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Grammar 1: The Basics (One Day Intensive)

at Gotham Writers' Workshop - Hell's Kitchen

Course Details
$190 6 seats left
Start Date:

Fri, May 01, 10:00am - 5:00pm

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

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this grammar class:

Do you panic when you punctuate? Does grammar make you say, “grrr!”

Grammar I teaches the basics of grammar, just enough so you won’t make errors that show you in a bad light. The basics are not that difficult to master…if you take this course and leave with our invaluable grammar reference guide. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your competence and confidence will grow.

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

Grammar I topics include: what is and isn’t a sentence, punctuation, commonly confused words, noun/pronoun/verb agreement.

Please Note:

These are not English-as-second-language courses. It’s fine if English is not your first language, but you must speak and write it fluently.

Course Syllabus:

Nouns, Pronouns, and Verbs
  • Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Pronoun Agreement
  • Verbs
  • Sentences
  • Subject/Verb Agreement
Parts of Speech
  • Parts of Speech
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Modifier Problems
  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Interjections
  • Subject and Predicate
  • Objects
  • End Punctuation—period, exclamation, question mark
  • Pause Punctuation—comma, semicolon
  • More Pause Punctuation—parenthesis, dash, ellipsis
  • Apostrophes—possessives, contractions
  • Colons
  • Hyphens
  • Quotation Marks
Trouble Spots and Tricky Devils
  • Commonly Confused Words
  • Abbreviation, Capitalization
  • Titles, Numbers

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

We offer refunds if students withdraw two or more days before a class begins. This comes with a $50 fee, but we will likely waive this for Coronavirus situations.   


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

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
10:00am - 5:00pm Arlaina Tibensky 1 $190
11:00am - 6:00pm TBD 1 $190
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Question from Anonymous
Is it at that price for only 1 day?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Yes, this class is an intensive 1-day class and currently offered for a discounted price of $140. The class runs for 8 hours. I hope this helps!
Question from Yauheniya D.
Hello, I'm not English native speaker, so I have a problem not only with grammar part, in general, my English is not so good. So, my question is: Will this class helpful for me or is it better to concentrate on grammar later? I am afraid that it will be a little bit hard for me and I'll spend money for nothing ... Do you have not native speaker students in this class? Maybe somebody can share an opinion? Thank you
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
All of Gotham’s classes are geared for fluent English speakers. Not all of our students are native but they all have a solid grasp of the English language. The instructor does give out a workbook that each student gets to take home. Hope this helps!

Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop (716)

(716 Reviews)
Grammar 1: The Basics (One Day Intensive)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/5/2019
While the instructor was awesome, the class itself was a joke. This is for people who are learning English for the first time - NOT - for writers or professionals of any kind. While this class was marketed as a great "refresher" for anyone, it is absolutely not. We learned what a noun was, how to capitalize words at the beginning of sentences, when to use question marks, etc. Honestly, if you graduated middle school, you will not gain anything from this class. Definitely do not waste your money!
Grammar 1: The Basics (One Day Intensive)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/4/2019
Instructor was incredibly knowledgable, patient, and a great teacher. She also showed a lot of enthusiasm for the material, which kept the class moving at a great and engaging pace
Grammar 1: The Basics (One Day Intensive)
Reviewed by Diana A. on 6/24/2019
This was pure torture. The class was way too long, I honestly was not learning after 3:00 PM. As I was beyond bored and the majority of the class was falling asleep. I would never do one of these again. Ever! This grammar course gave me a lot of anxiety- I mean to be secluded with 15 other adults reading out of a colorless boring booklet- that specifically I can do on my own. I was expecting the teaching to be more modern -perhaps some videos, colorful handouts- anything to make it more interactive, interesting. ...Class breaks were very short- I would suggest 15 min instead of 10 min breaks. Thank you- I do realized I need so much more than just a single grammar class.
Grammar 1: The Basics (One Day Intensive)
Reviewed by Seanpaul W. on 5/19/2019
The professor had great energy and provided tips going forward. I would love to the take the part 2, but I can’t afford it.
Grammar 1: The Basics (One Day Intensive)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 3/24/2019
The class was awesome.
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