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