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Stand-Up Comedy Writing Intensive

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Location: Flatiron, Manhattan
30 W 16 St
Btwn 5th & 6th Avenues
New York, New York 10011 (Map)
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Class Information

  • Class Level: All levels
  • Age Requirements: 18 and older
  • Average Class Size: 14

What you'll learn in this comedy writing class:

The One-Day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses. You are immersed in a topic through a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve just learned.


The Intensives provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.


Students come from all over the world for our One-Day Intensives. You're likely to be sitting near NYC locals as well as people from such far-flung places as Texas, Egypt, and Japan. (NYC Hotel Information.)


Intensives are open for writers of any level.


We offer an online version of an Intensive, a three-week Character course.


We also offers two and four-week seminars, including: How to Get Published, Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonfiction, How to Blog, and Nonfiction Book Proposal.


Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.


Topics include: joke formula, mining a subject, comedy tricks, writing for persona, the business


Refund & Cancellation Policy

If you need to withdraw from class, here are your options:

For Everything (except one-session classes/events)
For a refund or credit, you need to send an email to [email protected] two business days or more before your class starts. You can either choose to hold a full store credit with us good on other classes for a year or you can opt for a refund less a $25 administrative fee and your $25 registration fee ($50 total).

One-Session Classes and Events (Write-Ins/Take-Aways)
If you withdraw from any Write-In or Take-Away two hours or more before it begins, you're welcome to a full Gotham credit toward another Write-In or Take-Away. No refunds are available.

A few more things:
  • Simply not attending class or notifying the instructor does not mean you've officially withdrawn.
  • Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road.
  • Some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for medical emergencies with a doctor's note.
  • Refunds take up to six weeks to process.
Please understand, we can't issue a refund after classes have started, even if you miss your first class. Similarly, we can't offer you a store credit one day before your second class or after that. We understand that other obligations get in the way of attending class, but these policies allow us to get other interested writers into class early enough to have a good experience, and this allows us to offer our classes at a reasonable price.

Teacher: David LaBarca

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David LaBarca has appeared as a stand-up comic in New York City at Gotham Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, Symphony Space, and at numerous clubs across the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Virgin Islands. He was featured on Comedy Central's Stand Up Stand Up and Short Attention Span Theatre. He won a comedy award at the 1996 International Casino Talent competition in the Bahamas. His material has appeared in many publications, including Women's Own Magazine and the New York Times. He holds a BS from Baruch College.

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Gotham Writers' Workshop
Flatiron, Manhattan
30 W 16 St
Btwn 5th & 6th Avenues
New York, New York 10011

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School: Gotham Writers' Workshop

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Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop

(169 Reviews)


Attended: Stand-Up Comedy Writing Intensive

Devan B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: How to Blog Level 1

I would recommend this class for those who have little or no knowledge about blogging. Out of the 15 or so participants half, including myself, had basic prior knowledge and were clearly tuning out in the first session (each session is 3hrs long and doesn't finish till 10pm) as the teacher focused on the fundamentals. As part of the course you are asked to create your own blog which is critiqued by the teacher and participants in the second session so be prepared to do done homework. Lastly, the teacher is experienced and did her best to cater to everyone's needs.


Attended: Memoir Writing Intensive

Very satisfied. Good instructor. Nice group of students.


Attended: How to Get Published Level 1

Excellent instructor. I learned alot-Facilities not too great crowded room too many in the class.


Attended: Songwriting Intensive

Excellent class. Amazing amount of information in one day. Tony Conniff is terrific, and the course was fun.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

Its a nice introduction if you haven't had any proper creative writing training.


Attended: Songwriting Intensive

Alex Forbes is an excellent instructor. She had everyone involved and made the class quite enjoyable. I would highly recommend this class to the aspiring songwriter. Thumbs up all the way!


Attended: Write-In

I really enjoyed this class. I like the approach to writing creatively and receiving supportive feedback from peers. I hadn't written in a while, so I found this refreshing. I'll be returning to GWW for another course.


Attended: Dialogue Writing Intensive

Absolutely fantastic course, I'd recommend to the beginner as well as the seasoned writer wanting to hone their skills. Very informative and great use of exercise and script analysis to learn the process. Carl was a wealth of information and I'd take another class from him in a heartbeat.


Attended: Write-In

Jordan Rosenblum gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Stevie Brandon gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Ligea Alexander gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Natacha Godoi gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Maggie Selvin gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Catherine Marinello gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

Fran Marsh gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

I enjoyed the atmosphere, but I didn't like that we were only allowed to give positive feedback. I'm all for positive comments, but I'd also want constructive feedback that could help me improve my writing. Also, maybe we can add this rule: While listening to feedback, the writer shouldn't be allowed to speak. Sometimes writers want to defend a choice, but end up arguing with the person giving the comment.


Attended: Write-In

It was a woderful experience. Will definitely do it again soon!


Attended: Write-In

Jonny Cosgrove gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Jillian Fata gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

I really enjoyed the class and listening to very useful tips in the business world. The writing exercises were useful as well, and overall it was a good investment. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to improve their communication skills.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Intensive

Babette-Scarlett Schossau gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Screenwriting Intensive

Michael S. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

Margarita T. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Fiction Writing Intensive

The teacher, Thais Miller, was lovely and energetic through the entire class, she is passionate about her work and gave a solid introduction to fiction writing. My review is missing a star however, because even Thais' great energy and enthusiasm could not make up for the class participants, who made the experience feel more like a competition than an open, collaborative environment. Perhaps I was at the wrong level, being a complete beginner and taking the class as a basic introduction, and it would be helpful for course horse to provide more in depth descriptions of their classes.


Attended: Personal Essay Writing Intensive

Anonymous gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

Nicole P. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Urbi D. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Rachael S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

Sue M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Rianna B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Intensive

Joao B. gave this class 2 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Children’s Book Writing Intensive

Ryan T. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Memoir Writing Intensive

Louise K. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Memoir Writing Intensive

Great instruction, peers, and learning opportunity.


Attended: Write It Right!: Grammar For Teens

Martina K. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Will C. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Personal Essay Writing Intensive

. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Nicole O. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

JayJay J. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

katherine b. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Luiz Antonio d. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Level 1

Jigar S. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Level 1

Christina M. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Nonfiction 101

Celia C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Memoir Writing Intensive

Lidia L. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Memoir Writing Intensive

Mary M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Lani G. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

fahad a. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: The Editor’s Eye Intensive

Michal R. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Fiction Writing Intensive

Anonymous gave this class 2 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: The Editor’s Eye Intensive

Andrea M. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: The Editor’s Eye Intensive

Andrea M. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Personal Essay Writing Intensive

Cynthia A. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

Great class. Well worth it. Good for managers and supervisors.


Attended: Humor Writing Intensive

Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Stephen L. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Article Writing Intensive

Anonymous gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Lindsay O. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Fiction Writing Level 1

Amy S. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Humor Writing Level 1

Courtney N. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Humor Writing Level 1

Julianna P. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Memoir Writing Level 2

Eduardo d. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Fiction Writing Level 1

Brittney E. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Fiction Writing Level 1

The class was great, although I would have preferred a different instructor.


Attended: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing Level 1

Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Robyn N. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

all levels. shared stories. met interesting people


Attended: TV Writing Intensive

Kristen K. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Children’s Book Writing Intensive

Rachel L. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: TV Writing Intensive

Brooke J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Screenwriting Intensive

Jessica P. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Screenwriting Intensive

Beth H. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Blog Basics Intensive

Kristel S. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Cathy C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Children’s Book Writing Intensive

Zainab N. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Intensive

Patti M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Children’s Book Writing Intensive

Alandria P. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Children’s Book Writing Intensive

Great instructor!


Attended: Write-In

I enjoyed the format and the attitude of everyone involved. I liked the space and the lighting. It was all conducive to a great experience.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Intensive

Bim H. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Dialogue Writing Intensive

This was a great course! It really was good for me and developing my craft! I like to hear others, share and get feedback.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

May L. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Playwriting Intensive

Cassandra K. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Travel Writing Intensive

This course teaches you the basic elements of good travel writing, provides examples from published works, and gives participants the opportunity to practice incorporating these elements in their own writing. The teacher was knowledgable and empathetic, creating an atmosphere of trust that encouraged us to share our attempts and learn from each other. I learned so much and really enjoyed the day.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

Joshua R. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

The class didn't help me at all. The instructor knew what she was talking about but it wasn't made for a 6 hr course. I wouldn't take this course again


Attended: Business Writing Level 1

Francesca H. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

Nancy S. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Travel Writing Intensive

Rachel K. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

Solid low stress intro class. Good to get in habit of writing again, and have discipline to finish assignments. Some in-class work seems a bit forced, but generally good level of instruction.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

SUCH a GREAT class. My teacher, Allison, is exceptional.


Attended: Blog Basics Intensive

I thought that the instructor was very knowledgable and gave the class lots of great information. It would be really helpful if the social media class was available the next week so the students could link the creative blogging with the technical aspect of writing a blog and linked it to other forms of social media.


Attended: Fiction Writing Intensive

Anonymous gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Fiction Writing Level 1

Agata M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Children’s Book Writing Level 1

Kara H. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Intensive

Carly H. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Children’s Book Writing Intensive

Eileen H. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonfiction

Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Gloria P. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Gloria P. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Intensive

Corrie H. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

Cesar Eduardo R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Screenwriting Intensive

Jahshua S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Memoir Writing Level 1

diana k. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Izzy E. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Megan R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Grammar: Write It Right!: Intensive

Ligea A. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Memoir Writing Level 1

Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Grammar: Write It Right!: Intensive

Gail D. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Anonymous gave this class 1 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Children’s Book Writing Intensive

Lauren V. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Fiction Writing Intensive

Johanna C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Fiction Writing Intensive

Mark G. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: TV Writing Intensive

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Children’s Book Writing Intensive

Samantha D. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

I've been coming in and out of writing for a long time. I've taken so many writing classes, and I've always felt very limited. However, in this class, we were able to explore all aspects of our voice, and we read so many inspiring authors and writers. It was such an amazing class, and I've been telling all of my friends (like I've just joined a cult hahah)


Attended: Write-In

Lina A. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

It was exactly as described and everyone really participated. An awesome experience.


Attended: Write-In

Elisia B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Level 1

Jordan B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Level 1

Artie B. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Article Writing Intensive

Ilana N. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Intensive

Patricia K. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Comics And Graphic Novels Intensive

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Grammar: Write It Right!: Intensive

Derek P. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Grammar: Write It Right!: Intensive

Natalie M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

Katherine L. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

The information and subject matter was extremely applicable, with lots of examples from real life situations. Instructor was extremely helpful, positive and provided various explanations along with suggestions during the course. There could have been an element of something extra to make the class incredible; perhaps something that I never ever thought of before that I could apply in my line of work?


Attended: Humor Writing Intensive

I wish it didn't end. This was a great place for me to try my hand at writing and was almost stress relieving, while at the same time being very informative. I'd take it again.


Attended: Comics And Graphic Novels Intensive

Jordan C. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Grammar: Write It Right!: Intensive

vanty l. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Travel Writing Intensive

Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Comics And Graphic Novels Intensive

Christina K. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Social Media Intensive

Julie S. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Humor Writing Intensive

Ariana C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Fiction Writing Intensive

Marie S. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Grammar: Write It Right!: Intensive

Patricia K. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

The class was structured well, and three hours passed rather quickly. Carole was very encouraging and helpful, and our whole class was very supportive. Overall a great experience.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

It was a wonderful experience, I'm very inspired and I'm enjoying my writing a lot more this days.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

Tracy R. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Claire T. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Fiction Writing Intensive

Great class! Very informative!


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

Brian F. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

I really enjoyed this class! We had a good group of people, the teacher was knowledgeable and the writing exercises were really useful. This class also exposed me to a lot of new authors. It's great for anyone just getting started in the world of writing.


Attended: Blog Basics Intensive

Alyaa S. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

great for my attention span to have 15 minutes intensive writing and sharing straight away afterwards. Very good practice and insightful to hear positive feedback. I like to social aspect as it makes it less like a class but hard work is done nevertheless!


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

Ellen L. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

Great group of folks and I loved the size of the class! I will definitely be going back.


Attended: Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonfiction

Great, knowledgable and fun teacher and good structure. I learned a lot in just two sessions. It is what you make it - be sure to participate and ask questions that apply to you and your field/style of writing.


Attended: TV Writing Intensive

Nicollette B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Nonfiction 101

Bailey P. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonfiction

Patricia K. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

Pasquale R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

It was awesome!


Attended: Fiction Writing Level 1

Loved it!


Attended: Write-In

kerry s. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Business Writing Intensive

Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Article Writing Level 1

Zoe V. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Write-In

The teacher gave very good feed back on our writing. The class was helpful. I do prefer smaller groups though. But I should have checked how large the group was. Thank you


Attended: Screenwriting Intensive

Arthur W. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Screenwriting Intensive

I gained a lot of useful and practical tools for working on my first screenplay. Great overview of structure. Jeremy was delightful and engaging.


Attended: Children’s Book Writing Intensive

Good class, learned alot


Attended: Children’s Book Writing Intensive

Gary R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Grammar: Write It Right!: Intensive

Great class, which I highly recommended. I found the materials very helpful, easy to understand and filled with easy to understand examples. Worth keeping and will definitely refer to it often.


Attended: Dialogue Writing Intensive

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Fiction Writing Intensive

bonnie h. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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