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Nonfiction 101

The vast majority of all published writing is nonfiction. Opportunities for the nonfiction writer are everywhere—magazines, newspapers, books, the Internet. And nonfiction has grown more diverse and creative than ever, embracing all styles from straight to zany to poetic, encompassing every topic imaginable from childhood memories to the creation of the universe.

In this six-week survey course, you will gain an introduction to six major forms of nonfiction - memoir, personal essay, features, profiles, reviews, and travel writing. You'll learn what they are and you'll start developing the ideas and skills and confidence to write them.

If you are interested in nonfiction, but donít know much about it from a writers perspective, Nonfiction 101 is a great place to start. This course also serves as an excellent precursor to other Gotham nonfiction courses.


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Level I
Nonfiction 101 | 6-week Workshop
 

In this six-week course, you will find:

  • Starter information on six forms of nonfiction - memoir, personal essay, feature articles, profiles, reviews, travel writing
  • Exercises that let you explore each of these forms
  • Tips for finding ideas in each form
  • Feedback from your instructor in a completely supportive and no-pressure environment
  • Development of your power to see story potential in the world around you
  • Techniques for bringing your nonfiction to life on the page
  • Exposure to a range of nonfiction writers
  • Confidence gained through practice and praise
  • Exposure to a range of nonfiction writers

A safe environment in which to build your nonfiction skills and broaden your nonfiction horizon

Nonfiction 101 is for beginners or anyone who wants a refresher. This is a survey course, designed to introduce you to a variety of nonfiction forms.

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New York City Classes  
Tuition: $299. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Apr 16 Wednesdays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Online Classes  
Tuition: $299. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 16 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Apr 8* Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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May 6 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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* You can still enroll in this class!

Nonfiction 101 | Intensive
 
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 youíve 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, Nonfiction Book Proposal, and How to Sell Your Screenplay.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

Topics include: overview of contemporary nonfiction, memoir/essay, features, description, getting published
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 30 Friday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM



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