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Gotham online classes selected as Best of the Web by Forbes.

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It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. One version of the story places the bet at the famed Algonquin round table. Whether true or not, there is an actual bet-winning short story attributed to Hemingway:

For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.

Our challenge to you:
Write a great short story in ten words or fewer. (You may use a title, but that goes into the word count.) All entries must be received by May 5, 2014.

Enter today.

Check it out, Friday evenings in Manhattan, Saturday afternoons in Brooklyn.
A whole new kind of writing experience.

We're pleased to annouce the winner and finalists of the 91-Word Memoir Writing contest.

Thanks to everyone who submitted their stories.
We loved reading them!

Truck-Stop Gift Shop

When I was six, I stood in a truck-stop gift shop staring at Land of Lincoln ashtrays.  Waylon Jennings crackled from an AM radio, and I smelled biscuits baking. The door abruptly opened, and the shop filled with diesel fumes and cigarette smoke trailed by one of the men that my mother considered a gentleman caller, 70s trucker-style. She would disappear into the darkness with him, and I would stare at collectible spoons with handles in the shape of Illinois. 

Virginia Catalano
New York, New York

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Gotham and The Writer magazine invite you to enter our Annie Proulx-inspired Tell It Strange Essay & Story Contest.

Choose one of Ms. Proulx's insightful quotes to respond to in a 1,000 word story or essay:

"We're all strange inside. We learn how to disguise our differences as we grow up."
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"There's something wrong with everybody and it's up to you to know what you can handle."
Close Range

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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 Winter 2014 brochure!

We are proud to announce our new premium Fiction classes, conducted in partnership with the acclaimed literary magazine Zoetrope: All Story.

Dear Gotham,
I had given up on Parched when I signed up at Gotham Writers Workshop.
After publishing a breezy, contemporary coming-of-age YA novel, She’s With The Band, I naively believed publishers would bare-knuckle box each other for whatever I finished next. They did not; an unsold middle grade novel burnt a hole in my bottom drawer.

(Continue reading.)

By Britt Gambino

Gotham teacher and journalist Frank Flaherty conducted his first interview with famed crossword puzzle editor Eugene Maleska. Frank was only in his early twenties then, yet to begin his career at the New York Times. “I didn’t really know what I was doing, but it was a lot of fun,” he says. “He looked just like you would imagine a crossword puzzle editor to look like: mismatched socks, tie thrown over one shoulder.” While the finished piece was never accepted for publication, Frank maintains it was a worthwhile experience: “I just had fun doing it.”

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Gotham teacher Carole Bugge contributed the short story “Slaughter House” to the March issue of Weird Tales, a magazine dedicated to fantasy and horror. The story behind the story is interesting. A story called “Slaughter House” first appeared in Weird Tales in 1953, written by the great Richard Matheson. The magazine asked Carole to write an “homage” to the piece for their 50-year anniversary issue, so she wrote a prequel to Matheson’s story, giving it the same title. It’s a ghost story, a damn good one, so if you scare easily don’t read the opening paragraphs that we present here:

I don’t suppose many who read this will have the misfortune to encounter pure evil, as I have. One thing I know: it changes a person. Try as you might, you are not likely to forget the experience. I’ve tried, by the good Lord, and I can’t manage it, so I set this down in writing hoping to ease my guilty soul, and perhaps help someone else who chances to read it.

(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 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.
Writing Fiction and Writing Movies are both guides on the craft of writing, and Fiction Gallery is an anthology of short stories, a perfect complement to Writing Fiction.
Writing Fiction is now available in several foreign language editions: Escribir ficcion (Spanish); Lezioni di scrittura creativa (Italian); Romane und Kurzgeschichten schreiben (German); and Kezdő írók kézikönyve (Hungarian).
Writing Movies is available as Escribir Cine (Spanish).

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