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"A great overview and a chance to try your hand at a variety of essay styles."
- Nonna Noto
 retired economist
"This course will boost your writing confidence and give you the tools to be a better writer when writing essays or opinion pieces."
- Cheryl Roshak
 transition and career coach
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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
Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors

Do you enjoy sharing your viewpoints? What do you think of, say, global warming or the latest water-cooler TV show or the forgotten value of handkerchiefs? No topic is too major or minor to warrant exploration. There are many places to air your views—magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs, books—and many forms to encapsulate them.
People will be eager to hear you out…if you know how to elucidate your thoughts better than the average loudmouth on the bus. Here you’ll learn about the leading forms of viewpoint writing—personal essay, lyric essay, op-eds, reviews, and others—as well as writing craft and how to market your work.
Whatever you have to say, we’ll show you how to say it effectively and compellingly.


A personal essay is similar to a memoir; both incorporate elements from the writer’s life. But a personal essay focuses more on the viewpoint, and a memoir focuses more on the story. Gotham also offers courses on Memoir Writing and an Intensive on Personal Essay Writing.

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Level I
Essay & Opinion 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 essay and opinion writing. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner.

  • Write one or two short pieces
  • Lectures on basics of craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for critique (two times) 

Essay and Opinion I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

(3.0 CEU)

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $425, Returning Students $395. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

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Jul 13 Mondays 555 8th Ave. 2:00PM - 5:00PM
No Class: Sep 7
Jul 13 Mondays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Sep 7
= Discounted Class! Click ENROLL to register for $275.00. Can't be used with other discounts.
= Daytime Class

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