A while ago, I stumbled across MasterClass.com, and after browsing their catalog, of course, I decided to check it out for a year. By the way, I am neither an affiliate of theirs nor connected to them in any way — I’m just a fan.
What MasterClass is, is a collection of video courses taught by experts in their field – A-List celebrity instructors. For instance, R.L. Stein teaches writing for children, Neil Gaiman teaches storytelling, and Dan Brown and David Baldacci teach writing thrillers and many others. Many of the courses include a downloadable class guide to which you can refer later and which I found super handy. But, what really impressed me, was the knowledge and enthusiasm of the instructors, which makes learning a joy. They also do a fantastic job at motivating the student.
I mention the writing courses first because that was my main reason for subscribing. But there are courses in many other fields as well. For example, Annie Leibovitz teaches photography, Steve Martin teaches comedy, Gordon Ramsay teaches cooking, and Ken Burns teaches filmmaking.
So far, the courses that I’ve taken have filled with excellent information, helping to empower and inspire the student. I have several more that I plan on taking in the coming months. It’s also worth mentioning that the video quality is Hollywood-level, which added to my enjoyment of the courses.
So if you want to learn from the best, you may wish to give MasterClass I gander.
Though I’m enjoying the courses and am learning a lot, I’m not sure I will continue my subscription as the $180 yearly subscription fee is a bit steep. However, if I finish by taking all of the courses that interest me, then I’ll most likely let my membership lapse for the moment.
Or maybe I won’t.
Who knows what else might pop up there in the coming year?