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"This course will boost your writing confidence and give you the tools to be a better writer when writing essays or opinion pieces."
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Do you enjoy sharing your thoughts and opinions and viewpoints with the world? If so, there are many places to do it—magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs, books. And there are many literary forms to be utilized. This course covers the following types of essay and opinion writing: 

Personal Essay – using a slice of your life to make a point about a larger subject. (This is similar to memoir, but memoir is a story from the life of the writer; personal essay is a hybrid, blending the writer’s life with the larger subject.)

Other Essays – there is a spectrum of essays, ranging from the old-fashioned persuasive essay to the poetic musings of a lyrical essay.

Review – an informed assessment of any product—restaurants, books, movies, computers, cars, vacuum cleaners, etc.

Op-ed – an opinion on any topic.

Blog musings – this can include any of the above types, as well as something much more casual.

(Each of these types of writing are typically short-form, the length of an essay or article.)

This course will show you the various types of essay and opinion writing and show you the fundamental tools to execute them well: structure, voice, how to write with purpose and meaning. You will also learn how and where to market your work. 

Whatever you have to say, we’ll show you how to say it effectively and entertainingly.

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Level I
Essay and Opinion | 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: $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 22* Tuesdays 555 8th Ave. 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Apr 22* Tuesdays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
= Daytime Class

* You can still enroll in this class!

Advanced
Essay and Opinion | 10-week Workshop
 

Focusing on developing projects and receiving feedback from the instructor and classmates, this course helps students sharpen their skills and work toward completion of publishable work. Writers often repeat Essay & Opinion II to continue their projects.

  • Write or refine one/two short pieces
  • Lectures that expand on basics of essay/opinion craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for in-depth critique (two times)

Prerequisite: Essay & Opinion I, Travel Writing I, Food Writing I or the equivalent.

Which level is right for you? How to Choose a Level

There are no Essay and Opinion II in NYC classes scheduled at this time. Take this class Online
Please call 877-974-8377 for the next scheduled date.

Essay and Opinion | 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.

Topics include: personal essay, reviews, op-ed pieces, voice, purpose and meaning.
New York City Classes  
Tuition: $125. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 25 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
May 17 Saturday 30 W. 16 St. 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Jun 13 Friday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM



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