This incredible online writing course is now taught by Margaret Atwood

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Emily Reynolds
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Margaret Atwood is famous for her dystopian fiction – and now you can have the chance to learn from her expertise. 

We’ve long admired Margaret Atwood’s career – author of novels, short fiction collections, poetry, non-fiction, children’s books, graphic novels, scripts and more, it’s clear that Atwood can turn her brilliant hand to absolutely anything she wants.

We are not worthy, obviously. But if you want some of that Atwood charm to rub off on you, you’re in luck – because she’s now launched an online creative writing class. 

Hosted on platform Masterclass, where you can also purchase courses from screenwriter David Mamet, chef Gordon Ramsay and photographer Annie Leibovitz, the class promises to teach students how Atwood “crafts compelling stories – from historical to speculative fiction – that remain timeless and relevant”. 

“Explore Margaret’s creative process for developing ideas into novels with strong structures and nuanced characters,” the course blurb reads. 

Students will receive Atwood’s analysis of “literary classics and [her own] work”, a downloadable workbook and a copy of the first draft of The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace.

Some students will even get the opportunity to get Atwood’s critique on their work. 

“When I wrote The Handmaid’s Tale, nothing went into it that had not happened in real life somewhere at some time,” Atwood explains in the promo. “The reason I made that rule is that I didn’t want anybody saying, ‘You certainly have an evil imagination, you made up all these bad things.’

“I didn’t make them up.”

The course is price between $90 (£70) and $180 (£135). You can sign up here – count us in.

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