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Have you always dreamed to learn more about a specific topic from your favorite celebrity? Well, now you can! MasterClass is an online community that allows customers to learn from some of the best instructors. Now, these aren’t any ordinary teachers, these professors are well-known faces in their field of choice.

Classes consist of “pre-recorded video content, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and community activities” according to the MasterClass website. Each class begins with an instructive video that allows you to understand where the lesson is heading. From there, students are encouraged to download PDF workbooks as well as assignments.

Students may also have the opportunity to submit work to the instructors for critique. Some instructors will also have “office hours” where pupils can submit questions that the professors will review at a later time.


In the past, this one-on-one time with the MasterClass professors has proven to be fruitful. Journalist, Kecia Bal signed up for the online class with author James Patterson. MasterClass was offering a competition to pen a new novel with Patterson. Bal won and co-wrote “The Dolls” with the famous author.

We aren’t promising that because Steve Martin is teaching your class that you’ll get you an audition for Saturday Night Live, but hey, weirder things have happened.

There are hundreds of classes available online. The website has everything from learning how to write for television from Shonda Rhimes to learning about cooking from Gordon Ramsay.


Customers also have the option to buy an all-access pass which gives you unlimited access to classes for an entire year. So, if you like the first class, any lesson can be yours for $180 a year. If you have someone on your gift list that is hard to buy for, this might be a great surprise for them.


Sarah is a Hufflepuff living in NYC. When she is not traveling or talking to random animals, she is working as a script writer. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp 

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