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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
"A character-building series of sessions that make you more aware of people around you, as well as yourself."
- Mindy Jones
 media consultant
"A very in-depth, intellectually stimulating and mind-opening experience with a lot of good psychology lessons. "
- Lori Cohen
 attorney
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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 heart of every story. Their actions drive the plot. Their individuality is what readers or audiences most remember. It’s a daunting challenge—crafting seemingly real people out of mere words. But if you can create dimensional characters, you’ll be well on your way to writing a story that is believable, compelling, and perhaps even unforgettable.

In this course you’ll discover characterization techniques that you can apply to fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, teleplays, or stage plays. Through lectures, script analysis, and in-class exercises, you will learn how to find characters, flesh them out, make them fascinating, and bring them to vibrant life on the page.



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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
Sep 13 Saturday 30 W. 16 St. 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Dec 12 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
Aug 19* Tuesday Online 24 hrs. a day
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Sep 9 Tuesday Online 24 hrs. a day
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Oct 14 Tuesday Online 24 hrs. a day
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Nov 11 Tuesday Online 24 hrs. a day
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* You can still enroll in this class!


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