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"The course was insightful in terms of how best to evaluate characters and make them come alive."
- Vincent Alati
 Writer
"In a very short period, I developed a much better understanding of character development."
- Anurag Srivastava
 Software Developer
"The in-depth presentation of building a character was beyond what I had expected. My characters are more detailed and round; no longer do they appear as flat as the page they are written on. "
- Linda Gray
 retired nurse
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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
Jan 10 Saturday 30 W. 16 St. 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Mar 20 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
Jan 13 Tuesday Online 24 hrs. a day
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Feb 10 Tuesday Online 24 hrs. a day
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