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Student Quotes
"A great head start in a very competitive race"
- Anita Diggs
 Book Editor
"In several hours I learned all of the preliminary steps from developing a topic to writing a query letter to writing the proposal."
- Joseph Schippa
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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, and Nonfiction Book Proposal.

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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