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Fiction Writing Intensive

Unlock the secrets of crafting captivating fiction with the Fiction Writing Intensive. Learn the art of storytelling, delving into the time-tested elements of fiction craft and gaining insight into the human experience.

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  • 18 and older
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  • 555 8th Ave, New York, NY
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What you'll learn in this creative writing class:

Fiction is a wonderful conjuring act. With only words and the reader’s imagination, a work of fiction can sail across the world in pursuit of a whale, or time-travel to another dimension, or zero in on a few minutes in line at the local bank, enveloping the reader in a made-up story that feels real. 

To pull off this feat requires a balance of craftsmanship, daring, and insight into human nature. Here you will learn the time-tested elements of fiction craft and how to market your work. 

Whether you seek to write short stories or novels, mainstream or literary, comic or tragic, we’ll show you how to spin your thoughts into believable and spellbinding tales.

Notes: Fiction I encompasses short stories and novels. After Level I, students have a choice of Fiction II/III (focusing on short stories), or Novel II/III (focusing on novels).

Refund Policy

All Classes (except One-day and Zoom Intensives and Write-Ins):

  • For a refund or credit, contact us three 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 two business days 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 three business days or more before Week 2 meets for that to happen. After that point, no credits are available.

One-day and Zoom Intensives:

  • You may reschedule a One-day or Zoom Intensive one time, if you notify us two business days before the class begins. After that first reschedule, there is a $25 rescheduling fee.
  • If you notify us three business days or more before your class begins, rescheduling is free. If you notify us less than three 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 three business days or more before your class begins.

Write-Ins:

  • If you withdraw 1 business day 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.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers Workshop (745)

(4.4-star rating across 745 reviews)
  • Fiction Writing Intensive

    Reviewed by Michael H. on 8/11/2019
    Wonderful course that covered a breadth of topics, ranging from true storytelling techniques to an overview of the "business". Seth is an open, encouraging instructor that engaged the room in discussion, applied no unnecessary pressure, and came with many examples, both familiar and new. Great way to spend a day and kick your writing into gear.
  • Fiction Writing Intensive

    Anonymous review on 2/23/2019
    Very informative I learned a lot about fiction writing.
  • Fiction Writing Intensive

    Anonymous review on 2/25/2018
    It was informative but wished there was more participation from other students. Furthermore I wished that the teacher would have given more constructive criticisms, she seems to have liked everyone’s work.
  • Fiction Writing Intensive

    Anonymous review on 1/14/2018
    I enjoyed the class thoroughly. West, our teacher, was kind, smart, encouraging and inspiring. Everyone attending the class was serious about being there. It was an excellent day.
  • Fiction Writing Intensive

    Anonymous review on 4/9/2017
    It was a good class but very much a basic covering of fiction writing. It's good for practicing styles but not refining your work.
  • Fiction Writing Intensive

    Reviewed by Karen O'Malley O. on 11/15/2016
    Arlaina was a wonderful teacher -- smart, strong, funny, organized, engaging. A great survey course on the structure of fiction: character, plot, point of view, voice, etc. (especially for the newbies like me), with interesting exercises sprinkled throughout.
  • Fiction Writing Intensive

    Reviewed by Heather C. on 7/25/2016
    The teacher was enthusiastic and informative. Most of the people in the class were out of towners. The day went surprisingly fast. The only aspect I didn't like was having to read work aloud to a partner. That's a personal preference for me, I would like the option of sharing my work or not.
  • Fiction Writing Intensive

    Anonymous review on 2/21/2016
    A bit of a long day, but a very thorough overview of fiction writing for all levels of writers. Gets your creative side flowing.
  • Fiction Writing Intensive

    Anonymous review on 11/23/2015
    Great class! Very informative!
  • Fiction Writing Intensive

    Reviewed by Nat R. on 11/16/2014
    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.
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Overall, the Fiction Writing Intensive had a positive impact on the students. They found the course very informative, with a focus on a broad range of topics from storytelling techniques to an overview of the business of writing. Students were encouraged to kickstart their writing, experiment with styles, and engage in interesting exercises. The instructors were often praised as being friendly, encouraging, informative, and passionate. Some vivid lines from the reviews are: 1. "Wonderful course that covered a breadth of topics, ranging from true storytelling techniques to an overview of the 'business'." 2. "It was a good class. It's good for practicing styles."

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