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MasterClass Announces Salman Rushdie to Teach Storytelling and Writing

MasterClass Announces Salman Rushdie to Teach Storytelling and Writing

MasterClass announced that Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie will teach a class on storytelling and writing.

A storyteller of incomparable faculties and drawing from his celebrated career as a novelist and essayist, Rushdie will help explore the innate storytelling ability and help the class embrace one’s own unmistakably unique perspective and experiences to create worlds needed to comprehend the kind of creatures that we are through stories.

“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. 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 and a glimpse into his journey over five decades, the author strives to leave 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 humor and the noteworthy blend of elements of the magical and surreal styles. The author’s work examines themes of movement across cultures, modernity, and the influence of world events on individuals’ lives. First published in 1975, Salman Rushdie rose to international acclaim with the esteemed Booker Prize-winning novel Midnight’s Children in 1981, which went on to be honored with a Best of Booker Award in 2008. In 1983, his third novel, Shame, won the French literary prize Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, reinforcing Rushdie’s place among the literary elite.

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A Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature and Author of the Year winner in both Britain and Germany, the British-Indian writer was knighted in 2007 by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the literary world, and his books have been translated into more than 40 languages.

Salman Rushdie’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access with an annual membership to all 90+ world-class instructors, including Alicia Keys, Walter Mosley, St. Vincent, Gordon Ramsay, and more.

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