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Fiction Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop

at Gotham Writers' Workshop - Hell's Kitchen

Course Details
$460 $230 6 seats left
Start Date:

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00pm - Sep 18, 5:00pm (10 sessions)

Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
555 8th Ave Ste 1402
Between W 37th & W 38th Streets
New York, New York 10018
Price includes $25 registration fee.
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14
Teacher: Nelsie Spencer

What you'll learn in this creative writing class:

This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of fiction craft and gets you writing a short story (or two) or a novel.

Course components:
  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)
Fiction I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.


Introduction to Fiction: The different types and forms of fiction. Where to find inspiration and ideas. The importance of craft.

Character: Where to find characters. Making characters dimensional through desire and contrasts. Creating character profiles. Showing vs. Telling. Methods for showing characters.

Plot: Finding a major dramatic question. Shaping a beginning, middle, and end. The difference between short story and novel plots. Pros and cons of outlining.

Point of View: POV defined. Exploration of the many types of POV.

Description: Using the senses. Specificity. Techniques for creativity. Finding the right words. Merging description with point of view.

Dialogue: The importance of scene. Dialogue's illusion of reality. Quotation marks and tags. Stage directions. Summarized dialogue. Characterization through dialogue. Subtext. Dialect.

Setting/Pacing: Time. Place. Weather. Description of setting. Merging character and setting. How to manipulate time through pacing. Flashbacks.

Voice: Voice defined. Exploration of the various types of voice. Tips for finding your voice. Understanding style—syntax, diction, and paragraph length.

Theme: Theme defined. Types of theme. Weaving theme into a story.

Revision: Exploration of the various stages of revision.

The Business: Proper format for manuscripts. How to target publishing houses, literary magazines, and agents. Query letters.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.

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Refund Policy
All Classes (except One-days and Write-Ins)
For a refund or credit, contact us two business days or more before your class starts. You can either choose to hold a full credit with us good for one year on other Gotham classes OR you can opt for a refund less a $25 administrative fee and your $25 registration fee ($50 total).

If you need to withdraw after your class has started (or one business day before it starts), you won’t receive a refund, but you’re welcome to a Gotham credit less the price of Week 1 and your $25 registration fee, but we need to hear from you two business days or more before Week 2 meets for that to happen. After that point, no credits are available.

One-day Intensives
You may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time, if you notify us before the class begins.

If you notify us two business days or more before your class begins, rescheduling is free. If you notify us less than two business days before your class begins, there is a $25 rescheduling fee. If you don’t notify us until after your class begins, we cannot reschedule you.

You may get a refund (minus a $50 fee) if you notify us two business days or more before your class begins.

If you withdraw two hours or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full credit good for one year toward another Write-In. No refunds are available. If you simply don’t show up and don’t notify us in advance, you forfeit your money.

A few more things
Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road.Simply not attending class or notifying the instructor does not mean you've officially withdrawn.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 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. 

Important Notes:
  • Students are allowed to join a class in the second week.
  • Only those who pay the tuition in full can be guaranteed a place in class.
  • Class dates and times may be subject to change. A substitute may be assigned or make-up classes added to the end of the term.
  • Auditing and the recording of classes are not allowed.For all classes, students receive a record of payment and registration.
  • Gotham reserves the right to remove any student at our discretion.
  • Gotham does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.
  • Our courses are not intended to provide instruction that will result in the student's acquisition of occupational skills.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
2:00pm - 5:00pm Nelsie Spencer 10 $230
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Wed, Jul 24 2:00pm - 5:00pm Nelsie Spencer
Wed, Jul 31 2:00pm - 5:00pm Nelsie Spencer
Wed, Aug 07 2:00pm - 5:00pm Nelsie Spencer
Wed, Aug 14 2:00pm - 5:00pm Nelsie Spencer
Wed, Aug 21 2:00pm - 5:00pm Nelsie Spencer
Wed, Aug 28 2:00pm - 5:00pm Nelsie Spencer
Wed, Sep 04 2:00pm - 5:00pm Nelsie Spencer
Wed, Sep 11 2:00pm - 5:00pm Nelsie Spencer
Wed, Sep 18 2:00pm - 5:00pm Nelsie Spencer

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Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop (642)

(642 Reviews)
Fiction Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Reviewed by Anonymous on 3/21/2019
I learned a lot from this class! I recommend it to anyone who is starting out, but does not know where to begin. Our Instructor, Joe, was very informative and encouraging through out the whole process. He helped create a safe environment were we could share ideas, try new things, and grow from our mistakes.
Fiction Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Reviewed by Candice G. on 6/25/2017
As any class I've taken, it was great to kearn from other writers of different backgrounds and levels of skills. But I enjoyed the lectures and the in-class exercises really helped my writing.
Fiction Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Reviewed by Anonymous on 12/9/2016
Great class. Excellent instruction!
Fiction Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Reviewed by Anonymous on 12/19/2015
Loved it!
Fiction Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Reviewed by Anonymous on 3/23/2015
The class was great, although I would have preferred a different instructor.

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