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Student Quotes
"I rode the train home scribbling ideas in a notebook. The next morning I got up and wrote another chapter of an easy-reader book I'm experimenting with. As I wrote, I thought about all I'd learned in class about character development, believable dialogue, confict and resolution, and making the whole thing interesting to a youngster. I can't think of a better investment of my time than to spend a Saturday in this class!"
- Linda Post
 Corporate communications
"I came home and told my daughter it was one of the best experiences of my life...truly."
- Christine Passarella
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The Intensives are fun, fast-paced immersions in a type of writing. You’ll get a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve just learned. The Intensives provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Come in to class with a notepad, pen, and desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.

Intensives are for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

Intensives are offered in NYC on Fridays and weekends throughout the year.

Gotham also offers two and four-week seminars, including: How to Get Published, Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonficiton, How to Blog, Nonfiction Book Proposal, and How to Sell Your Screenplay.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

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Documentary Films
Documentary films are more popular and prevalent than ever, appearing in theaters, on DVD, and across the spectrum of TV channels. Any subject is fair game: political controversy (Fahrenheit 9/11), research findings (Super Size Me), personal drama (Hoop Dreams), historical narrative (The Civil War), the little niches of life (Spellbound). They can run the length of a mini-series or be as brief as a short film. Documentary films are not just the result of hauling around a camera and sound equipment; they are carefully crafted pieces of nonfiction storytelling. In this course, you will learn how to conceive ideas, structure stories, conduct research and interviews, write narration, and adapt your plans to the footage you get. You will also learn how and where to market your work.

For starting out: see the class listed below.

For in-depth consultation: a student may work one-on-one with an instructor through our Mentorship Program.

What to Expect at an Intensive

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