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Gotham Writers Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop is a creative writing school in New York City and online that has been teaching students since 1993. They offer classes for both new and experienced writers, focusing on writing craft and providing a safe and structured environment for improvement.

Gotham Writers Workshop

Upcoming Classes at Gotham Writers Workshop

  • Creative Writing 101: 6 Weeks (Self-Paced)

    Unleash your creativity and explore the world of creative writing with confidence in this immersive course. Dive into the power of observation, imagination, and language as you learn to craft compelling fiction and nonfiction narratives. Discover your unique voice and embark on a journey that will ignite your passion for storytelling.

    Next start date: Tuesday, May 7th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $364
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  • Fiction Writing Level 1 (Self-Paced)

    Unlock your imagination and learn the art of crafting captivating fiction stories in this immersive workshop. Discover the secrets of effective storytelling and gain valuable insights into the human experience. Join us and embark on a journey to bring your stories to life.

    Next start date: Tuesday, Apr 23rd, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $464
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  • Memoir Writing Level 1 (Self-Paced)

    Uncover the fascinating stories of everyday life in this immersive workshop that teaches you how to craft your personal experiences into compelling memoirs. Develop the finesse of fiction writing as you learn techniques to captivate readers and market your work. Explore the power of storytelling and bring your unique life experiences to life on the page.

    Next start date: Tuesday, May 14th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $464
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  • Creative Writing 101: 6 Weeks (Online)

    Unleash your creativity and explore the world of creative writing with confidence in this immersive course. Dive into the power of observation, imagination, and language as you learn to craft compelling fiction and nonfiction narratives. Discover your unique voice and embark on a journey that will ignite your passion for storytelling.

    Next start date: Sunday, Apr 28th, 12–3pm Eastern Time
    Price: $364
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  • Poetry Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop (Online)

    Unleash the power of poetry as you learn to pack a maximum punch with a minimum of words. Discover specialized techniques, demands, and forms of poetry, and master the art of writing exquisite verses that captivate the soul. Whether you write for publication or simply for yourself, this workshop will guide you toward creating poetry that resonates and inspires.

    Next start date: Wednesday, Apr 17th, 7–10pm Eastern Time
    Price: $464
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  • Screenwriting I: 10 Week Workshop (Online)

    Master the art of screenwriting with this immersive workshop from Gotham Writers Workshop. Dive into the world of movies, learning the fundamentals of dramatic writing, crafting compelling characters, and developing captivating plotlines. Whether you dream of Hollywood glamour or indie grit, this course will equip you with the skills to bring your stories to life on the silver screen.

    Next start date: Wednesday, Apr 17th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time
    Price: $464
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  • Reading Fiction: 6 Weeks (Self-Paced)

    Unleash your inner writer by dissecting the secrets of great fiction with the best in the business. Dive into the minds of renowned authors as you analyze their masterpieces from various angles. Elevate your fiction writing skills and let the experts show you the way at Gotham Writers Workshop.

    Next start date: Wednesday, Apr 17th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $364
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  • Creative Nonfiction 101 Level 1 (Self-Paced)

    Discover the endless possibilities of nonfiction writing in this immersive course. From memoir to travel writing, you'll explore diverse styles and topics, honing your skills through writing exercises and assignments. Join us for a guided tour into the exciting world of creative nonfiction.

    Next start date: Tuesday, May 14th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $364
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  • Business Writing Level 1 (Self-Paced)

    Enhance your image, boost productivity, and achieve daily objectives through the power of effective business writing. Learn the basic principles and discover how personality can play a part in your writing.

    Next start date: Tuesday, May 14th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $370
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  • How to Get Published (Self-Paced)

    Learn the secrets to publishing your book in this comprehensive seminar led by an experienced literary agent. Discover the ins and outs of the publishing industry, refine your query letter, and gain a realistic understanding of the process. Don't miss this opportunity to maximize your chances for success.

    Next start date: Wednesday, Apr 17th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $210
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  • Character Development Level 1 (Online)

    Discover the secrets of creating unforgettable characters in this cross-genre course at Gotham Writers Workshop. From Sherlock to Katniss, learn how to bring your characters to life with vivid dimensions and captivating traits. Unlock the magic of character development and leave a lasting impression on your readers or audience.

    Next start date: Saturday, Apr 27th, 1–4pm Eastern Time
    Price: $200
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  • Blog & Newsletter Writing (Self-Paced)

    Learn the specialized craft of writing captivating blogs and newsletters that will attract a wide audience and keep them coming back for more. Discover the secrets to creating well-written, interesting, and useful content that will set you apart from the rest. Unleash your creativity and establish yourself as a trusted voice in the world of online writing.

    Next start date: Tuesday, May 14th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $464
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  • Screenwriting I: 10 Week Workshop (Self-Paced)

    Master the art of screenwriting with this immersive workshop from Gotham Writers Workshop. Dive into the world of movies, learning the fundamentals of dramatic writing, crafting compelling characters, and developing captivating plotlines. Whether you dream of Hollywood glamour or indie grit, this course will equip you with the skills to bring your stories to life on the silver screen.

    Next start date: Tuesday, Jun 4th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $464
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  • Creative Nonfiction 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks (Online)

    Discover the endless possibilities of nonfiction writing in this immersive course. From memoir to travel writing, you'll explore diverse styles and topics, honing your skills through writing exercises and assignments. Join us for a guided tour into the exciting world of creative nonfiction.

    Next start date: Wednesday, Apr 17th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time
    Price: $364
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  • TV Writing I: 10-Week Workshop (Online)

    Start creating your TV script for an existing show in this comprehensive workshop offered by Gotham Writers Workshop. This beginner-friendly course covers everything from episode ideas and character development to the technical format for TV scripts and the real-world process of writing TV shows. Get ready to take your TV writing skills to the next level.

    Next start date: Wednesday, Apr 24th, 7–10pm Eastern Time
    Price: $464
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  • Fiction Writing Level 1 (Online)

    Unlock your imagination and learn the art of crafting captivating fiction stories in this immersive workshop. Discover the secrets of effective storytelling and gain valuable insights into the human experience. Join us and embark on a journey to bring your stories to life.

    Next start date: Thursday, May 16th, 7–10pm Eastern Time
    Price: $464
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  • Plot 1: Mechanics 3-Week Intensive (Self-Paced)

    Craft an engaging plot that will captivate your readers in this intensive writing course. Discover key elements, such as desire, structure, and character development, that will bring your story to life and keep your audience hooked. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned writer, this cross-genre course will provide valuable insights into creating compelling plots for any type of storytelling.

    Next start date: Tuesday, May 7th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $200
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  • Poetry Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop (Self-Paced)

    Unleash the power of poetry as you learn to pack a maximum punch with a minimum of words. Discover specialized techniques, demands, and forms of poetry, and master the art of writing exquisite verses that captivate the soul. Whether you write for publication or simply for yourself, this workshop will guide you toward creating poetry that resonates and inspires.

    Next start date: Tuesday, May 7th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $464
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  • Character Development Level 1 (Self-Paced)

    Discover the secrets of creating unforgettable characters in this cross-genre course at Gotham Writers Workshop. From Sherlock to Katniss, learn how to bring your characters to life with vivid dimensions and captivating traits. Unlock the magic of character development and leave a lasting impression on your readers or audience.

    Next start date: Tuesday, May 14th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $200
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  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing Level I (Self-Paced)

    Embark on an odyssey of imagination with Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing I (Self-Paced) at Gotham Writers Workshop. Unleash your creativity in this 10-week workshop designed for beginners and those seeking to refine their skills. Dive into the realms of futuristic technology and enchanting magic, mastering the art of crafting tales that seamlessly blend fiction expertise with the boundless possibilities of these extraordinary genres.

    Next start date: Tuesday, May 14th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time
    Price: $464
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555 8th Ave 14th Flr. Ste 1402, New York, NY 10018
Gotham Writers Workshop
Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
555 8th Ave 14th Flr. Ste 1402
Between W 37th & W 38th Streets
New York, New York 10018

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Description

Gotham Writers Workshop is a creative home in New
York City and Online where writers develop their craft and come together in the
spirit of discovery and fellowship. We’ve been teaching creative writing to
students since 1993.




We believe that everyone has a story to tell.
Indeed, many stories. Keep your eyes and mind open and you will find them
everywhere. And we can help you tell your stories better.




Whether you’re a new writer looking to explore, or
an experienced writer looking to strengthen your skills, our classes will help
you reach your goals—through clear instruction on elements of craft, critique
in a safe environment, and a structured process that keeps your work on track.




We also teach Business Writing, with the same verve
and expertise we bring to our creative writing courses.




We strive to give each student the best possible
learning experience. Class size is strictly limited so you never get lost in a
crowd. And our instructors are consistently excellent—working writers who are as
skilled at teaching as they are at writing.



Thousands of people have been enriched by the
Gotham experience. It’s why we’ve been around for over twenty-five years.


Reviews of Gotham Writers Workshop

(4.4-star rating across 745 reviews)
  • Fiction Writing Level 1 (Online)

    Reviewed by Katie on 9/21/2022
    I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in writing a short story or novel. In my class there were about 15-20 students with varying interest areas and writing experience. The major highlights were the teacher and the critiques. Our teacher, Varud, had a thoughtful perspective and response to nearly every question someone from the class threw at him. Beyond his knowledge and experience, he was incredibly attentive, kind, patient and encouraging. The second big benefit of the class was the critique process, called the "Booth" submissions. Twice throughout the class, you'll submit your work to be critiqued by the rest of the class. Each week, you'll read your classmates works and provide a critique. Both parts of that process are incredibly valuable. If I had to nitpick about things that could've been better - cut the exercises you do with classmates throughout the class and shave about 30-60 minutes off class time. While I got a lot from my classmates when reading their work or listening to their opinions on my writing, the mini exercises peppered throughout class didn't add much for me. Overall, I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in writing fiction!
  • Memoir Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop

    Anonymous review on 9/8/2021
    Was a good group of students but aside from critiquing each other’s work there was no syllabus, no teaching, no exercises. I stopped attending. Did not deliver what I expected. I did appreciate the feedback I received from the other students.
  • The Editor’s Eye Level I: Two Day Intensive

    Reviewed by Ksenia N. on 9/1/2021
    I really enjoyed this class and I think I've learned quite a bit!
  • Creative Writing 101: 6 Weeks

    Reviewed by Marie-Louise W. on 6/18/2021
    Great class, awesome feedback, loved the tips and the camaraderie between classmates, I missed homework deadline for last class, just wished the window had been open a little longer so I could have received the feedback
  • Screenwriting I: 10-Week Workshop

    Anonymous review on 6/17/2021
    Jeremy is a great teacher!
  • Character Development Level 1 (Online)

    Reviewed by Faith A. on 3/22/2021
    Paul was engaging, encouraging, and you can tell he loves what he does, which spilled over into the way he interacted with us. Overall, great class— presented well, easy to follow with time for examples, short exercises, and questions. I really enjoyed it.
  • Screenwriting I: 10 Week Workshop (Self-Paced)

    Reviewed by Joan M. on 3/14/2021
    I enjoyed the class and learned a lot. The instructor was enthusiastic, personable and knowledgeable and kept the information coming. He had excellent answers for any questions and made me want to take more classes on this subject.
  • Creative Writing 101: 6 Weeks (Self-Paced)

    Anonymous review on 2/14/2021
    This instructor had a wealth of info but I do wish he had used more modern or current day examples for resources as opposed to the classics that were mentioned.
  • Grammar 1: The Basics (Online)

    Anonymous review on 2/7/2021
    Lara is awesome; she made the class exciting.
  • Children’s Book Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop (Online)

    Reviewed by Lisa G. on 2/7/2021
    It was a great class! I learned plenty and am inspired as a result to forge ahead with my writing. I only wish we'd had more time to cover more of the material in detail. I think a three-day intensive might allow for that.
  • Children’s Book Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop (Online)

    Reviewed by susan s. on 1/31/2021
    I really enjoyed this class. I am excited about trying to write a children's book. This class was very helpful and inspiring.
  • Creative Writing 101: 6 Weeks (Self-Paced)

    Reviewed by Krysta B. on 10/18/2020
    Fantastic class! I've never taken a Creative Writing class before so I was a bit nervous but Janet Flora made it very comfortable as well as stimulating. She was a pleasure to have as a teacher. I learned a lot and feel very encouraged to continue to pursue creative writing. Great introduction and excellent experience. I will definitely be taking another class!
  • Creative Writing 101: 6 Weeks

    Reviewed by Vierka V. on 8/19/2020
    The instructor, Carter, was knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. I enjoyed the chats and discussions as well as the material we read. Great class for beginners likes me!
  • Creative Writing 101: 6 Weeks

    Reviewed by Icesis G. on 8/17/2020
    I love that we were guided within the full 6 weeks on everything from Getting Started/Getting back to Writing Again to How to Publish/Get Yourself Out There and in between we learned great tips and ways to strengthen our writing. The Instructor Divya was also great, very patient, clear and encouraging. A great session for first time writers or for those who always used to write and are trying to find their way back!
  • The Editor’s Eye Level I: Two Day Intensive

    Reviewed by Leonardo P. on 8/16/2020
    It was an engaging class that gave easy tips on what to look for when eduting a document.
  • Memoir Writing Level 1 (Self-Paced)

    Reviewed by Virginia S. on 8/8/2020
    Excellent class. I learned so much about the basics of memoir writing . West was very organized, clear and interesting!
  • Children’s Book Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop (Online)

    Anonymous review on 7/5/2020
    The course was great and I came away with some terrific ideas to work with. I’m not sure that I loved the intensive format. I think that Maggie is a wonderful and interesting teacher. There were some technical problems the first session but otherwise things ran smoothly.
  • Children’s Book Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop (Online)

    Anonymous review on 6/28/2020
    Excellent teacher. First class was great. Enjoyed very much. Need better access to the materials.
  • Business Writing Level 1 (Self-Paced)

    Reviewed by David R. on 6/21/2020
    I’m not sure the class translated well to zoom learning. I don’t know if it was because of the material or the style of instruction. I’ve taken a class from Mo before (in person) and I enjoyed it quite a bit. This one fell flat. I would have liked more opportunity to practice writing and get group feedback.
  • Creative Writing 101: 6 Weeks

    Anonymous review on 5/13/2020
    This class was really fun and educational. I recommend for anyone who is interested in writing!
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students at Gotham Writers Workshop have generally positive things to say about their classes. Many students feel encouraged and inspired by their instructors and classmates. Students mention learning a lot and gaining new skills. The instructors are praised for their knowledge, enthusiasm, and ability to provide informative and engaging lessons. Overall, students express enjoyment and satisfaction with their learning experience at Gotham Writers Workshop. Quotes: 1. "I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in writing a short story or novel. The major highlights were the teacher and the critiques." 2. "Fantastic class!... I learned a lot and feel very encouraged to continue to pursue creative writing." 3. "Paul was engaging, encouraging, and you can tell he loves what he does... Overall, great class."

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