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Gotham Writers' Workshop

Hell's Kitchen, New York, New York
(307 Reviews)

We are the leading private creative writing school in New York City and online. Professional writers present workshops in more than a dozen forms of writing. Our interactive online classes, selected as “Best of the Web” by Forbes, have attracted thousands of aspiring writers from across the United States and more than one hundred countries.

The school was founded in New York City in 1993 by two writers, Jeff Fligelman and David Grae. Prior to starting the school, both Fligelman and Grae had received graduate degrees in creative writing and had taught writing at a variety of schools and universities. Fligelman and Grae founded the school so that they could provide students comprehensive classes on the craft of writing, which they had been unable to find anywhere else at the time.

The result was the development of highly structured classes, which employ three main teaching tools:

  • Lectures on the elements of the writing craft (e.g. plot, characterization, dialogue, etc.) 
  • Writing exercises, which work in tandem with the lectures 
  • The Booth, the school's unique and signature critiquing method which provides writers with helpful, constructive feedback on their projects and sharpens their skills.
Our Mission
Our aim is to demystify the writing process through expert instruction and proven methods in a safe, creative learning environment.

Our Proven Method
In teaching creative writing to tens of thousands of students, we have developed a method that works, which may explain why we have grown to become the leading creative writing school in New York City and online.

We believe anyone can write. Writing is a craft, like carpentry, that can be taught, learned, and mastered. At Gotham, we teach you how to use the elements of writing, such as structure, character, description, and voice. We foster your creativity in a positive atmosphere and show you how to free up your imagination. We respect your writing, we treat you like a professional, and we get you writing.

Reviews of Gotham Writers' Workshop

(307 Reviews)


Attended: Write-In

Not a safe space to share your work. Didn't encourage creativity. Awkward.

Vanessa C.

Attended: TV Writing Level 1: One Day Intensive

Really helpful and pretty eye-opening as well.


Attended: Creative Writing 101 Level 1

Francesca was an amazing teacher. She really helped many of us unlock our creativity. I found her encouragements and feedback very useful during the course of the class.


Attended: Blog Basics Level 1: One Day Intensive

Great class, the instructor was helpful and so was everyone else taking the class. To be honest, I wish we had more time. Nonetheless, not only did I get to focus my blog's topic, I also created a list of possible blog ideas. All the information I learned in this workshop was very helpful. Take it if you are serious about your blog.

Michael T.

Attended: Business Writing Level 1: One Day Intensive

Wonderful class!


Attended: Children’s Book Writing One Day Intensive

Absolutely amazing!

Kaitlin K.

Attended: Write-In

The writing prompts were really geared towards fiction and I wish there had been more balance with other types of writing


Attended: Fiction Writing Level 1 One Day Intensive

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.

Jennifer B.

Attended: Personal Essay Writing Intensive

This class was awesome! Well worth the money, as the advice and instruction helped me figure out the path ahead for essay writing and how to refine and improve my work


Attended: Write-In

A fun way to spend a Friday evening - so impressed by the caliber of other writers' work... I thought the main benefit would be in practicing writing but I think it's actually from hearing everyone else's and thinking about what makes theirs so good

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555 8th Ave Ste 1402, New York, New York 10018
Gotham Writers' Workshop
Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
555 8th Ave Ste 1402
Between W 37th & W 38th Streets
New York, New York 10018

Teachers at Gotham Writers' Workshop

Alanna Schubach Alex Forbes Alex Mindt Alexander Steele Alexis Schaitkin Alexis Atkinson Alice Bradley Alison Stein Wellner Alison Espach Amelia Blanquera Anita Diggs Arlaina Tibensky Aspen Matis BC Edwards Benjamin Obler Beth Livermore Blaise Allysen Kearsley Britt Gambino Bruce Cherry C.C. Webster Carl Capotorto Carmen Bugan Carole Bugge Carolyn Maccullough Chloé Caldwell Christine Reilly Christopher Dietrich Colleen Kinder Corie Hengst Cullen Thomas David LaBarca David Seigerman David LaBarca David Kuelz David Seigerman David Pace David Farley David Rice Diana Spechler Dominic Preziosi Doug Katz Dov SS Simens Dylan Gary Edward Einhorn Emma Pearse Fran McNulty Francesca Ochoa Francis Flaherty Hasanthika Sirisena J. L. Stermer James Steerman James Yeh James Bosley Janice Erlbaum Jason Greiff Jeffrey Mosier Jennifer Udden Jennifer Armstrong Jennifer Keishin Armstrong Jennifer Marie Brissett Jeremy Wechter Jessica Sticklor Jessica Penner Jessie Sholl Jim Mendrinos Jody Gray John Oliver Hodges Jolie DeFeis Jon Reiner Jon Gingerich Jonathan Mandell Julia Dahl Kamilah Moon Kara Lee Corthron Karen Kingsley Karen Sieber Karyn Casl Kate Angus Kelly Caldwell Ken Derry Kimberlee Auerbach Kody Keplinger Kuros Charney Kurt Opprecht Laura Wolner Lev AC Rosen Lilly O'Donnell Lisa Kaufman Marco Shalma Margaret Meacham Marie Carter Mary Donnelly Mary Anderson Masha Hamilton Matthew Cody Melissa Petro Michael Eldridge Michael Jones Michael Montlack Michael Leviton Michael Q. Boyd Mike Luongo Mike Dunphy Mo Krochmal N. West Moss Nelsie Spencer Nelsie Spencer Nina Boutsikaris Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich Paul Zimmerman Paul Witcover Pete Jensen Peter Stass Peter Finch Polly Bresnick Raven Burnett Richard Caliban Rob Decina Robert Repino Roohi Choudhry Rory Haines Ryan Britt Ryan Tymensky Sara Barron Sarah McColl Scott Cheshire Scott Alexander Hess Seth Fried Shahnaz Habib Shelly Oria Stacey Pershall Stacy Pershall Stacy Parker Le Melle Stephanie Paterik Sue Henderson Susan Breen T Kira Madden Tal McThenia Thais Miller Tom Brennan Tony Conniff Weike Wang Zaina Arafat
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