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"Fun, engaging, stimulating. I can definitely see how incorporating these techniques into my "writing life" will help me a lot."
- Lisa Thompson
"This one-day intensive was nothing short of a most incredible experience."
- Lori Cohen
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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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Essay and Opinion

Do you enjoy sharing your thoughts and opinions and viewpoints with the world? If so, there are many places to do it—magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs, books. And there are many literary forms to be utilized. This course covers the following types of essay and opinion writing: 

Personal Essay – using a slice of your life to make a point about a larger subject. (This is similar to memoir, but memoir is a story from the life of the writer; personal essay is a hybrid, blending the writer’s life with the larger subject.)

Other Essays – there is a spectrum of essays, ranging from the old-fashioned persuasive essay to the poetic musings of a lyrical essay.

Review – an informed assessment of any product—restaurants, books, movies, computers, cars, vacuum cleaners, etc.

Op-ed – an opinion on any topic.

Blog musings – this can include any of the above types, as well as something much more casual.

(Each of these types of writing are typically short-form, the length of an essay or article.)

This course will show you the various types of essay and opinion writing and show you the fundamental tools to execute them well: structure, voice, how to write with purpose and meaning. You will also learn how and where to market your work. 

Whatever you have to say, we’ll show you how to say it effectively and entertainingly.
What to Expect at an Intensive

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $125. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 15 students, ages 18 and up.

Date Instructor Location Time Enroll
Friday, Aug 15 Melissa Petro 555 8th Ave. 10AM - 5:00PM

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