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"A very in-depth, intellectually stimulating and mind-opening experience with a lot of good psychology lessons. "
- Lori Cohen
 attorney
"In a very short period, I developed a much better understanding of character development."
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"The structure of the course actually freed me, freed my characters to take on a form and personality and voice of their own."
- Stephen Price
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Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors

Characters are the beating heart of every story—fiction, nonfiction, any kind of scripted show. In fact, it’s their actions, dialogue, habits, quirks, appearance, gestures, hopes, dreams, fears, triumphs, failures, and flaws that make a story what it is. We follow people like Sherlock, Hamlet, Katniss, Batman, Lolita, and ________ (fill in your great character here) not because they’re nice folks, but because they fascinate us.
 
It’s almost magical, bringing people to life through words. Here you’ll learn techniques for creating and revealing characters that seem as vividly dimensional as your wife or boss or next-door neighbor. 
 
Whether you’re working with imaginary or real people, we’ll show you how to write characters that your readers or audience won’t soon forget.

Notes:

This is a cross-genre course, applicable to any kind of writing that contains characters, including nonfiction.



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Character Development | Intensive
 

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

The NYC Intensives take place all in one-day, a seven-hour session. These are fun, fast-paced immersions. 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. NYC One-Day Intensives are offered in NYC on Fridays and weekends throughout the year.

The Online Intensives unfold over three weeks, with new lecture material and exercises each week. You will get in-depth lectures and an assortment of exercises that let you try your hand at everything you’re learning. Each week, you will turn in an assignment and receive feedback from the instructor.

The Intensives provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Come in with a desire to learn. Very soon after, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.

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.

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New York City Classes  
Tuition: $125. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 30 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
May 22 Friday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Jun 20 Saturday 1450 Broadway 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Aug 14 Friday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Online Classes  
Tuition: $125. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 30 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
May 19 Tuesday Online 24 hrs. a day
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Jun 16 Tuesday Online 24 hrs. a day
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Jul 14 Tuesday Online 24 hrs. a day
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Aug 18 Tuesday Online 24 hrs. a day
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