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Fiction Writing NYC

Fiction is perhaps the purest form of storytelling. With only words and the reader's imagination, a work of fiction can sail across the world, pursuing a whale, or zeroing in on a few minutes in line at the local bank, luring the reader into a story that reads true.

To do it well, however, requires skill. In our courses, you will learn how to support your words with such craft elements as character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, setting, pacing, voice, and theme. You will also learn how and where to market your work.

Whether you seek to write short stories or novels, traditional or experimental, comic or tragic, we'll show you how to turn your ideas into stories that people will be eager to read.

Note: If you are working on genre fiction — Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, or Mystery — you may find one of our genre courses a better fit.


You might also consider Gotham's premium Zoetrope Fiction Writing class.

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Level I
Fiction Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
  • Write one or two short stories or begin work on a novel
  • Lectures on fundamental concepts
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for critique

In a clear, accessible manner, the course presents the fundamentals of plot, structure, voice, description, character development, point of view, and dialogue. Lectures and writing exercises are used to illustrate these concepts. You will also have the opportunity to present your work and receive feedback from your instructor and classmates. The goal is to write two short stories or to begin a novel and to acquire a firm understanding of all the basics of fiction writing.

Fiction I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Beginners who wish to write novels should take Fiction I before Advanced Novel Writing.

(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
Oct 6 Mondays 272 W. 10th St. 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Oct 13
Oct 6 Mondays 555 8th Ave. 2:00PM - 5:00PM
No Class: Oct 13
Oct 7 Tuesdays 555 8th Ave. 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Oct 8 Wednesdays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Nov 26
Oct 9 Thursdays 555 8th Ave. 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Nov 27, Nov 27
Oct 9 Thursdays 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 1:00PM
No Class: Nov 27, Nov 27
Oct 12 Sundays 555 8th Ave. 12:00PM - 3:00PM
No Class: Nov 30
     
= Discounted Class! Click ENROLL to register for $270.00. Can't be used with other discounts.
= Daytime Class


Advanced
Fiction Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
  • Write or refine one or two short stories
  • Lectures that expand on fundamental concepts
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for in-depth critique

The course focuses on the presentation and critique of your work and is designed to help you sharpen your skills. Emphasis is placed on honing each story’s structure, characterization, narrative, description, and style with the aim of creating publishable work.

Advanced Fiction Writing is for writers who have completed Level I or those with fiction-writing experience who are prepared to discuss all of the fundamental concepts of the craft. Writers often repeat Advanced Fiction Writing as they continue to develop projects.

We offer Advanced Fiction for writers working on short stories and Novel Writing II for writers working on novels. You are, however, welcome to work on material in Advanced Fiction that would eventually end up in a novel.

Prerequisite: Fiction Writing I or the equivalent.

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

(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
Oct 6 Mondays 272 W. 10th St. 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Oct 13
Oct 7 Tuesdays 555 8th Ave. 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Oct 8 Wednesdays 555 8th Ave. 2:00PM - 5:00PM
No Class: Nov 26
= Daytime Class


Fiction Writing | Intensive
 

How much can you learn in one day? Plenty. As you will discover in one of our One-Day Intensives in New York City.

The One-Day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses. You are immersed in a topic through 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. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.

Students come from all over the world for our One-Day Intensives. You’re likely to be sitting near NYC locals as well as people from such far-flung places as Texas, Egypt, and Japan.

Intensives are open for writers of any level.

We offer an online version of an Intensive, a three-week Character course.

We also offers two and four-week seminars, including: How to Get Published, Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonfiction, How to Blog, and Nonfiction Book Proposal.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

Students come from all over the world for our One-Day Intensives. You're likely to be sitting near NYC locals as well as people from such far-flung places as Texas, Egypt, and Japan. (NYC Hotel Information.)



Topics include: character, plot, point of view, description, getting published

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $125. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 15 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Oct 17 Friday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Nov 15 Saturday 30 W. 16 St. 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Dec 8 Monday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
     
= Discounted Class! Click ENROLL to register for $70.00. Can't be used with other discounts.



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