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Gotham Writers' Workshop

Hell's Kitchen, New York, New York
(371 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

(371 Reviews)


Attended: Memoir Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop

Workshop style. Essential topics presented in an organized fashion with appropriate homework to reinforce and practice concepts.

Larissa U.

Attended: Personal Essay Writing Intensive

Learned a lot and had a great time

Felicia S.

Attended: Blog Basics Level 1: One Day Intensive

Wonderful teacher - I learned so much that I can apply right away.

Monica L.

Attended: Blog Basics Level 1: One Day Intensive

The instructor was great! I only give it 4 stars because I wish there was a short segment on technical set up for the blog.


Attended: Dialogue Writing Level 1 One Day Intensive

I enjoyed this class and thought it was worthwhile. We did some useful exercises and learned skills to help with writing dialogue. The instructor answered all of our questions and gave us feedback in class.

Danette J.

Attended: Dialogue Writing Level 1 One Day Intensive

I just finished a full-day dialogue writing class given by Richard Caliban. It was intensive and well-worth the time and money. I learned so much! I liked everything about the class but the most interesting was going over a number of different methods used by successful writers to employ dialogue in prose, theatre and film. I had never seen it broken down this way and didn't even think of dialogue in these terms before. It was incredibly helpful to understand how each approach has its own magic, depending on what one wants to accomplish. We also learned about techniques to convey emotion, keep tension, maintain intrigue, and the importance of using imagery to paint a picture of what the character wants or means, rather than having our characters expressly say what they want or mean. This will really help me improve my writing. I also appreciated that we got to practice using a few different techniques. Richard then gave us feedback on our work in front of the class and I found it very worthwhile to learn not only from my piece, but also from everyone else's attempt to write dialogue. No one felt uncomfortable sharing because we got so much out of it. At the end of the day, it all hinged on Richard. His knowledge about dialogue writing is impressive. He was able to take every comment and question, and give us specific insight and first hand examples to help us understand how to use dialogue. I'd take another class from him at the drop of a hat.

Tillie E.

Attended: Creative Nonfiction 101 Level 1: 6 Week Class

My professor was Janet Flora...She was great! Coming to class every week was a treat, and as our class dwindled to a consistent six, the learning transformed. It was like participating in a master class with one-on-one attention. With each assignment, it felt like it opened a side of me that I thought wasn't there. I plan on taking a couple more classes, and hope other instructors are as great as Janet.


Attended: Personal Essay Writing Intensive

Too much talking. Not enough writing.

Nadia K.

Attended: Write-In

Very fun, engaging, charismatic instructor. Would do it again.


Attended: Write-In

I loved the class, the format, prompts, and professor. It was so good to be around other writers and start putting myself out there again with my own writing. Overall a great experience that really got my creative juices flowing again!

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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

Akil Kumarasamy 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 Chris Prioleau 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 David Yoo 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 Janet Flora Janice Erlbaum Jason Greiff Jeffrey Mosier Jen Glantz Jennifer Udden Jennifer Armstrong Jennifer Keishin Armstrong Jennifer Marie Brissett Jeremy Wechter Jessica Sticklor Jessica Penner Jessie Sholl Jil Picariello 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 Steph Spector 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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