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Science Fiction Science Fiction and Fantasy may transport a reader to a planet light-years away or deep inside the caves of a far-distant past. Whether extrapolating science into futuristic technology or conjuring new forms of magic, these genres imagine what might have been or what might be, opening the door to any possibility.

To write great science fiction or fantasy, you must splice together the skills of a fiction writer with the ability to make the imaginary seem true. In our courses, you will learn about the special needs of these genres, as well as such fiction craft elements as character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, setting, voice, and theme. You will also learn how and where to market your work.

Whether you seek to write short stories or novels, we’ll show you how to craft tales that overwhelm with wonder.

Note: Our Science Fiction & Fantasy course includes all “speculative fiction”—an umbrella that includes the subgenres of Science Fiction (hard, alternate reality, cyberpunk, etc.) and Fantasy (high, urban, historical, etc.) as well as works of Horror. Currently the material skews toward Science Fiction, but most of the craft teaching applies equally to Fantasy and Horror, and students are welcome to work on Fantasy and Horror projects.

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Level I
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
Using a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this course gives students a firm grounding in all the basics of science fiction writing. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner.
  • Write one/two short stories or begin a novel
  • Lectures on basics of fiction and science fiction craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for critique (two times)
Science Fiction I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

View a course syllabus.
(3.0 CEU)

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 16 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
May 6 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Advanced
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing | 10-week Workshop
 

Science Fiction Writing II provides the structure required to bring a science fiction novel or short stories to completion. The course focuses on the presentation and critique of each writer's work. Lectures and exercises expand the writer's understanding of the genre and various elements of craft.

Science Fiction Writing II is for writers who have completed the The Basics section or those with science fiction writing experience who are prepared to discuss all the fundamental concepts of the craft. Writers often repeat Science Fiction Writing II as they continue to develop projects.

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(3.0 CEU)

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $420, Returning Students $390. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Apr 17* Thursdays 555 8th Ave. 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Apr 16* Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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* You can still enroll in this class!

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing | 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 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, Nonfiction Book Proposal, and How to Sell Your Screenplay.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

Science Fiction and Fantasy may transport a reader to a planet light-years away or deep inside the caves of a far-distant past. Whether extrapolating science into futuristic technology or conjuring new forms of magic, these genres imagine what might have been or what might be, opening the door to any possibility.

In this One-Day, you will learn about the spectrum and special rules of science fiction and fantasy, as well as such craft elements as character, plot and description. You will also learn how and where to market your work.

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 17 Saturday 30 W. 16 St. 11:00AM - 6:00PM



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