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A list of instructors teaching in the Fall 2014 term:
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A whole new kind of writing experience.
This time we give you a contest that lets you wander wherever you like.
Give us story of any kind, true or made up. Prose, poetry, script, whatever.
The only catch: It must be 25 words or fewer. (Use a title. You get extra words for that.)
We're pleased to announce that the 2015 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize contest is open for submissions!
The Kupferberg Prize is writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series, Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. This year, Selected Shorts will partner with Electric Literature to publish the winning entry.
More details, guidelines, and entry form here.
Gotham Writers Workshop is celebrating 20 years of helping writers discover their stories. Now we’re revising ours, with a new logo, a new look, and all kinds of new courses and initiatives. (A new website will be coming in the near future.) Stay tuned by getting on our mailing list, or following us on social media.
And check out our Fall 2014 brochure!
We offer premium Fiction classes, conducted in partnership with the acclaimed literary magazine Zoetrope: All Story.
Free subscription to Zoetrope
Weeklong Q & A with Zoetrope editor
Michael Ray Skip the Zoetrope slush pile
I would like to thank you for the many classes I have taken in your nonfiction fields. I have grown so much as a writer through these experiences. Recently, I took your online course Essay and Opinion I, taught by Jonathan Mandell. This was hands-down the most amazing Gotham class. Please extend my best wishes to Jonathan for making that class such a wonderful learning experience. (Continue reading.)
By Britt Gambino
If Gotham teacher Paul Witcover were to choose a profession other than writer, he would want to be a psychoanalyst. “I’m a nosey bastard,” he says. “But every writer has to be nosey to a degree.”
Even nosey about alternate worlds.
Gotham teacher Edan Lepucki recently released her novel California, which has received the kind of publicity a writer can only dream about. Stephen Colbert championed the book on his show as he took sides with book’s publisher in their dispute against Amazon, which led to all kinds of press for Edan, including this article in the New York Times. None of this should overshadow how gripping a novel it is—the story of a couple fighting to save their marriage in a post-apocalyptic world.
Here’s a peek at the opening:
On the map, their destination had been a stretch of green, as if they would be living on a golf course. No freeways nearby, or any roads, really: those had been left to rot years before. Frida had given this place a secret name, the afterlife, and on their journey, when they were forced to hide in abandoned rest stops, or when they’d filled the car with the last of their gasoline, this place had beckoned. In her mind it was a township, and Cal was the mayor. She was the mayor’s wife. (Continue reading.)
Would you like to work one-on-one with a member of our expert faculty? Have your own personal writing coach? We can hook you up with exactly the right person and exactly the right program. Explore your options.
Gotham offers two courses for teens 13-17 years of age:
Unbound: Creative Writing and True Story: Creative Nonfiction. These classes are all about helping teens discover and develop their unique voices. No grades, no exams, no wrong answers. Offered in NYC and online (in conjunction with Teen Ink magazine).
Gotham Writers Workshop has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Our classrooms are not the only way to get the Gotham experience. We also have books.
10 & 6-Week Workshops