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"If you wonder how to get started creating characters or want to develop your skills further in this area, I would highly recommend this course."
- Connie McClung
 HR and finance manager
"You will walk away with helpful information and a better knowledge of the English language than you previously had."
- Sheila Fiffie
 Liaison Officer
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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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The Writer's Mind

Where do the best ideas for stories and characters and images come from? Where will you find the most fertile resource for imagination and truth? Where do you glean the answers that evade you at the keyboard? 

Your mind, of course. Especially the areas of your mind that Stephen King calls a “far-seeing place.”

This seven-hour session will show writers (of all types of writing) how to access and utilize these areas of their mind to create better work. Yes, writing is very much about such craft elements as plot, characterization, description, dialogue, and voice, but often the most important work does not happen at the desk or keyboard. It comes from somewhere deeper, from bringing the subterranean riches of your mind to the surface. It’s a process that happens when you are away from the words and outlines—often sleeping or dreaming or going about your everyday tasks. 

Using a variety of techniques and exercises, this course will help you:  

  • Mine your subconscious and dreams and memories.
  • Draw insight from the arts, including visual art, music, and design.
  • Discover tricks and techniques for overcoming those times when you’re stuck.
  • Develop your time and space and mental capacity.
  • Transform the treasures of your mind into usable story material.

When you begin to unlock the mystery of your writer’s mind, you will be surprised by the wealth you discover.  

What to Expect at an Intensive

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