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Gotham Writers' Workshop

Hell's Kitchen, New York, New York
(275 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

(275 Reviews)

Carly A.

Attended: Blog Writing Level 1

Jennifer is a great instructor with tons of industry experience. She's fun to listen to and gave so many helpful tips for getting our stories out into the world. Thanks, Jennifer!


Attended: Write-In

A fun, different kinda night out. I brought my husband as kind of a date-night. We both enjoyed the writing and snacks/wine, and met some nice people. The experience was very social, and a really fantastic way to meet people.


Attended: Write-In

A great, easy-going, open-ended write-in


Attended: Write-In

I didn't think the 'break' was necessary and class ended 15min early. Otherwise it was very enjoyable!


Attended: The Editor’s Eye Intensive

Really helpful class with good material and really good mini-lectures from a New York Times editor, who provided valuable insights into the writing and editing process. Highly recommended.

Shira S.

Attended: Children’s Book Writing Level 1

Kody was a fabulous teacher and I gained a LOT from this course. I was already experienced with creating writing classes, but had taken none explicitly for children's book writing. I appreciated approaching both the lessons and the workshops from that unique perspective, and learned a lot. I'd definitely take another writing class with Kody!


Attended: Fiction Writing Level 1

Great class. Excellent instruction!

Lynn R.

Attended: Memoir Writing Intensive

on time. Ron is a very creative and positive teacher. I plan to take a class next year. Lynn Ritchie


Attended: TV Writing Intensive

Took a class with Jim Mendrinos before. Great class and great instructor.

Karen O'Malley O.

Attended: Fiction Writing Intensive

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.

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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 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 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 Thais Miller Tom Brennan Tony Conniff Weike Wang Zaina Arafat
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