Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing | Official Trailer | MasterClass

Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing | Official Trailer | MasterClass

Learn more about Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing:

In his first-ever online class, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell teaches you how to transform big ideas into simple, powerful narratives.

Known for his nonfiction writing that captivates readers, Malcolm has been a staff writer at the New Yorker for over two decades and has authored five New York Times Best Sellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. Malcolm’s unique style of making unexpected connections across ordinary ideas has compelled millions of readers to devour complex topics like behavioral economics and performance prediction.

In his MasterClass, Malcolm shares the research and writing techniques that have made him a prolific nonfiction writer and master storyteller. You’ll learn his approach to finding ideas in unusual places, structuring compelling narratives, and keeping readers engaged through every detail—including the art of the title and the role of semicolons. He also shares career tips for writers amassed over years in the industry—dealing with bad reviews, differentiating yourself as a writer, and identifying your own strengths and weaknesses as a writer.

“Writing has a higher purpose. It’s part of the way in which we fulfill ourselves as human beings, both in the words that we write and the words that we read,” says Malcolm. “This class is a chance for me to reflect on my career and share the insights I’ve gleaned in a form that my students can use.”

In this online writing class, you’ll learn about:
Developing the story
Drafts and revisions
Writing about big ideas
Profiles and interview subjects
Crafting compelling characters
Presenting data to readers in an interesting way
Differentiating yourself as a professional writer

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so the job of the writer is not to supply the ideas it is to be patient enough to find the ideas david-and-goliath is a concept we all know an arrogant big dude who thinks he's fighting a sword fight and david changed the rules but then i stumbled across this paper that had been written by an israeli endocrinologist who had suggested goliath has this really rare medical condition which causes you to lose your eyesight why do Giants lose because they can't see they're so big and strong and powerful they lose the ability to kind of properly appreciate the world around them it's not just a story about David's courage and greatness it's a story about Goliath – you can find gold in the smallest of details if you're willing to be patient we're gonna talk about fence structure research humility characters puzzles and semicolons one of the mistakes I think riders make is they spend a lot of time thinking about how to start their stories and not a lot of time thinking about how to end them knowing my ending makes the beginning super easy right totally clear what I have to do and totally play what I shouldn't do your first goal is to be clear and simple to write at an eighth grade level but with ideas that are super sophisticated oh good non-fiction writing is about going out and finding someone else and inhabiting their world and representing it to readers it is giving us a window into other people's hearts and souls and minds I'm Malcolm Gladwell and this is my master class you


  1. Stumbled upon an advertisement in Ted Ed and I was so glad I watched it since what he said is so true. Now I know what I'm doing is right. Knowing the ending prevents a writer go to writer's block.

  2. I love this guy, he's so passionate about his work and his lessons were great! It was like he was telling you a story and at the end you would realize that the stort has educational value. Thank you, you skinny Canadian (masterclass inside joke) 👍

  3. "why do giants lose, because they're so big and strong and powerful"
    …guess i blanked on that whole section of history where small nations got wiped out by empires and tiny italians got raped and massacred by giant European migrators

  4. The main point of the David and Goliath "story" was not about Goliath's blindness nor was it about David's greatness/courage. This passage is about how David trusted in God and obeyed by faith.

  5. This is not true. How do I know? Because the giants (Goliath) came from a race of giant men who were conceived from fallen angels and human females. The entire race was giant, not just one isolated illness which created gigantism. Goliath was from a line of giants, and nowhere in the Bible does it say how they became giants other than that they were. Also, being a giant today has a variety of health problems from an early age, so if there was a 'line of giants who had the same illness" they wouldn't have been able to fight…and they were much bigger than 10ft tall. David defeated Goliath because of God, not because Goliath had a theorized illness that has no factual basis

  6. With No due respect to the Jewish guy who wrote this amazing article, he should really read the scriptures first.

    1 Samuel 17: 8 Then he (Goliath) stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul?

    1 Samuel 17:41 So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. 43 So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

    Not only could Goliath see the armies from a distance and who's army they were, but he could clearly see David and his features in detail, even seeing he had a wooden weapon. I know you guys are really trying to sell a book, but try doing it without destroying our own history please. I guess one thing you should teach about writing is not inventing your own history to build your premise on. I think we got enough rewriting of history thank you.

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