Skillshare offers access to thousands of online classes for $99 a year — I took a writing course led by one of my favorite authors

Skillshare offers access to thousands of online classes for $99 a year — I took a writing course led by one of my favorite authors

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  • Skillshare is an online platform that provides access to over 25,000 adult learning courses — many taught by prestigious contemporaries in their respective fields.
  • The courses are curated for both lifelong learning and building new career skills. I bought a membership because one of my favorite authors was offering a course, and you can read about my experience below.
  • If you’re a new user, you can get started with a free month here. After, it’s $15 monthly or $99 in one annual payment ($8.25 per month). There are also volume discounts for teams that sign up together.
  • Check out edX, Udemy, Coursera, MasterClass, and CreativeLive for more online classes. Get a quick rundown on each here.

As college tuitions skyrocket to the most expensive they’ve ever been, online learning resources are popping up to fill the widening chasm.

Whether it’s picking up a hard or soft skill needed to catch a hiring manager’s eye, jump-starting your recreational creativity, or actually earning a master’s degree from one of the top universities in the US, online platforms are helping democratize higher learning for a fraction of the cost required to enroll in universities.

Of those many online resources, Skillshare may be one of the most exciting.

Like a ClassPass for learning, a Skillshare membership gives you unlimited access to over 25,000 adult learning courses across thousands of disciplines — perfect for advancing your career or learning a new hobby. Classes range from beginner to expert and fall into categories like design, illustration, business, technology, photo and film, entrepreneurship, and writing — and you can sign up for multiple without any extra charge.

Each class is comprised of short lessons and a hands-on project, and you can share the project with your class to get feedback from peers or collaborate with the community.

It’s free for the first month for new users. After that, it’s $15 monthly or $99 in one annual payment ($8.25 per month) for individuals. There are also volume discounts for teams that sign up together, and, in like with the mission of making learning accessible, students can get 50% off a Premium Membership with a valid .edu email address. And for every annual Premium Membership purchased, the site donates one to someone in financial need.

I started my own Skillshare membership because one of my all-time favorite authors, Roxane Gay (best known for “Bad Feminist” and “Hunger”), publicized that she was hosting a Personal Essays with Impact class on the site. If I had completed Gay’s course in the month-long span of the free trial, then I hypothetically could have taken a class curated by a prestigious author and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts completely for free. In actuality, I adopted a slower pace and eventually decided to commit to the full year.

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Blake