Cameron Diaz

In this digital self-help age, just how effective are MasterClass's A-list celebrity workshops?

In this digital self-help age, just how effective are MasterClass's A-list celebrity workshops?

Kecia Bal wasn’t looking to write the Great American Novel when she signed up for James Patterson’s online class.

She already had a successful career as a business reporter, covering local companies and entrepreneurs at the Tribune-Democrat, a newspaper in Johnstown, Pa., with circulation around 30,000. In fact, her schedule was so packed that after she paid for the $90 MasterClass taught by the bestselling author, she realized she’d have time for the coursework only after midnight.

“I thought if I could just learn one new trick or some new way to approach the way I write, it would be worth all the time investment,” Bal, now 33, recalls.

The journalist got a lot more...

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