Award–winning author shares the importance of drawing from experience to build and tell stories
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SAN FRANCISCO, DEC. 15, 2020 — MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, today announced that Booker Prize–winning author Salman Rushdie will teach a class on storytelling and writing. Drawing from his celebrated career as a novelist and essayist, Rushdie will help members explore their innate storytelling ability to write and tell the stories they are meant to tell. Rushdie’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 100+ instructors with an annual membership.
“Salman’s prose is magical; his storytelling, worldly,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “In his MasterClass, Salman discusses the seminal works that have influenced him, providing all writers—even those just starting to put pen to paper—lessons in how to harness the power of words.”
In his MasterClass, Rushdie will share his storytelling framework, which is equal parts discipline and freedom, from how to build rich and complex story structures to crafting characters, researching and editing, providing a wealth of examples and insights from the global literature that has influenced his work. In addition to offering big-picture advice and his seven useful tips to becoming a better reader and writer, Rushdie will offer valuable insights on the psychological aspects of writing, including navigating writer’s block, negotiating feedback with editors and more. Through intimate stories of the struggle and learnings from Rushdie’s early career, members will get an insider’s look into his journey, leaving the class inspired by his wisdom and eager to write their own unique stories.
“I’ve always been fascinated with the universality of storytelling and how shared human experiences unite us all, no matter where we are in the world,” Rushdie said. “In my MasterClass, I hope I can help members transition to the other side of the page and reach new heights creatively with their writing.”
Rushdie is an award-winning novelist, essayist, fiction and nonfiction writer known for his humorous and often-surrealist style. Rushdie’s work examines themes of movement across cultures, modernity and the influence of world events on individuals’ lives. His second novel, Midnight’s Children, was a commercial and critical success, earning the esteemed Booker Prize in 1981, as well as the “Best of the Booker” prize twice in the years following. In 1983, his third novel, Shame, won the French literary prize Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, cementing Rushdie’s place among the literary elite.
Over the course of his career, Rushdie has published 14 novels that have been translated into more than 40 languages. He has been internationally recognized with many of literature’s highest honors, and in 2007, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to the literary world. Some of his top accolades include the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, the Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy), the Writer of the Year Award in Germany, PEN Pinter Prize (U.K.), Golden PEN Award, Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, and Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Cultural Humanism.
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