developing ideas from two things together to form a quality concept to be used. All the tools to lay a foundation from words nobody reads to improving overall engagement and delivery.

Subjects of the 19 videos/chapters
  • Introduction
  • Truth in Fiction
  • Sources of Inspiration
  • Finding Your Voice
  • Developing the Story
  • Story Case Study, The Graveyard Book
  • Short Fiction
  • Short Fiction Case Study, March Tale
  • Dialogue and Character
  • Character Case Study “October Tale”
  • Worldbuilding
  • Descriptions
  • Humour
  • Genre
  • Comics
  • Dealing With Writers Block
  • Editing
  • Rules for Writers
  • The Writer Responsibilities

Full of quotes, you could use them to teach anyone to write or not giving up on building something. One of these quotes says, “You learn more from finishing a failure than you do from writing a success.”. Authenticity is an overall theme with processes structuring around realities, the honest and what is truth. The compare and contrast between creating good fiction is fantasy, with an impacting reality.                

With this Masterclass being released early in this year, this was the first class I finished this year and made me want to consume more. This first one for writing, movie-making, magic and then acting, I am keen to do one more even if it is in one of these categories again. At first, I did not want to rate my class reviews out of ten but since my last review on Kevin Spacey’s Masterclass, these series of videos and exercises deserve recognition. And this one that started it all was so good that it is not my highest-rated class that I have reviewed.


“I decided my responsibility is to tell good stories, tell honest stories, tell them to as many people as I can. My responsibility is to encapsulate as much as I can the things I believe, but also…being willing to allow other points of view in.” – Neil Gaiman


• The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (1988) • The Sandman: Dream Country (1991) • Neverwhere (1996) • Stardust (1999) • American Gods (2001) • Coraline (2002) • The Graveyard Book (2008) • The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013) • Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances (2015) • Norse Mythology (2017)

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