A list of instructors teaching in the Winter 2014 term:
Browse our selection of upcoming classes in NYC or online.
The Winter 2014 schedule is now available.
Do you know someone with a passion for writing?
Are you still looking for holiday gifts?
Do you like Gotham Writers Workshop?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you must consider these very fine gifts from Gotham. (We’re even suggested as a gift source by the Wall Street Journal.)
Check out our full selection of gift ideas on our Gift Page.
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.
The Inspiration: This annual contest celebrates longtime Gotham student and writer Norma Crosier who died a few days short of her 91st birthday.
The Challenge: Tell a story of your life in 91 words or less.
The Prize: The winner gets a free Gotham class of his or her choosing. (Not applicable to premium classes.)
Deadline: midnight, February 3, 2014.
Check it out, Friday evenings in Manhattan, Saturday afternoons in Brooklyn.
A whole new kind of writing experience.
We are proud to announce our new premium Fiction classes, conducted in partnership with the acclaimed literary magazine Zoetrope: All Story.
Back in the eighties, when I was in in my early twenties, I worked in Manhattan. Often, I’d pick up a copy of the Gotham Writers' Workshop brochure (pre-Internet) and stuff it in my purse to peruse during my lunch hour. While sitting on the steps of the NYC Public Library, inhaling car fumes, avoiding pigeon poop and indulging in a $1.50 hot dog, I’d browse through the workshops and daydream of one day having the courage to take a creative writing course.
Fast forward twenty years and it’s 2009.
By Britt Gambino
You could say Gotham teacher Heather Wood Rudúlph lives at the intersection of feminism, journalism, and sociology. She and fellow Gotham teacher Jennifer Keishin Armstrong co-founded Sexy Feminist, a blog that explores the state of modern feminism, running the gamut from serious political legislation to the implications of plastic surgery. Recently, the blog generated enough buzz to become a book. Heather contends, “Feminism is part of every facet of our lives.”
Heather and Jennifer share a unique partnership. While Heather is married and has a young son, Jennifer is in a long-term relationship with no plans for marriage or children. Heather has marked the major milestones in both their lives thus far by noting that when she was getting married, Jennifer got her first book deal; when Heather had her son, Jennifer was working on her second book with Heather (the Sexy Feminist book). Their friendship is an occurrence Heather would like to see more of—women partnering together regardless of their lifestyles. (Continue reading.)
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 teacher Jessica Stilling (Sticklor) recently saw the release of her novel Betwixt and Between. When Preston, a ten-year-old boy, dies from eating a poison cookie, he awakes in Neverland. Turns out Neverland is a place where boys who die too soon linger in limbo, under the tutelage of Peter Pan, until their families find peace. But Preston must find a way back to the real world to stop his killer from taking other victims. Publishers Weekly says the book is, “provocative and poignant, rich with emotion and powerfully described, laced with profound contemplations about dying too soon and growing up too quickly.”
Here is a glimpse of the novel’s opening:
There was something about the silence in the house at nine o’clock, something heavy and final. It wasn’t like most days, when nine o’clock was a time to wind down, letting the house rest as if it too were about to head off to bed after the dishes had been put away, the final clutter shuffled into closets or onto shelves, the sturdy pockets of the house. Preston went to bed at eight fifteen, and Matthew, home from work three hours earlier, would already have eaten dinner—on a weekday something simple, maybe a slice of glazed chicken, spiced rice and green beans—and gone to the study to get some work done. (Continue reading.)
Serendipity Literary Agency in conjunction with Sourcebooks Inc. is hosting their 5th annual Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition.
No query? No pitch? No problem!
Have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win exposure to editors and a review of your manuscript from one of New York’s top young adult literary agents, Regina Brooks.
The rules of the contest are simple and entering is easy. Submit entries of ONLY the first 250 words of your manuscript and the title via the contest website.
Entries will be accepted from November 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013.
The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has certified Gotham as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Our classrooms are not the only way to get the Gotham experience. We also have books.
10 & 6-Week Workshops