MasterClass is a sophisticated e-learning platform featuring classes taught by celebrities and industry leaders. These are the 13 coolest classes, including business and leadership with Bob Iger, creative writing with Margaret Atwood, and cooking techniques with Thomas Keller.

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MasterClass helps you learn new skills from experts in the field.

  • MasterClass is an e-learning platform that features classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders.
  • You'll find a business strategy and leadership course taught by former Disney CEO Bob Iger, and an acting course taught by Samuel L. Jackson, among other stellar examples.
  • A single course costs $90, but $180 will get you an all-access pass to every course on the site. Right now, Masterclass is offering a buy-one, get-one-free promotion, so you can get two annual memberships for the price of one.
  • Keep reading for 13 of the best courses you can enroll in right now.

Who better to teach you how to shoot a free throw than Steph Curry, or how to deliver a joke than Steve Martin? If you want to learn something new, there's really no better teacher than an expert in their field. Unfortunately, for most of us, getting a one-on-one cooking class with Wolfgang Puck or a writing lesson taught by Judy Blume probably isn't realistic. But MasterClass is bridging the gap by recruiting the greats to teach us regulars the secrets to their crafts.

Unlike most e-learning platforms focused on teaching hard skills like cloud computing or UX design, Masterclass targets a different audience: creatives who are looking to learn and gain some inspiration along the way. Advertisement

The site has courses in categories like writing, cooking, sports, and politics, and each of them are taught by (you guessed it) masters of the field. For $180 a year, you can get an all-access pass, which gives you access to all of the courses on the site. If you're only interested in one course, you can buy a single class pass for $90. Each class gives you access to video lessons, a course workbook, and class feedback - which, if you're lucky, could come from the star themselves.

If you're craving something to inspire you, help you hone in on a craft, or looking to get advice from a respected expert, you'll love MasterClass. The videos are well-produced, which makes each lesson really engaging, and the workbooks that accompany each lesson give you some extra insight to help reflect on what you've learned. You can even download the MasterClass app on your phone so you can squeeze in quick lessons whenever you have free time during your day.

Here are 13 courses you can only find at MasterClass:

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Thomas Keller teaches cooking techniques

Thomas Keller teaches cooking techniques
Learn cooking techniques with Thomas Keller

Chef Thomas Keller's restaurants, like The French Laundry, have been awarded quite a few Michelin stars and have people eagerly waiting months at a time for reservations. In his Masterclass, he breaks down the basics of some of the most essential cooking techniques, like braising meats and making stocks.

Annie Leibovitz teaches photography

Annie Leibovitz teaches photography
Learn photography with Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz claims the title of first-ever female chief photographer at Rolling Stone, along with plenty of other accomplishments. Here, she sheds light on her photography philosophy and teaches how a great photo comes to life.

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Samuel L. Jackson teaches acting

Samuel L. Jackson teaches acting
Learn how to act with Samuel L. Jackson

It's hard to believe now that Samuel L. Jackson had a stutter growing up, one that actually stopped him from talking for a year. You can learn about how he overcame this obstacle to become an Oscar nominee in this course on acting — particularly, how to get into and develop a character.

Margaret Atwood teaches creative writing

Margaret Atwood teaches creative writing
Learn the art of creative writing with Margaret Atwood

Writer's block is a major challenge, but hopefully, some inspiration from Margaret Atwood can bring you out of your funk. The Man Booker Prize-winner's lesson delves into character development, point of view, structuring a novel, and more.

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Serena Williams teaches tennis

Serena Williams teaches tennis
Learn how to play tennis with Serena Williams

If you want to be a pro, you have to practice like one. Get the chance to experience the same drills Serena runs every day, as well as some insight into the importance of mental strength in the game.

Bob Iger teaches business strategy and leadership

Bob Iger teaches business strategy and leadership
Learn business strategies and leadership skills with Bob Iger

As the former CEO and current Executive Chairman of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger was responsible for some of the brand's most important acquisitions, including Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. With 45 years in media under his belt, he knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a successful businessperson.

His lesson delves into everything from business insights gained from the acquisition process to how to use your time effectively and be productive.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson teaches scientific thinking and communication

Neil deGrasse Tyson teaches scientific thinking and communication
Learn how to think like a scientist with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ivy League degrees, bestselling books, and a Grammy award are just some of Neil deGrasse Tyson's accolades. In this course, the renowned astrophysicist will help you see into the mind of a scientist, giving you plenty of skills to help you strengthen the way you think and communicate along the way.

Kelly Wearstler teaches interior design

Kelly Wearstler teaches interior design
Learn how to design your space with Kelly Wearstler

Ever wondered how to make your space look like it's plucked off a page of Architectural Digest while still feeling like it's distinctly yours? It's a tall order, Kelly Wearstler has designed plenty of celebrity homes, boutique hotels, and now she's giving you all the tips and tricks you need to know to redefine your own space, like how to choose colors for any room, how to make a space feel larger, and how to curate an art collection.

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Chris Voss teaches the art of negotiation

Chris Voss teaches the art of negotiation
Learn the art of negotiation with Chris Voss

During his time as an FBI hostage negotiator, Chris Voss mastered all of the facets of a great negotiation. While your everyday negotiations may not be as high-stake, Voss's strategies can help you get the outcomes you want — whether it's a promotion at your job or a decision in your relationship.

Christina Aguilera teaches singing

Christina Aguilera teaches singing
Learn how to sing with Christina Aguilera

Whether you want to fine-tune your craft or have no musical experience beyond singing "happy birthday" to your friends and family, Christina Aguilera has the techniques to help you take it up a notch. The Grammy-award winning artist will give you practical tips on how to polish your sound as well as share some stories about her career trajectory.

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Dominique Ansel teaches French pastry fundamentals

Dominique Ansel teaches French pastry fundamentals
Learn French pastry fundamentals with Dominique Ansel

Dominque Ansel is revered for his creative takes on delicious pastries, like the Cronut, a croissant-donut hybrid that garners hours-long lines outside of his SoHo bakery in New York. In this course, you'll learn the precise technique Ansel uses to bake his famous treats. Fruit tarts, chocolate cakes, and mini madeleines are just some of the desserts you'll learn to bake.

Carlos Santana teaches the art and soul of guitar

Carlos Santana teaches the art and soul of guitar
Learn how to play the guitar with Carlos Santana

If you're looking for a classic, technical guitar lesson, this course probably isn't for you. If you're looking to understand how one of the world's most popular guitarists approaches the instrument, draws inspiration for his music, and found his unique sound, you'll love this class with Carlos Santana.

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Daniel Negreanu teaches poker

Daniel Negreanu teaches poker
Learn how to play poker with Daniel Negreanu

There's no one better to help you perfect your poker face than Daniel Negreanu — he's won the World Series of Poker six times. He'll help you learn even the most complex poker concepts so you can increase your win rate the next time you sit around the felt.