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Stand Up Comedy Writing Intensive

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Location: Upper East Side
695 Park Ave
(Btwn E 68th & E 69th Streets)
New York, New York 10065
Important: Price includes $25 registration fee.
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Class Information

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

What you'll learn in this comedy writing class:

Brush up on the fundamentals of Stand Up Comedy Writing through a combination of fast-paced lectures and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you've just learned.

The One-Day Intensives are fun, fast-paced immersions in a type of writing. You’ll get 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 one-days provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Come in to class with a notepad, pen, and desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer. One-Days are for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

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

About Stand-up Comedy Writing Classes:
Comics say it’s the greatest high. You step into the light, take a swig of water, pick up the mic, then reduce a crowd of people to a mass of helpless laughter. Sure, the risks are great – silence, heckling, complete humiliation – but on a good night a stand-up feels rich enough to buy Cosby a cigar and Seinfeld a Porsche.
Performance finesse and a good crowd help, but you “kill” or “die” depending on your written material.  First, the laughs must be there on paper.  In our course, you will develop an eye for fresh ideas, an ear for well-crafted jokes, learn how to structure an act, and tailor material to your individual persona. Whether you favor shtick or sophistication, we’ll show you how to write standup material that makes ‘em fall down laughing.

What to expect in a one-day intensive workshop:


The workshops provide beginners with a clear sense of fundamental principles. Participants have an opportunity to learn from professionals and ask questions.

No matter what your level, in-class exercises get you writing.


For those with some or even a great deal of writing experience, a One-Day Intensive Workshop is a potent refresher. While much of what the instructor says may sound familiar, clarifying basic concepts makes it easier to put them into practice.


Many people find that taking a One-Day Intensive Workshop is an excellent way to generate ideas for new writing projects.


Many people take a One-Day Intensive Workshop as a sampler to see if they are interested in a specific form.

Jump Start
If you have an idea for a writing project, the One-Day Intensive Workshop is a great place to learn strategies for developing your project.


A One-Day Intensive Workshop provides you with valuable writing tools - the tools you need on your belt if your project is giving you fits, or if the initial inspiration has faded.

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: To Be Determined

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At Gotham, we believe that teaching is every bit as much of an art as writing, and we know through vast experience that the ability to teach creative writing is a unique and valuable skill. That's why all of our teachers are professional writers and professional teachers. They know what it means to work at the craft of writing - they've been in the trenches - and they are expert at conveying the larger concepts and nuances to students of writing. And, most importantly, they don't just talk about writing, they get you writing.

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Gotham Writers' Workshop
Upper East Side
695 Park Ave
Btwn E 68th & E 69th Streets
New York, New York 10065

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Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop

(22 Reviews)

Attended: Screenwriting Intensive

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

Attended: Creative Writing 101 Intensive

Babette-Scarlett Schossau gave this class 4 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: Write-In

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

Attended: Write-In

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

Attended: Write-In

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

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: Creative Writing 101 | 6-Week Workshop

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

Attended: Write-In

Catherine Marinello 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

Natacha Godoi 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

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

Attended: Write-In

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

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

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: 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: Creative Writing 101 | 6-Week Workshop

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

Attended: Songwriting Intensive

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

Attended: How to Get Published Level 1

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

Attended: Memoir Writing Intensive

Very satisfied. Good instructor. Nice group of students.

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.

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