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Take a look at what past and present students of Gotham Writers' Workshop have to say:

"The teaching is some of the very best I have ever experienced. Far superior to much of what was given to me in graduate school or seminary. The teacher is gifted, gracious, patient, perceptive, and makes the craft accessible and doable."
-Thomas Farrington
"Every aspect of each class was a learning experience. The instructor made the minutiae as fascinating as the major subjects. It was extraordinarily well taught. I learned much more than I anticipated."
-Graham Fuller
 executive editor
 Interview Magazine
"The combination of writing exercises and group feedback gave me the direction I never experienced in any other writing class. This class and instructor inspired me to finally do what I’d dreamed about doing for years."
-Gabriella Contestabile
 training director
"The instructor is great! I did not look up at the clock at all. The lectures and exercises were so enjoyable, I did not even think seven hours had passed."
-Mark Pochaw
"If you want to write and receive interesting new approaches to writing, go! I learned more in the first two weeks than I did in all of college, and that cost $8,000 a semester!"
-Gwendolyn Armitage
"This is the best writing class I’ve taken. The quality of instruction was superb, and the small class size allowed a lot of feedback."
-David Marino
"Most business writing courses are dull and uninteresting. This class brought an entirely new perspective to this topic. I learned how to improve the quality, readability, and impact of my pieces."
-Abigail Harper
 associate director
"I had finished my MFA in fiction writing and I wanted a way to continue writing in a serious atmosphere, both honest and generous. The Gotham class was fabulous. I was able to develop a character for a novel I had been working on, which is now due for publication in August."
-Roxann King-Feuerman
"This course taught me how to structure my inspired rambling into a coherent, potent piece of writing. I got a lot of information and great inspiration to continue some past projects and begin new ones."
-Mark Hayes
"The class exceeded my expectations. It was extremely helpful and informative in ALL areas, and I learned a great deal from the instructor on Children's Literature in general."
-Chris Lombardi
 mortgage broker
"This is the fullest, most challenging introductory course I've ever taken. The instructor seems to know everything there is to know about poets, and he shares this information with the class in the most creative ways."
-Barbara Janes
 public relations
"The instructor had an almost uncanny ability to spot the key elements necessary to make a good story great."
-Robert Watson
 environmental advocate
"The instructor was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and able to give insightful, tactful, and supportive critiques of our writing. I am always impressed by the quality of your teachers."
-Emily Goodman
 ESL teacher
"Before the course, I had many ideas on screenwriting that I had acquired from reading books and attending lectures, but they remained more or less abstract notions. This course was invaluable in helping me attain a more concrete and illuminating understanding of the craft. It feels like someone has flipped the light switch on."
-Raj Mahtani
"The teacher is amazing. My work with her has led to several publishing credits and a much greater understanding and mastery of the craft."
-Randall Brown
 english teacher
"I love every aspect of the online classes as you present them. This is my second one and I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of content, scope of topics, and with the high quality of instruction. The classes even allow for interaction with other class members via the weekly chats and email networking. This is an excellent educational experience. I plan to continue with other classes in the near future. Bravo!"
-Rosemarie Ferrara
 high school principal
"I've never encountered such a giving instructor who can give 150% all the time. She went the extra mile, and I do mean mile, to give us a clear understanding of the genre. She was GREAT."
-Nancy Fields
"I could not have expected more from an instructor. She was not only skilled and knowledgeable in the subject matter, but she paid a level of attention to the needs of each student that is seldom found in an instructor in any venue."
-Ben Tilley
"The teacher was absolutely fantastic! His feedback was detailed, constructive, and encouraging. His lessons were informative, easy to follow, and so very entertaining. Finally, his sense of humor is priceless. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for him."
-Karen Savin
"One of the best writing class experiences I've ever had."
-Nina-Marie Gardner
"Thank you! This has been a life-changing course."
-Dianna Garrigan
"Everything in this class was organized and structured to perfection."
-Lilia Todd
"This was one of the most enjoyable and expertly directed classes I have ever taken. I look forward to being in one of this instructor's classes again."
-Sebastian Mondrone
"The teacher is stellar!"
-Lana Campbell
"This is by far the best writing course that I have ever taken."
-Linda Gask
"I thoroughly enjoyed learning about romance novels and was surprised to find them to be such a structured piece of art. The instructor illuminated the distinctions and difficulties inherent in romance writing. She also provided us with the resources to work on our craft and tips to avoid pitfalls that many writers fall into, especially the traps that come with this particular style of writing."
-Ryan Migge
"I have taken many writing courses over the past few years, but this is the first that has ever inspired me to write every single day. This course helped me to stretch my writing muscles beyond anywhere they'd ever been before."
-Lisa Benwitz
 owner, court reporting firm
"This is the best course I have ever taken, and since I have a master's degree, I have taken hundreds of courses."
-Heather Stone
 VP of marketing and sales
"This course really cleared up the maze of agents, production companies, managers, etc. out there."
-Mark Lambert
 VP operations int'l logistics
"This course gives information straight from the trenches."
-Mel Melcer
 english teacher
"I was surprised at how everything worked exactly as it was supposed to. Too often there are frustrating gliches in technology-oriented things—none with Gotham Writers' Workshop!"
-Renee Domogauer
 ESOL teacher
"I gained a very good grasp of the basics of writing fiction as well as a new perspective. Even before the course was half over, I found myself thinking about writing in a different way."
-Anthony James
 cell manufacturing leader
"Enlightening...a truly life-enriching experience. I can't praise the teacher enough. He opened my eyes to aspects of novel writing that would never have occurred to me if I hadn't enrolled in the course. I consider it a privilege to have been a member of his class."
-Julian Desser
 journalist & copywriter
"I just elevated my craft in poetry to a new level."
-Leah Odze Epstein
"I learned the ins and outs of the publisher's/agent's pysche, what they're looking for, and how to present material to them."
-John Andrulis
"The instructor left me with a hopeful feeling at the end that inspires me to persevere."
-Mary Langham
"I had no knowledge of this subject before taking this class...I now know how to format a scipt correctly and what is needed to produce an effective TV script."
-AnneMarie Jones
 trademark administrator
"I knew nothing about feature writing, and this class helped me to be published in a magazine."
-Kristin Willis Halabi
 freelance writer
"This course has been the X factor that I have been looking for to get me jump-started."
-Georgia Mansur
 artist (painter)
"I was apprehensive at first about taking an online class since I am not a computer expert, and also because I wondered about a class with no face-to-face interaction. However, taking this class on the computer was so simple, I never felt intimidated. I also felt like I came to know both the instructor and the other students through their comments and class discussion."
-Julia Gentile
 retired attorney
"This class was a wonderful mix of lecture, assignments, exchanges, and critiques. I've learned so much. My technique has improved, and I will continue to refer to the lectures as I write my memoir."
-Deborah Lehman
 freelance journalist
"Gotham Writers' Workshop takes full advantage of the strengths online learning has to offer. The Web site works beautifully, the structure is well thought out, and the content is outstanding."
-Joanne Hus
 illustrator & graphic designer
"I loved the course. It was one of the best investments of time, money, effort I've made in a very long time."
-Fernando Veranes
"I took Fiction I, then Fiction II twice. The Fiction Master Class brought what I learned during those courses together and gave the whys and hows of writing in detail."
-Eugene Galassini
"Quite simply, this course and the instructor have changed my life. I went from wanting to write to actively, obsessively, constantly writing—and certainly better than I ever have before. My gratitude to GWW is infinite."
-Mary Lynn Reed
"I learned myriad of techniques to infuse humor into my writing."
-Keisha Barrow
 law student
"This course increased my knowledge of the principles on which humor is based and gave me a host of resources from which to learn more."
-Alana Peters
"I liked the instructor's ability to speak from the agent's perspective and to teach us what the business of publishing is all about. Invaluable!"
-Margaret Nitka
 business owner/freelance writer
"This course gave me an excellent introduction into what it takes to get published; it is packed full of instruction, information, and ideas on not only “How to Get Published” but also how to approach writing as a business."
-Katherine Getto
 technical consultant
"The course gave me a wonderful overview of a variety of styles. I learned the difference between a memoir and a personal essay, between feature journalism and hard news, how to profile someone, and how to format news articles."
-Helen Aki
"The instructor's knowledge of the subject seemed to be endless."
-Will Upjohn
 speech-language pathologist
"I've taken a few other online writing classes, and this one stands out as the best by far. This course was worth every penny. Bravo!"
-Laura Curvin
 web editor
"I didn't know much going in and now I feel ready to tackle the daunting task of writing a screenplay."
-Michele Weber
"This instructor is the best I have ever had, including all of my professors in both undergraduate and medical school."
-Gigi Gabrielle
 psychiatrist and painter
"My writing skills have improved dramatically; I’ve learned to THINK about and SEE screenwriting in a whole new light."
-Anne Lower
"The instructor's clarity of criticism had to open the minds of everyone in the course."
-Phillip Dibble
"So many of the nuances and difficulties of weaving through the publishing world were explained in a straightforward manner. This course is a must."
-Robert Glider
"We learned the ins and outs of publishing that you just can't get from a book. I've just started submitting material and realize how little I knew about the process, especially those all-important query letters. Now I know so much more."
-Jean Medeiros
"This is an almost perfect forum for a writing class. The logistics and design exceeded my expectations by a factor of thousands."
-Adrienne Bresler
 social worker
"I learned the nuts and bolts of memoir. Specifically, I got connected to the process of writing, and the course took it out of the theoretical and made it real for me."
-Drew Hastings
 performing artist/writer
"Our instructor was accomplished and masterful in the subject."
-Sylvia Roeloffs
 master gardener/retired office mgr.
"The course offers sound fundamental instruction for any poet, from the beginner to the poet seeking to refine his or her voice and skills."
-Renee DeHoll
"This course has completely revitalized me as a writer, giving me tremendous new perspectives. I feel that I'm now equipped to do great things."
-Roger Bonner
 writer/ english teacher
"Our instructor was one of the most patient, thorough, and articulate teachers I've ever had. The amount of work she tackled—and the way she tackled it—was astounding. True grace under pressure."
-Robert McGuill
"The content and elements of this course certainly gave me the jump I needed, and I'm definitely eager to dive more deeply into the elements presented in this course."
-Vicki Campbell
 marketing specialist
"The processes taught in the course serve as an invaluable framework for thinking about the story to be told."
-Nicholas Hayes
 business executive
"I wanted to relax my writing, find a more creative style, and expand my focus to the broader story surrounding the spot news. This class definitely helped me to practice that."
-Tanalee Smith
"A fine overview of what speculative fiction is all about."
-Wana Perry
 retired executive
"I've learned how to dig deeper into the dynamics and mechanics of film and make more meaningful connections between theme, character, and narrative."
-Angelo Crespo
"I learned everything there is to know concerning TV writing."
-Erica Lake
"I cannot believe how much taking this course has improved my writing. When I look back and compare the things I wrote previously with what I am writing now, the difference is striking."
-Carole Ann Moleti
"I understand now that to be taken seriously I must perfect all business communications and edit, edit, edit."
-Colleen Steele
 assistant corporate secretary
"I left this course better equipped to pursue my publishing goals."
-Maureen Dolbeare
"The amount of information I received about the publishing business is staggering. If I fail in my attempt to publish a book or magazine articles, it won't be for lack of knowledge of how to go about it."
-Dominique Caillat
"The agent/publishing world is like Mars to me. My approach to the people in those fields will be considerably different now than it would have been without this information."
-John Swain
"Having so many humor principles and techniques laid out in front of me gave me a broad palette I could play around with."
-Jodi Lustig
"This was a fantastic class. I always thought that great writers were born that way. This course taught me that practice, practice, and more practice contribute just as much to great writing."
-Jennifer Lund
 managing director
"This course was a superb resource for concise how-to knowledge with a practical punch. I especially enjoyed how the class material is spiced with personal tips and insider perspectives."
-Erin Brown Conroy
 univ. prof./writer/speaker/mom of 13
"I had a story in mind but didn't even know how to begin. Now my first book is underway and the process has been fun and adventurous."
-Elizabeth Baker
 senior programmer analyst
"For an introductory course on writing, the content was perfect."
-Lana Potocnjak
 registered nurse
"An excellent intro to writing, a perfect means of getting my feet wet after years of not writing. No pressure, no painful assignments. Just a laid-back, supportive, and fun atmosphere."
-Andrea Shiffman
 math teacher
"This course simply took me further along on the endless journey of writing. It's the little things along the way—the images, the control, the fine-tuning: the artistry of the word—that demand mastery. That's what I am learning."
-Glenys Loewen-Thomas
 writing & literature instructor
"I learned how to think like a mystery writer."
-Fiona Kirk
"Our instructor found immensely interesting and varied poems to stretch our minds and help develop our own poetry muscles."
-violet samir
 social work organization director
"I am a professional writer by trade, but I learned so such about character development, the elements and structure of writing memoir, and the more nuanced, subtle ingredients of story writing."
-Janet Davenport
 communications VP
"This course got me completing up to 75 pages of new work for my book, as well as giving me clearer ideas about what to do with chapters that needed work."
-Rania Zada
"I was able to look at humor writing from several different angles that I had not thought of previously."
-Alexandra Hartley-Leonard
"I was intimidated by starting a mystery novel even though I really wanted to write one. Now I'm not afraid of it."
-Wanda Craig
 management consultant
"Through the course, I have become more aware as a reader. I can still enjoy a good story, yet my attention is now more focused on exactly what is making something work."
-Blair Kraft
 mis administrator
"Enough pieces of information per week to build a comedy writing arsenal."
-Christie Scanlan
 graphic designer
"Before starting the course, I could not come up with a good plot, and had not written in a long time. After writing a few assignments, the ideas started coming fast and furious."
-Pat Comley
 IT management
"I went from being a reader to being a writer…in six short weeks!"
-Dorothy Cameron
"The instructor truly wants you to succeed. Her course is a great invitation to step into your inner spotlight."
-Chris Olejniczak
 press assistant
"This has been a wonderful experience. I learned far more than I could have hoped and have had a great time doing it. The instructor packs an amazing amount of information into each week's lesson."
-Sue Mendive
 dental office manager
"This course took me step-by-step into the writer's world, and I discovered that I was at home there."
-Patti Ackermann
"I regained my confidence as a writer and remembered how much I enjoy writing creatively."
-Alicia Hempen
 martial arts school owner
"I found that simply taking this course has improved my attitude about my job and my life in general because I finally feel like I'm doing something I want to do...something that makes me happy."
-Jennifer Rome
 research consultant
"I entered this course having no idea how to write a children's book, or what was involved with the process. This class gave me the knowledge I was looking for, and pointed me in the right direction."
-Kelley Diekman
"The entire experience was so worthwhile that I have signed up for another course."
-Harold Leib

"Whether you want to write professionally or you need to polish your skills for school or your job, this course will help you."
-William Moss
 purchasing manager
"A fantastic way to dip your toes into the world of writing. This was really the best money I've spent in a long time and I plan to take another course next session."
-Joy Victory
 health editor
"This was a great way for me to get my toes wet in the writing process."
-Stacy Phillips
 preschool resource teacher
"It's a cross between a mind womb, an online kick-ass creativity party, and a playground for the kid stuck inside your soul."
-Jack Seemar
"A great way to gain confidence as a comedian and as a writer in general. And you get to perform in two NYC comedy clubs!"
-Jonathan Carver
"A wonderful introduction to the art of writing children's books."
-Virginia Dunphy
 elementary teacher
"The course introduced the skill of writing for children in a very comprehensible and exciting way. Almost a must if you're serious about children's writing."
-John Dahlgren
"I feel like I've made my story so much better in just a few short months. Thank you!"
-Colleen Craig
 marketing research director
"Creative Writing 101 was one of the highlights of my week. The three hours flew by and it was a wonderful way to dip back into the pool of writing in a comfortable and fun atmosphere."
-Kathleen Admirand-Dimmler
 social work assistant director
"I absolutely loved every minute of this course."
-Jennifer Jamieson
 market research
"Creative Writing 101 is a great way to dive into your creative side, even if you don't think you have much of one!"
-Christina Haviland
 environmental scientist
"It's a great course to get you up and writing. The exercises are short enough so you can get them done if you're busy, and deep enough for you to learn the principle being taught."
-Brenda Noonan
 technical writer
"Take it--you'll love it! Your scope of observation will increase immensely and you'll never read written material in the same manner again."
-Wendy Fuentes
"A great introduction to writing, since it never felt intimidating. A course that gives you a small collection of writing that you can expand after the course is over."
-Rebecca Mitsuse
"This course has been a terrific way to provide me some discipline (goals, deadlines, focus), encouragement (lessons that give practical tips, positive feedback from a real-live person) and a community of like-minded yet unique individuals with similar needs and goals."
-Ruth Louden
 career counsellor
"A great first step to the writing experience, to get the creative juices flowing."
-Viv Garcia
"The Gotham way is fun!"
-Malou Hansson
"The way the website works is brilliant and the technical people are the best I have ever worked with. It is something worth looking at for someone like me in a foreign country or someone who doesn't have the time to commit to going to class at a specific time and day."
-Jeralynn Benoit
 english trainer
"You will walk away with helpful information and a better knowledge of the English language than you previously had."
-Sheila Fiffie
 liaison officer
"This course was more than a writing class--it was a writing circle--a place where writers who care deeply about their craft come together to practice and refine it."
-Bonnie Walker
"An eye-opener."
-Lydia Hoffman
 freelance journalist
"A great way to see your work through your readers' eyes."
-Crystal Walker
"A semester's worth of grammar in a one-day class. You can't beat it!"
-Mark Renner
 public speaker
"The day was a wonderful introduction to writing a memoir with topics covered thoroughly and interspersed with excellent exercises."
-Pamela Markham
 visual artist
"The instructor gave a complete and thorough class that hit upon the entire process of memoir writing. With almost every point she had an example that clearly illustrated the topic. The writing exercises were perfect and helped communicate the points even more."
-Britta Larsen
"A fantabulous way to spend an evening -- some of the best live comedy in town -- and a most entertaining way to learn"
-Martina Clark
 humanitarian worker
"I hadn't written for ages and was really stuck when I tried to start anything. Add to that the external pressures of parenting and my job, and I was beginning to think I would never get around to writing anything at all. This course really focused me and energized me. I now have a story to work on and I feel like writing is finally part of my life again!"
-Siobhan Wilde
 EFL teacher
"Having never written anything other than required for work or school, I was apprehensive about the process and, frankly, somewhat intimidated. This course appealed equally well to anyone who wants to write-- from the novice to the experienced. I am taking two more!"
-Linda McDowell
"No nonsense, no sugar coating, step by step teaching."
-Julie Baer
 advertising executive
"I've never had writing presented this way to me before. My instructor's expertise really showed in her lectures and her extremely helpful critiques. She did an exceptional job at demystifying the writing process. I would recommend Gotham to anyone wanting to pursue writing in any capacity."
-Irish Baldwin
 full-time mom
"A bucketload of fun. I really enjoyed my experience with this humor writing course."
-Shan Sandhu
 company director
"A great way to amp up your writing. The time I spent online in my Gotham class was the greatest "me" time I've had in years--and my writing has improved exponentially!"
-Katherine Mills-Hernandez
"A very effective way to transition from a wannabe to a professional writer."
-Abbe Andersen
 artist, photographer
"Realistic in terms of the world of freelancing with its pitfalls and opportunities."
-Catherine McArdle
"The instructor and my classmates made the experience one I will not forget."
-Debra Evans
 arts education consultant
"Great introduction to the nuts and bolts of creative writing, and leaves you wanting more (in a good way)."
-Michelle Rodak
 editorial assistant
"An excellent course to take if you want an overview of the field."
-Rochelle Leal
"I feel like I can now confidently send a query to a major publication, and have a strong chance of getting a positive response."
-Kathleen Barlow
 internet marketing manager
"If you're the least bit interested in writing articles, take this course."
-Del-Mia Strickland
"There is no pressure, and keeping that in mind allows you to be expressive without worrying about your grade or what others are going to think."
-Lori Martucci
 sales coordinator
"I was wary of signing up blindly to something on the Internet, but this is a real class that was far better than most I took in college and grad school. It was the creative writing class I always wanted to take but was too scared to show up for in person!"
-Lisa Bloom
 broadcast journalist
"Take it, take it, take it. It is lots of fun - you meet people of all ages, all walks of life from all over the world. The course is rich not only because of the excellent instructors but because of the fellow students!"
-Kay Berryman
"One of the best decisions I've ever made. Improved my writing incredibly."
-Linda Burgess
"By the end of this course I had the tools to write a well structured and organized article that I sold to my local newspaper. Now, the newspaper wants me to write an additional piece!"
-Angela Timpone
 figure skating coach
"If you're looking to expand or explore your talent for writing, this course will do both. Take the course and enjoy the ride"
-Bill Elliott
 project manager
"The instructor brought his years of experience to us, and writers seldom get that without already having an agent."
-Deirdre Sinnott
 writer & literary critic
"Magazines and books about writing are fine, but this course provides vital contact with the real world of fiction writing."
-Tom Mooney
"I came home and told my daughter it was one of the best experiences of my life...truly."
-Christine Passarella
"At the end of class, I left with a head chock-full of ideas that I couldn't wait to use once I got home!"
-Dawn Campbell
"A perfect teacher. He was witty, and genuine, and smart, and brought odd things to his lectures to delight and challenge, to expand our sense of the possible in fiction."
-Rhonda Shary
 adjunct professor of english
"Very focused, practical and realistic advice on selling screenplays. Excellent instructor."
-Nancy Young

"Definitely useful for those who want to learn important, effective writing techniques and tips."
-Inez Brown
 college administrator
"The teacher sparked parts of my imagination that I didn't know were there."
-Michelle Pimentel
"A great way to get your writing juices flowing!"
-Aleta Lafargue
"The instructor sparked my creativity and helped me focus on what my work as a writer should be. His advice guides much of what I write."
-Nicholas Troilo
 newspaper columnist
"In several hours I learned all of the preliminary steps from developing a topic to writing a query letter to writing the proposal."
-Joseph Schippa
"The instructor has gone through the process herself and was able to explain things from "the front lines.""
-Suzanne Steinbaum
"A great head start in a very competitive race"
-Anita Diggs
 book editor
"I have received my writing kick start and I am off to further writing adventures."
-Ray Richard
 contract administrator
"This was the best online course that I had found, after researching consumer reports, etc. Loved it so much, I immediately signed up for the next online class that fit my needs."
-Kathy Conrad
 retired VP of RE lending
"If you want an insider's view on the publishing jungle, take this class!"
-Jacquline Hopson
 nuclear chemist
"The instructor created a sense of possibility in a business rife with rejections."
-Joaquin Terceno
"Tons of practical advice."
-Maria Rosas
"Excellent! I highly recommend all professionals take the course."
-Kimberly Jarrett
 account executive
"It's a course everyone should take even if it's just to refresh their fundamental writing skills."
-Gina Tovar
 fashion marketing
"I learned valuable lessons that will help me achieve my goal of furthering my career."
-Nada Polanco
 grant writer
"What I liked most was how "real" the class and the instructor were--no cyberspace feeling. Communication was responsive, there was lots of interaction between instructor and students. I thought the whole thing was great."
-Susan Jordan
 attorney at law
"While most online courses out there seem to be pretty ineffective, I was very surprised by the quality of the instructor and the amount of positive and realistic criticism I received in the course. Worth every penny."
-Richard Cheatham
 law case assistant
"Script Analysis should be everyone's complementary course to any screenwriting class. The films and screenplays are perfectly selected to match the week's discussion."
-Irene Quisenberry
"If you need to know anything pertaining to the business, this is the course you need to take."
-Kathleen Stalford
 production program manager
"Finally, I completed a short story!"
-Paula Nixon
"As a must-take if one is at all interested in fiction writing."
-Barry Gold
 scientist & consultant
"A wonderful forum to share and workshop humor writing."
-Stefanie Forman
 public relations/public affairs
"If you've ever considered doing stand up comedy, then theres no doubt in my mind that you should take this course."
-Max Thomas
 advertising agency
"You'll learn, you'll laugh, you'll grow...and best of all, you'll get to put your newly acquired wit to the test when you perform on two of New York's infamous comedy stages!"
-Jody Young
"If you are ready to try your hand at getting a piece published, this could be the perfect intro."
-Scott Barton
 executive chef
"I’ve taken many writing workshops since the age of 20, and this was the best I ever participated in."
-Erin Dow
 public interest lawyer
"A must for a serious screenwriter"
-Curtis Easley
"I left class every day feeling inspired and by the end of the 10 week course I had already started playing open mic nights."
-Adam Ramsey
"I rode the train home scribbling ideas in a notebook. The next morning I got up and wrote another chapter of an easy-reader book I'm experimenting with. As I wrote, I thought about all I'd learned in class about character development, believable dialogue, confict and resolution, and making the whole thing interesting to a youngster. I can't think of a better investment of my time than to spend a Saturday in this class!"
-Linda Post
 corporate communications
"It's very useful for writers who know when sentences 'sound right' but want a better understanding of why they are, in fact, grammatically correct."
-Michelle Robinson
"A fantastic way to improve your writing, whether you're new to the craft or brushing up on old skills."
-Karen McMillen
"The course and the instructor have awakened in me a passion for writing I didn’t know I had."
-Sandra Feria
 office assistant
"The class really makes me want to jump right into the process!"
-Anne Hinsman
"A must for any screenwriter."
-Matthew Blankenship
"A great course for the writer who has completed one or more scripts and is wondering what to do next."
-Kathryn Kyker
 ER social work manager
"Fascinating for a newcomer to the world of freelance."
-Sue Scaff
 professor of humanities
"One of the hardest things with sending queries out is the lack of feedback, so it was wonderful to have a professional point out what worked and what didn't."
-Robin Fitch
"A wonderful course that teaches how to watch movies in a new way and is also instructive if you want to begin writing screenplays yourself."
-Emunah Herzog
 registered nurse
"Hands down, the most valuable learning experience I could have hoped for as an aspiring writer."
-Lara Mitchell
 police and fire dispatcher
"This has been the most stimulating and worthwhile educational experience of my adult life."
-L. Sauda Underwood-Smith
 college administrator
"Learn how to write a script in 10 weeks and also how to market yourself and your script for the industry."
-Dan Noble
"A great place to begin if you've ever asked yourself the question, "What kind of writer do I want to be?""
-Zarak Jan
 united nations staff member
"An excellent investment in your freelance career!"
-Carla Curtsinger
 communications consultant
"It's all about discussing the craft and workshopping a piece that you want to see in stellar form."
-Kimberly Wisneski
 creative writing tutor
"If you want to write romances, start here."
-Alice Gunther
"A great introductory course to writing speculative fiction."
-Coryn Hayman
 emergency physician
"This was an excellent introduction to speculative fiction writing and a great course for someone who has never read a book on writing craft or attempted to write before."
-Steven Howell
 us army officer
"Just what I was looking for to expose myself to new ideas, new people and a whole new way of viewing the craft of writing."
-Jaclyn Hoesch
 associate product manager
"A whirlwind of a course, covering many different aspects of creative writing."
-Dinsdale Raddatz
"I never imagined that I could so thoroughly enjoy a course."
-Lynn Rogers
"It's a very effective way of learning how to write screenplays—by reading, watching, and discussing other people's produced work."
-Antonio Cardoso
 graduate student
"Eye-opening and worthwhile if you ever plan to try to get published."
-John Nevola
"If someone wanted to start a blog this is a great way to get the basics."
-Jessica Alberti
 independent writer/photographer
"I took this course unsure about the whole writing process, and this course served to awaken my excitement for reading and writing fiction. I have signed up for Fiction I, and I can't wait!"
-Hope Teyler
"The Gotham Fiction II class provides a precise distillation of the mechanics of craft, drilling down into concepts taught in Fiction I."
-Gina Kim
"I've gone so often to the threshhold and yet never stepped over. This teacher enabled me to take that 'giant leap,' for which I'm very grateful."
-Joan Pyke
"A realistic, informative look into the freelance lifestyle."
-Amie Santoleri
 advertising executive
"A fantastic overview into the world of freelancing that goes beyond simply writing query letters; it deals with the actual process of making contact as well as business considerations."
-Shari Romar
 technical writer
"It delivered practical, in-the- trenches information by a seasoned writer and editor."
-Lisa Talley
 marketing consultant
-Catherine Stewart
 freelance writer
"A very informative course that will get you blogging from zero to fifty in only four weeks."
-Aimee Swift
 pizza delivery driver
"Great way to overcome blog/technophobia!!"
-Elia Guldan
"How to Blog I offers a hands-on approach to blogging. It takes the mystery out of the blogosphere and gets you on track to create the blog of your dreams!"
-Cynthia Pike-Fuentes
 public relations executive
"Incredibly worth it."
-Lisette Johnson
 senior editor, nyt almanac
"The best playwriting course I have ever taken. If I had another life to live, I would spend it as playwright. Yes, I was that inspired!"
-Judith Liberman
"Great intro course to article writing. I can honestly say that I now look at an article in a newspaper or magazine in a completely different light!"
-Rupina Meer
 freelance corporate writer
"Effective and helpful like you can't imagine."
-Cristine Richmond
 theatrical/tv wardrobe asst.
"Truly inspirational!"
-Alexis Foxx
 lab tech
"I've taken writing courses in college, adult education classes and a couple of writing workshops. Fiction Writing I at Gotham has been by far the most rewarding."
-John Daley
 cable television advertising
"Enjoyable, inspirational and a great way to "unlock" the poetry within!"
-Debbie Hall
"Take this course and you'll be amazed at the incredible tools you can use to give your writing experience a great start."
-Marco Rodríguez
 creative consultant
"An amazing learning environment."
-Jeff Vande Zande
 community college professor
"I am walking away from this course with much more than I would have imagined and a hunger to continue travel writing."
-M'Daya Meliani
 television editor
"The class gave a clear and concise instruction on the basics of freelancing. It provided me with many tips and straight information that are of great use. Well worth the price."
-Ben Davol
 medical sales
"An informative class that gives you real-life examples of how to go out and sell an article. A good place to learn the framework of article-writing. By the end of this class, I had a professional pitch and the beginnings of an article that was timely, relevant, and sellable!"
-J. L. Stermer
 literary agent
"This is an intensive, extremely smart four-week master plan for creating the perfect nonfiction proposal."
-Tim Hall
"I wanted to start a blog for over a year but didn't know how to do it. I cannot believe I got one up and running in about two weeks. Better yet, I feel like I understand what I'm doing."
-Charlene Watler
 HR consultant
"Very informative and useful for all memoir writers."
-Chak Koonapareddy
"For those who are timid or unsure of the power of blogging, this class is perfect for them."
-Octavia Randall
 nuclear medicine technologist
"A must if you are seriously considering blogging."
-Kathleen Miscioscio
 marketing consultant
"If the memories inside your head are as cluttered and chaotic as all those photos you still haven't put into albums, this course is a good way to start imposing some structure on them."
-Suzanne La Muniere
 IT purchasing coordinator
"Very positive introduction to the basics of mystery novel writing."
-Noreen Connell
"It opened my eyes, guided my concentration, and trained my hand."
-Georgia Murray
 freelance writer & playwright
"I tell my friends (and anyone who will listen) that GWW is such a powerful way to improve and deepen writing skills."
-Laura Cook
 video editor
"If you want to understand publishing and if you want to learn how to write an effective query letter, this course is worth the investment."
-Namrata Patel
 marketing consultant
"By the last two classes you actually stand in front with a mic and the lights shining at you just like a club. You can do a routine in a real club with your other classmates (but only if you want to) and in my class everyone did it and enjoyed it."
-Larry DeCato
"If you're serious about getting a blog up and going, this is the class for you!"
-Robyn Lazara
 executive assistant
"This course lives up to its description. It covers a wide range of writing topics and practices and really opens your eyes to the options of creative writing. "
-Marjorie Lim
 customer service
"Awesome. A life changer!"
-Trish Katz
 massage therapist
"An inspiring, fire-in-my-heart-starting, enjoyable, memorable class."
-Eva Rychtarikova
 hospital administrator
"You will leave a much more confident writer than when you began."
-Edward McNamara
"I would recommend Gotham to anyone that is interested in testing the proverbial waters of writing."
-Chad Brinkman
 adjunct faculty, NYU
"If you'd like to hone your skills as a songwriter and learn the main tools that are needed to create solid songs while being entertained and entertaining others too...this is the class for you."
-Jennifer Vazquez
"It helps you distinguish between the various types of nonfiction writing to determine where you are on the spectrum and what to study next."
-Brian Shannon
"The students were inspirational, from different age groups with different back grounds. The class atmosphere was open and welcome for anyone to express their opinions."
-Takako Sato
 real estate broker
"The instructor makes the class material very fun and interesting with real world scenarios."
-Peggy Lee
 music teacher
"A great course that will help you in all areas of your working environment."
-Tracy Martin
 public relations
"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
"Every class was something new. I was never bored."
-Shirley Thomas
 administrative coordinator
"The most fun three hours of my week, every week. In just a couple of months, I learned an incredible amount about the craft of fiction, and laughed heartily while doing it."
-Dodd Ellsworth
 software developer
"This course has changed my perspective on fiction."
-Lauren Korrol
"It's a great way to improve your pieces, experiment with style, and determine what readers enjoy."
-Isobel Scott
 editorial assistant
"My experience of Gotham instructors is very positive. They are unfailingly encouraging and at the same time, provide actual, beneficial criticism."
-Mary-Ann Arlt
"This is a terrific opportunity to get in there and write in a supportive, engaging, constructive environment. "
-Margaret Morth
 freelance copy editor
"[The Instructor] is a joyful and energetic raconteur who entertains, educates and always encourages. He is the Big Bang of ideas."
-Michael Bennett
 michael bennett, rehabilitation physician
"Best thing I've done for my writing career."
-Jen Hill
"An excellent way to fall in love with writing again."
-Chloe Sehr
 freelance writer
"The best writing class I've ever taken. Sign up now, like right now, before it fills up and you get wait listed."
-Edward McNamara
"Heady, exciting, and extremely beneficial. Our classes always had a perfect balance of critique, praise, and instruction. "
-Chad Brinkman
 guest teaching artist, NYU
"The course helped to re-ignite my passion for my book. I'm excited enough to register early for Memoir II."
-Tracey Hughes
 public relations
"The teacher has inspired to me to such an extent that I feel like I can actually complete my novel now."
-Linda Johnson
 high school english teacher
"This was the best class I have ever taken period. "
-Karen Bacon
 technology consultant
"It's a great motivating tool when you have a screenplay in your head that you need to write. This class will pull that story out of you and put it on a page."
-Sarah Coker
 advertising writer
"This class was amazing. I learned so much and to my suprise, started writing songs after the first class."
-Sari Kessler
 jazz singer
"I was exhausted from work when I came into the room, but the writing and the socializing re-energized me. Nice way to meet new people and also the excellent Gotham instructors."
-David Paulson
 IT project manager
"The Write-In is a great way to break through writer's block. It is a laid back environment where you can get away from everything, put pen to paper, and meet some nice people."
-Will Ferraro
 speech writer
"What a great way to start off my weekend! Writing, getting positive feedback, meeting new people and eating cheese is an awesome combination."
-Eva Bilick
 administrative assistant
"I drove one and half hours each way for this course and I can't wait to do it again!"
-Jamal Stroman
 technical support
"This class taught me so much about the craft of writing children's books. It grew my love of books even more!"
-Maria Hanley
 early childhood dance educator
"A fun, challenging experience that helped me figure out what I want out of life."
-Adrienne Morain
"I have recommended Gotham to all my friends (and one cousin) who are interested in writing."
-Brenda Coven
"We had an instructor who was interesting, but also interested herself -- in the students and their writing. "
-Lucas Dedrick
 registered nurse
"Fiction II is for anyone who wants to delve into the elements of fiction more deeply, and for those who are seeking a community of writers with which to share their work."
-Dara Kell
"This program will give you increased confidence in your business writing ability. You will learn how to craft your messages to cause your intended impact, and discover your own personal, yet professional, style."
-Ellyn Stein
 executive development trainer
"An absolute necessity if you wish to become a children's books author."
-Dino Bianchinotti
"I believe everyone has a writer inside of them, and this class is a great place to learn how to let him/her out."
-David Black
 advertising creative
"The course was like a mouthwatering piece of chocolate cake, each bite better than the last and when it's all gone, you cant help but miss it."
-Noverlee Howell
 college counselor
"An inspirational, once in a life time opportunity to overcome any fear and anxiety of your personal writing skills."
-Timothy Kirkpatrick
 HR director
"Probably the smartest thing I have done with my spare time in many years."
-Phil Fryberger
 financial consultant
"Worth every minute of your time, and much, much, much more than what you paid for it."
-Nicholas Fuller Googins
"A fantastic journey into yourself."
-Jennifer French
"A full house of all the things a writer needs to be a better writer."
-Darrin Pruitt
 public health preparedness
"You don't need to know anything going into the course and you can still come out feeling like you're ready to try performing at some open mics."
-Tiffany Peon
 project manager
"It was a tremendous experience, one that I will never forget. I recommend the class for anyone even the slightest bit curious about what it's like to be a stand-up comedian. "
-Calvin Henderson
 IT technician
"You don't need to know anything going into the course and you can still come out feeling like you're ready to try performing at some open mics."
-Tiffany Peon
 project manager
"I recommend the class for anyone even the slightest bit curious about what it's like to be a stand-up comedian."
-Calvin Henderson
 IT technician
"A real-world look at the business of writing for television that gave me the tools and motivation to write my first spec script. I'm confident that I can use what I learned to break into the industry."
-Chris Neyman
 commercial music composer
"A great opportunity to explore your creativity, learn about the craft, and meet a whole bunch of very intersting people that you would probably never encounter in your daily life."
-Shelley Nagar
"The course explores how to tap into your most creative self for writing. How to create ritual, but also find ways to free yourself up from rigidities that inhibit creativity."
-Linda Lucero
 life coach
"Fun, engaging, stimulating. I can definitely see how incorporating these techniques into my "writing life" will help me a lot."
-Lisa Thompson
"This one-day intensive was nothing short of a most incredible experience."
-Lori Cohen
"A Gotham class will introduce you to a highly-motivated group of writers, led by a perceptive instructor, all of whom will help you look at your work in a new light."
-Daniel Brody
 broadcast engineer
"This is less of a course, more of a life experience: an opportunity to perform in a real stand-up comedy show."
-Kerry Weinstein
"If you are looking for real information in order to get your foot into the TV writing industry, this is a great class."
-David Levy
"A must if you're thinking of writing your own pilot."
-Roxy McCarroll
 site director
"The course heightens the awareness of the ambient (internal/external) space that influences what we put on paper. "
-Ruth Eichacker
 language teacher
"This course was nothing short of an incredible experience. Different than anything I've ever experienced."
-Lori Cohen
"I couldn't believe the way it helped me write."
-Jean Prendergast
"Very helpful in making one's writing more colorful and interesting."
-David Paulson
 IT manager
"An encouraging forum for those who are new to writing or just coming back to it."
-Michael Foley
 art dealer
"The class truly helped me unlock an imaginative part of myself that I didn't know was there, as well as dismantle some fears and reservations about creative writing. "
-Kelly Griego
 marketing professional
"Exactly what I needed to get my script on track. I can't imagine having done it without the support from this class."
-Allie Scully
"Challenging, motivating, inspiring."
-Allen Wahl
"An incredibly helpful course to get yourself writing and thinking about important concepts that you will explore for the rest of your writing life."
-Deenah Shutzer
"An outstanding class that I would highly recommend to anyone with an interest in any type of humor writing. "
-Kristen Williams
 art director
"I am writing more now than I have in years and I look forward to taking another class soon."
-Lisa Goris
 production manager
"Incredibly insightful if you are interested in learning what the reality of TV writing looks like."
-Scott San Emeterio
 investment banking
"Perfect introduction to the creative writing process."
-Jeffrey Davis
"A fun course that teaches the essential elements of effective writing for business."
-Kent Woolridge
 office manager
"This course will build up your confidence as a writer. "
-Adriana Walker
 billing coordinator/paralegal
"A respite from "9 to 5." A stimulating, creative, engaging, non-pressured environment that allows for creative growth and fun! "
-Sarah Lewen
 marketing manager
"The amount of information the teacher gave was amazing."
-Ericka Mitton
 retail management exec
"By the end of the day, you'll have a working definition of what a personal essay is and how to write one. "
-Ruth Eichacker
"Valuable, motivating and relevant. It gives a very clear outline of what personal essays should be."
-Alicia Bridges
"If you want to understand how to write your own personal narrative, and gain some insight into essay writing as a whole, this is a great place to start. Tips on publishing an extra plus!"
-Evelyn Nunlee
 personal trainer
"The instructor skillfully combined technique, process and personal experience to create an engaging full-day experience. "
-Michele Keenan
 superintendent of schools
-Danielle Tezcan
"Plenty of opportunity for wide-ranging creativity in a safe place."
-Jacqueline McKeon
 retired social worker
"This course was a gem! Five hours of straight writing from prompts with gentle feedback. Perfect for those, like myself, who wish to simply write to gather new materials. "
-Roselyn Leibowitz
"This course was a gem! Five hours of straight writing from prompts with gentle feedback. Perfect for those, like myself, who wish to simply write to gather new materials. "
-Roselyn Leibowitz
"This course was a gem! Five hours of straight writing from prompts with gentle feedback. Perfect for those, like myself, who wish to simply write to gather new materials. "
-Roselyn Leibowitz
"You meet so many amazing people from different backgrounds and writing styles, so in addition to learning from the teacher, you learn from your peers. "
-Meghan Imiola
"The course breaks down the anatomy of what makes a good story. By the end of the class you have the basic framework for developing a full-bodied article. "
-Rafael Roy
"An excellent introduction to children's books, even for those well-versed in other styles of writing. "
-Rose McAdoo
 event coordinator
"This was a truly exceptional experience."
-John Furth
 management consultant
"This course was a game-changer in the beginning of this life chapter for me as a writer."
-Wendy Timmons
"I came away from this class with a clear sense of my own process, strengths, and best practices as a collaborating songwriter."
-Cristina Nocerino
 data manager, publishing
"This class gives you an excellent foundation in stand-up comedy writing, plus great performance tips so you will be killing audiences in no time."
-Alejandro Borrero
" I look at my creative writing after just 10 weeks and am amazed at what I can do and how proud I feel about my writing. "
-John Furth
 management consultant
"The kick in the butt you need to get your screenplay out of your head and on to the page!"
-Olubukola Elegbede
 assistant production manager CBS
"A good and necessary overview of the television writing process."
-Brittny Krone-West
 post-production manager
"This course lifted me up, introduced me to some incredibly talented people, and gave me a forum to do what I love. It was an inspiration."
-Joanna Pellecchia
 financial industry
"The course breaks down the anatomy of what makes a good story. By the end of the class you have the basic framework for developing a full bodied article. "
-Rafael Roy
"This course, taught by an industry professional, allows you to get your feet wet going through the process of creating your own comic, by sketching out ideas, writing part of the script, and pitching it to your peers. "
-Sarah Raven
 elementary school teacher
"If you want to write speculative fiction, take this class!"
-Sean Viall
 IT professional
"If you want to learn basic tv show structure and how to write a spec script, this class is for you."
-Susannah Bohlke
"A perfect guide to writing a spec script (even if you've written one before)."
-Chris Beier
 digital video producer
"An incredibly helpful kick in the butt to get writing seriously."
-Sarah Nannery
 fundraising manager
"It amplified the joy I feel in writing!"
-Noelle Williams
"Learned a lot about writing while laughing very hard. "
-Dodd Ellsworth
 computer programmer
"My writing has improved more than 100%, and I can hardly wait to take another course."
-Diane Calvert
 visual artist
"Taking classes at Gotham is one of the best decisions I have ever made."
-Warren Shaw
"A classroom full of insight."
-Martin Brown
"It was empowering to hear what my fellow students, who were all smart and thoughtful, liked, and it turned out to be not scary to hear what they thought could be improved or made clearer."
-Judy Wailes
 economics analyst
"This is a fantastic opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of screenwriting in a laid-back, enjoyable atmosphere."
-John Walters
"Gotham's screenwriting course is an incredible source for information and support. A virtual launchpad into the business of writing for the screen. "
-Kathrine Stevens
"A great way to get a jump on an idea for a screenplay while learning the fundamentals for what makes a script shine."
-Adam Freed
"It's such a rewarding way to step out of your comfort zone and feel like you've truly accomplished something, to perform stand-up."
-Heather Akers
"I was exhausted from work when I came into the room, but the writing and the socializing re-energized me. Nice way to meet new people and also the excellent Gotham instructors."
-David Paulson
 IT project manager
"The Write-In is a great way to break through writer's block. It is a laid back environment where you can get away from everything, put pen to paper, and meet some nice people."
-Will Ferraro
 speech writer
"If you need to get out of your head for a few hours or want to try something out, this class is for you."
-Calvin Henderson
 IT technician
"It's interesting to hear how one prompt can be interpreted in so many different ways. It's great fodder for creativity!"
-Karen Ladson
"I loved the breaks with wine and goodies. It broke the ice and made it easy to have conversation with the other students."
-Carmen Estevez
 english teacher
"I had never done anything like this before in my life and I was scared to death. When I walked in, I was so relieved as the entire environment was very welcoming and laid back."
-Candace Yoshioka
 online sales
"It was an extremely rewarding experience—well organized, managed, and executed. I would like to take some other courses organized along the same lines. There were no negatives worth mentioning. I will recommend it highly to others. A superb class!"
-R. Stephen Rasin
 corporate president and venture capitalist
"I loved taking the online class! Having taken Gotham classes both online and in person, I can honestly say I didn't miss the personal experience at all. In fact, the interaction among the students may have been more extensive because everyone had time to ruminate about their critiques and to say what they might not be willing to say in person."
-Wendy Ouellette
 stage manager
"If it weren't for online classes, I would still be picking up those Gotham course bulletins and not finding a time when I could take a live class. It's almost 4am now, and I am getting a lot of work done. PLUS, we had classmates in Tokyo, California, Israel, Ontario, Oregon, etc. Priceless mix of people."
-Theresa Barry
"I didn't know I would get so much out of a course, much less an online one. This was not only my first writing class, but my first online class in general, and I'd recommend this to any of my friends and acquaintances who show an interest."
-Heather Gadol
"I have honestly found every week's lecture to be interesting, with something new and unexpected. I will return to the lectures long after the course has finished. It is just the most fantastic thing to be able to learn from an instructor in New York."
-Margarita Crutchley
 assistant, photo library
"Taking an online class was absolutely perfect for me. Fitting a student's life into family routine isn't always easy, but through the wonders of the Internet, I could log on whenever I had time. Contrary to my first belief, an online course can be a highly personal experience."
-Grete Kempton
"I shopped around quite a bit on the Web before signing up, and this class has exceeded my expectations and given me the impetus and confidence to keep writing. The site is very well organized and made the whole process enjoyable. I think Gotham has set the standard for what an online fiction writing class should be. I will be back for more!"
-David Krohne
"I love it! I didn't think that an online class could be comparable to a real class; I never would have imagined it to be superior! Your online classes are the paradigm for all future online schools to emulate. Thanks to your class, I have already written the first 10 pages of my screenplay, and it's only the third week! You've made a lifelong Gotham student out of me."
-Monroe Mann
 Unstoppable Artists Business School
"On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate this class a 10. The course, the fellow students, the insights, the structure, the ease of use of your Web site, and most particularly your instructor made the class one of the most wonderful, valuable, and interesting learning experiences of my life."
-Gene DePoris
"The instructor's lectures were well crafted, and he expanded on his ideas throughout the week. The notebook assignments were extremely useful in fleshing out the characters in my book, and establishing a trigger for their conduct in my plot. But above all that, his comments on my work were stellar, he helped me to understand what I was writing, and motivated me to keep going."
-John Fetto
"The instructor was very personable and gave intellectually stimulating lectures. He is one of the most exceptionally talented instructors I have ever encountered and that includes my college experience."
-Gaye McKenney
"The readings were excellent examples of each craft element. I saw books I'd read before in new ways, and was introduced to new writers I'd never heard of. The lectures were in-depth and worthy of saving for deeper understanding down the line. Excellent class."
-Karen Aschenbach
"The instructor provided an invaluable insider's point of view…. This Gotham class allowed me to take part in dialogues with people from Croatia to Washington State, on topics from an encounter with Mother Theresa to peddling a pedicab in California. I loved the disparate points of view and the extravagant variety of travel experiences that were shared online!"
-Teri Albert
"The teacher was one of the great teachers of my life (including my Yale professors!). He takes such tremendous care with each submission—it's as if he were preparing the students' novels for publication himself!"
-Dolly Reynolds
"I loved the online experience. The convenience of being able to study in my own home, and connect with people thousands of miles away. I think it's better than an actual classroom. It allows a more flexible schedule—if you get interrupted, you can just stop and catch up later.…"
-Brenda Sorrels
"I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. In terms of my writing, it was a breakthrough experience for me. I started something that I think is my best work yet, and I hope to finish it within the next six months."
-Vicki Norris
 retired lawyer
"This was one of the most impressive instructors I've ever had (either as an undergrad at Sarah Lawrence, a grad student at Harvard, a med student at Einstein, or a psych resident at NYU). He's very knowledgeable, approachable, encouraging, enthusiastic, and his lectures in and of themselves could constitute a textbook in the vein of Robert McKee's Story or Lajos Egri's Principles of Dramatic Writing."
-David Salvage
"Gotham Writers' Workshop has proved a priceless resource for our members, and writers around the world. Their skilled instruction, convenient class schedules, and student-faculty exchange are without equal."
-John Johnson
 executive director
 American Screenwriters Association
"I heartily recommend Gotham Writers' Workshop screenwriting workshops. Their reputation for providing expert instruction, small class size, and extensive student-teacher interaction is unbeatable."
-Frank Colin
 vice president
 Final Draft, Inc.
"This class, taught by a literary agent, is a tremendous opportunity to ask questions of a publishing industry insider."
-Alan Schleimer
"Quite simply, this has been a life-changing, life-enriching experience. No kidding. This is the best gift I've given myself in years."
-Brenda Nesbitt
 creative director
"This course was exactly what I needed. Now I feel so inspired and motivated to keep writing, hopefully to the point where I'll eventually complete my first book. The instructor's down-to-earth, informative, and very encouraging style of teaching made all the difference. Was well worth it. Can't wait to do it again!"
-Franca DiMaso
 sales coordinator
"More than I expected, and worth every penny. I signed up for the course through Zoetrope.com, an online writing community, and expected to learn a bit about the basics of fiction. But with my instructor's guidance and steady encouragement, I have participated in online conversations with my classmates about the intricacies of plot, dialogue, characterization, conflicts, resolutions, and revising. I have written two short stories, as well as commented and reviewed scores more. I have learned not just the basics of fiction, but what it truly takes to cultivate that passion so that it comes alive for readers. And I have learned that none of this is easy, but attainable with lots of dedication, perseverance and faith. And that's priceless."
-Jamie Stockwell
"The instructor was one of the most articulate teachers I've had on any subject. She was also perceptive and highly intuitive. She was able to illuminate strengths and weaknesses in my writing with precision. She obviously cares about writing and about giving others the tools that will enable them to experience the rewards of writing something well."
-Lisa M. Maranto
 tax attorney
"The instructor was amazing. She was always positive, insightful, encouraging, and tremendously knowledgeable. She pushed us to do more than we believed we could and gave us the benefit of both the breadth and the depth of her knowledge, understanding, and experience of the craft."
-Anne Woods
"I learned more in this course than I could possibly write here. The instructor was amazing online. The best I've ever had and I have taken 7 online courses at various places. My understanding of the issues related to writing a novel is light years ahead of where it was prior to the class."
-Barbara Seith
 managing director
"The instructor is that rare person who has proven herself a success in her field, and is also able to convey her understanding of the material in a clear, easy-to-follow fashion that promotes a healthy dialogue and understanding among her students."
-Louisa Edwards
 editorial assistant
"This class has been one of the highlights of my life."
-Sheryl Jones
"Science Fiction Writing I provided a wonderful step-by-step guide to the basics of writing compelling science fiction, covering everything from inventing a story line to plot and character development to the essentials of world-building. The class also propelled me into a community of writers, who bonded together in a supportive environment."
-Laurie Pine
 communications specialist
"I think taking an online class is brilliant because you can access the class 24/7. I love the break down of the lecture, the notebook, the class discussion, and the booth. Most of all, this class got me writing for 10 weeks straight! With interactivity, you feel you want to write. You have a purpose and a goal so you prioritize it. And you feel like you're getting somewhere. I've taken Gotham's classes before and I will take them again—they're awesome."
-Marilyn Miller
"Don't be hung-up on the idea of a 'cold, sterile computer class' - Gotham's web design is as close to being in a friendly classroom as you'll ever experience!"
-Jeanne Rawlings
 documentary filmmaker
"The course gave me the push I needed to write again. I feel like I've gained a lot in writing skill and the reading has exposed me to a lot of writers I didn't know existed. I can't think of an easier or quicker way to access feedback from other writers. I can't wait for the next course…. I enjoyed the chat room specifically when our instructor and then a member of Zoetrope publishing joined it. The information I got from those two sessions was priceless."
-Suzanne Hamby
"You'll be blogging by the end & learning how promote your blog. I highly recommend it. "
-Holly Warah
"This course gives you the information you need to start a blog and feel confident about putting yourself out there."
-Josette LeBlanc
 TESOL teacher educator
"The Travel Writing course is an uplifting journey that helps aspiring writers identify the different aspects of travel writing."
-Jason Emilio Rodriguez
 government public service
"The course on blogging provides everything you need to know about either starting a blog or refining an existing one."
-Kathleen Booker
 director/analyst, operations
"A terrific primer on how to outline and write a script for an existing TV show."
-Amy Martin
 freelance writer
"The course was one of the most memorable journeys that I have taken."
-Rebecca Eder
 developmental psychologist
"A must for newbie bloggers."
-Jacquline Hopson
 nuclear chemist
"This is a great course, keeps your mind engaged and your fingers typing."
-Cindy May
"A must for newbie bloggers."
-Jacquline Hopson
 nuclear chemist
"The most practical and useful writing class I've ever taken, and that from someone who never liked school."
-Andrew Glasser
 tax accountant
"If you're looking for a thorough explanation and examination of the nonfiction book proposal process, this is the course for you."
-Kristen Levithan
 freelance writer
"A great way to gain insider secrets about the publishing world while at the same time gaining the opportunity to taIlor your own writing to appeal to agents and publishers."
-Sara Tiffany
 animal behavioralist
"It took away the starry-eyed feeling of selling your screenplay and replaced it with practical tips on how to move forward in the topsy-turvy world of the entertainment industry."
-Heather Donnell
"This class is a ten course tasting menu of the genres of food writing.You will leave the course with a better appreciation of food, wine, and food writing. "
-Rebecca Eder
 developmental psychologist
"The class takes place in a virtual classroom. All components of the website are very user friendly. I really felt like I was attending a class each week, even though it was online. "
-Tracy McGeehan
"If you have always wanted to write a spec script, this class will give you the knowledge and structure to do it."
-John Garrison
 computer programmer
"GWW is the best online writing class I've found."
-Richard Brooks
 television producer
"A fun and intriguing introductory course to children's writing that forces you to realize the amount of creativity and hard work that was poured into some of your favorite childhood stories."
-Kera Morgan
 public relations executive
"This course is absolutely necessary to the beginning blogger."
-Fawn Hahnenberg
"A delicious overview of food writing and the many forms it takes."
-Susan Palsa
"A good inspirational kick in the pants."
-Melanie Senn
 university lecturer
"The course gives you a perfect introduction to the the craft of writing science fiction."
-Larry Felton
 technology executive
"A great introduction to the idea of memoir."
-Erich Ball
 united nations officer
"Even my editor, a former senior editor at Oxford University Press was taken aback by my satisfaction with the course. So, she's looking into herself."
-Mia Hankins
"So refreshing to take an online course with an instructor who is engaged from the start and every day. That hasn't been my experience in the past with other online courses. I also appreciate that the lectures for this online writing course were actually well-written (also not my experience in the past)."
-Julie Fletcher
 freelance editor
"Well worthwhile. I would strongly recommend for those in the early stages of writing."
-Ann Wheaton
"What I enjoyed most about this course was the direct on-point query letter critique from the instructor, not once but twice."
-Genevieve Doyle
 medical editor
"If you are looking for a yummy adventure to savor the tastes and memories of the food world, then sign up for this grand course!"
-Malaika Tanner
 spanish/ESL teacher
"The most fun I've ever had in a writing class, and I've taken many."
-Lorrie Gault
 administrative assistant
"This course is like a journey into a forgotten world that you used to know."
-Junis Sultan
"I enrolled in Romance I on a whim. It's what I love to read. Why not try writing it? I can't imagine a more supportive instructor and smarter fellow writers to encourage me every step of the way."
-Lisa Christensen
 advertising writing director
"I have no idea if I will ever publish anything, but I did learn that writing is fun and interacting with other writers is fun."
-Forrest Zell
 bar manager
"This class was what I needed to reacquaint myself with the nuts and bolts of writing fiction. I was spending too much time reading fiction and telling myself, "I could write something better.""
-Mimi Kerr
"Very good intensive on setting up a blog."
-Catherine Vitale
"If you want to pursue your dream of being a science-fiction writer, this course will open your imagination."
-Pamela Henderson
"The best story-writing class I've ever taken!"
-Brenda Noonan
 technical writer
"Fun, educational, and motivating!"
-Vincent Harper
-Maria Vides
 care manager for the elderly
"The instructor was a professional poet and a skilled teacher whose enthusiasm and experience made us each believe that we, too, have that of the poet in us."
-Laura Jackson
 organic farm educator
"The online format is very accommodating for those of us who struggle to 'find the time'. You will find yourself getting addicted to the course, anticipating the next assignment and critique every week. "
-Lisa Jones
 director of controlling
"An excellent primer on how to get started as a freelance writer."
-Lisa Conquet
"Excellent intro to the publishing business with an awesome chance for personal feedback on a query."
-Christina Perry
 registered nurse
"This class blew away the anxiety connected to writing and perfection."
-Mindy Jones
 content developer
"This is, by far, the most exciting course I have ever taken!"
-Lucie Tanguay
 marketing consultant
"The comments and compliments my instructor gave not only boosted my confidence as a writer, but as trivial as it may seem, also simply made me smile. I just loved this class."
-Kimberly Maloney
 college student
"This was a wonderful experience and I have already signed up for my second class."
-Rebecca Perkins
 wealth management
"A very eye-opening experience that has allowed me to realize that there are other ways of looking at the world and in-turn taking those perceptions and writing something about them."
-Stephanie Eilebrecht
 data entry specialist
"The best thing about the Creative Writing 101 course was that it provided basic information without being to simple. It truly helped me build a foundation for my writing practices."
-Rebecca Bichard
 training manager
"A structured approach to breaking down humor writing to its basics so you know how to build it yourself."
-Brad McMillen
 internet ad agency owner
"A very inspiring and informative introduction to the foundation of several types of nonfiction writing. "
-Clare Dodd
 writer & social media manager
"A place to go to learn from other kindred spirits."
-Karen Z. Waltensperger
 international health advisor
"A very helpful introduction to blogging."
-Colleen Ellis
 book seller
"This course helped me sculpt and polish my work so that others might enjoy it, in print. Wish me luck!"
-Kathy Nieber-Lathrop
 retired school counselor
"You might feel weird about an online class, in the sense that you may not get the same benefits as being in a classroom, BUT you get so much. Printable lectures, feedback, teacher accessibility and even a weekly lounge for touching base and meeting the others."
-Suzanne Cerreta
"What I loved most about this course was the opportunity to expand my imagination."
-Krista Granieri
"I'm not exaggerating when I say it's changed me in a fundamental way, and I'm delighted."
-Elizabeth Braden
 production editor
"This course helped me have a major writing breakthrough. Very exciting! "
-Maggie Tsavaris
 law professor
"Great class for anyone serious about completing a novel."
-Katherine Lim
"This course brought me to an entirely new level of writing and interpreting plays"
-Kimberly Kenna
"I have grown more in these 10 weeks with Gotham than in an entire year on my own."
-Will Pharis
 theater teacher
"The feeback will give you a new perspective on your writing."
-Juliana Caporali
 marketing communications lead
"The course material was outstanding and progressed in a helpful sequence from week to week."
-Kathy Ayers
"Convenient, fun, and enlightening!"
-Evan Williams
"This course is invaluable. It really makes you sit down every day and write something, even if it's a phrase."
-Paul Perroni
"Try to imagine the Lord of the Rings trilogy without Gandalf. That's what my life was like before I met my instructor. I would say three words to anyone considering a Gotham course: Do it now!"
-Rois Beal
"Everything I ever needed to know about blogging was covered. "
-Dawn Leader-Peloso
 marketing/communications spec.
"The class is about to end, and I am confident that with practice and hard work I will be able to try something I have spent my life wanting to try."
-Lyndi O'Laughlin
"It's invaluable to get feedback from someone who is actually in the industry."
-Kathryn Paterson
 freelance writer/editor
"This is so much more than what you think Script Analysis would cover."
-Anna Minasyan
"A fantastic way to test the writing waters and share your work if fear has always held you back."
-Nancy O'Connor
"An invaluable experience."
-David Hines
 municipal worker
"A very thorough course on how to write great feature articles, covering not just the writing and content, but how to approach an editor as well."
-Traci Browne
 freelance writer
"This course is for writers who want to be authors and realize that to do that they need to dedicate themselves to regularly writing, regular honest critiquing, and continuous learning about their writing process."
-Wendy LeBolt
 exercise physiologist
"The class is a gateway to a new or renewed commitment to your writing and to yourself."
-Pamela Ouellette
 speech language pathologist
"Take this course if you want to learn how to write mystery. You'd be hard pressed to find a more advanced online mystery writing course."
-Kenton Yee
 investment manager
"It's the best money you'll ever spend."
-Constance Bullard
"This course is well paced, relevant to today's theatre and a wonderful creative spark for any project that you might have in the can or have just been thinking about."
-Brad Jones
 association director
"A great way to take an idea or a fledgling pilot and take it to the next level."
-Lynn Bakamjian
 global health consultant
"This is an excellent course to learn screenwriting basics and to discover if screenwriting is an activity you want to pursue."
-Jerry Klein
"A course where someone can gain confidence and build courage."
-Lorlie Watler
"I felt I was part of a group of people who care about creative writing and literature—a new experience for me."
-Janelle Trees
"It was an absolute thrill and quite inspirational."
-Elise Brancheau
 opera singer
"If you need to develop a query, this is the course to take."
-Cynthia Sabelhaus
 security manager
"It's like working with a helpful editor for 10 weeks fixing all your mistakes and helping you craft your writing. For a freelance writer that is worth its weight in gold."
-Traci Browne
 freelance writer
"This is a powerful way to work your way into the writer's world. "
-Alfredo Maranca
"I feel as though my goals of being a professional writer are much more attainable now!"
-Caitlin Carroll
 PR professional
"Gotham online courses provide surprisingly good opportunities for group interaction despite the absence of face-to-face contact. "
-Joan Countryman
 retired teacher
"A great way to see what it's all about and learn about the industry."
-Terry Kaye
"A structured yet fun approach to firing one's creative synapses."
-PF Wills
 organizational change manager
"I had a great time and found it to be very useful when trying to break out of my shell."
-Lisa Mitchell
 nationwide claims CSR
"This is the best online course I have ever done. The way Gotham puts the lessons together and, more importantly, the weekly exercises and Booth projects, with comments not only from the teacher but also the class, is one of the most effective forms of learning one can experience."
-Kashonia Carnegie
"This course made me believe that I had a story to tell and that I could craft one that would resonate."
-William Dameron
 director of it
"If anyone has any reservations about taking an online writing class, they can be assured that this will be a wonderful experience, full of lessons, critique and feedback from a knowledgeable instructor, as well as from the other students."
-Jill Strada
 radio station program director
"This was a great leap into fiction for me."
-David Riley
 SVP business development
"Great course for building a foundation for proposal writing."
-Helene Connelly
"Phrases I would use are "achievable deadlines for working people", "constructive critiques from an eagle-eyed instructor" and "bloody good course". Am I allowed to swear?"
-Rebecca Reader
 english language teacher
"All writers struggle in isolation so it's been buoying to connect with other writers in a non-competitive arena."
-Nina Graci
"This course will open your eyes to the difficulty of writing good poetry, which is the first step to actually writing good poetry."
-Robert Hahn
"The course helps you immerse yourself in the cogs and gears of what makes for great SF. "
-Ashley Jacobs
"A great course for beginners that can take you from 0-60 in your knowledge of TV writing."
-Justin Peele
"I had a great time studying TV and talking about it with other people who are passionate about it."
-Robyn Gordon
 technical writer
"The class is a nurturing environment and a wonderful place to practice and hone the craft of screenwriting."
-Tim Kenyon
 college instructor
"A dream come true."
-Greg Morgoglione
 art of humanity advocate
"This is now my third class at Gotham and every teacher has been top notch."
-Paula Heaphy
 illustrator/textile designer
"If you've ever had a voice somewhere inside you, urging you to give this a try, if for no other reason than to say you tried, this is a wonderful way to do it. "
-Stuart Hill
"I was hesitant to take a course online, but after this course, I have already signed up for a second one."
-Carlene Wilson
 captain, USN (ret)
"I have already related to others my great experience in this course. It has been a real highlight of my year."
-Kirk Mitchell
 high school counselor
"An inspirational experience, mind-expanding and unique."
-Lori Cohen
"Every author wants to write that one story that will have a great impact, maybe even change the world. This course will help get you there!"
-Tad Blankenburg
 project manager
"The most practical and effective online fiction writing course I've ever taken."
-Gary Bishop
"This course enabled me to take a quantum leap in the quality of my nonfiction writing."
-Freddi Steele
 stained glass artist
"This course is a little gem of mind expansion exercises."
-David Graham
 computer analyst
"If you are writing a Romance novel, this class is a must."
-Kim Wise
"A unique chance to work with a dozen other aspiring fantasy and science fiction authors in a supportive and thought-charged environment with a great instructor."
-Chip Houser
"This course is great for someone who has an idea for a TV show, and has no idea how to go about writing it."
-Katie Arroyo
 radiation therapy
"Gotham has found the perfect balance of freedom, knowledge, insight, and support."
-Mariana Frias Vega
 audio engineer
"I would label this course "essential" for those wishing to avoid spending years wandering down blind literary alleyways."
-Rebecca Reader
 english language teacher
"The best investment I've made as a writer thus far."
-Tiffany Baugh
 bank teller
"The class was just what I was looking for: a jump-start to my writing with a variety of different exercises to get my creative juices flowing."
-Corinne McKay
"This course made me a better writer, without a doubt."
-Ari Loeb
 circus performer
"As a reader, you're familiar with the many forms of nonfiction, from reviews to essays. This course takes you "inside" them to learn and practice the characteristics of each."
-Lynn Fantom
 ad agency CEO
"I loved the flexibly this course offered for people with odd schedules. "
-Codi Vines
"A great how-to class for executing a book proposal. By the end of it, I had a clear guideline and was ready to roll."
-Elizabeth McCourt
"A great primer on nonfiction proposal writing, with an eye to getting your project noticed by those who matter--agents and editors."
-Linda Simoni-Wastila
"A fantastic overview to setting up a blog. "
-Kamrin Huban
 stay-at-home mom
"Learning from an accomplished writer and editor provides a behind-the-scenes look at the world of media."
-Sarah Ellen Rindsberg
"When I signed up I was full of nerves and wondered if I'd have the courage to follow through. By the end of the course I felt inspired and excited and couldn't wait to write more."
-Marisa Gorst
 ballet dancer
"A community of intelligent, supportive writers with the best interest of the story at heart."
-Erin Kidd
 indie publisher
"This class has been wonderful for me getting my "butt in the chair." "
-Shirley Nichol
 interior decorator
"If you ever want to write a screenplay, then Gotham is the place to start."
-Juanita Paet-DeSilva
 copyright administrator
"I received a wealth of knowledge and feel better about blogging."
-Nicole Turner
 skin therapist
"A very in-depth, intellectually stimulating and mind-opening experience with a lot of good psychology lessons."
-Lori Cohen
"An exhilarating experience!"
-Pia Cornaro
 communication trainer
"An exhilarating experience!"
-Pia Cornaro
 communication trainer
"This course was absolutely wonderful! Each lesson built on the one prior in helping develop a stronger writing style."
-Amber McCoy
 marketing manager
"A very in-depth, intellectually stimulating and mind-opening experience with a lot of good psychology lessons. "
-Lori Cohen
"When emerging from the bubble of creating stories, it is really helpful to know what to do, what approach to take. The course has given me confidence that I can get my work out there and hopefully someone will like it enough to represent it and/or publish it."
-Catherine Cookson
 college professor
"I felt I stepped into a magical world inhabited by inspiring stories, ideas, writers, and a very well-versed and supportive instructor."
-Ioana Cristina Serban
 ESL teacher
"Just sign up. You'll be happy you did."
-Kimberly Peterson
 investment analyst
"If you wonder how to get started creating characters or want to develop your skills further in this area, I would highly recommend this course."
-Connie McClung
 HR and finance manager
"There is so much to learn about the publishing process and this course is a necessity."
-Greg Bredemeier
"All that you need to become a better memoir writer is the desire. This course will give you everything else."
-William Dameron
 IT director
"An exceptionally well-structured course taught by an expert tutor. "
-Nathalie Grignard
"A great way to take that pilot idea, manipulate it to something workable and grind out an outline--all with friendly and capable support."
-Debi Yazbeck
 office manager
"It's a comprehensive, step-by-step course that teaches you how to write a TV Pilot and market it."
-Juliana Beckett
"This course was worth every penny for the boost in confidence it gave to me."
-Rebecca Glaab
"The course gave me a solid understanding of what it takes to be a writer."
-Gary Bigler
 operations manager
"Great information about writing, wonderful thought-provoking exercises, and no pressure to produce a great work."
-Lisa Marie Smith
"A great way to begin to put together the memoir you always wanted to write."
-Stephen Conn
"A character-building series of sessions that make you more aware of people around you, as well as yourself."
-Mindy Jones
 media consultant
"A fabulous way to jumpstart your writing career and get that all important professional feedback necessary to improve and refine your skills."
-Rosemary Jarrell
"A fantastic introductory course on writing fiction."
-Celia Anderson
 respiratory therapist
"This course has been fantastic for re-starting my poetic endeavors."
-Justin Chapman
 HS english teacher
"This is a great introductory course, not just for science fiction and fantasy, but also for writing."
-Madeline Turnipseed
"Writer's block ends during class!"
-Elizabeth Mauran
 company president
"I have always had this desire to explore creative avenues but did not know where to start. Creative Writing 101 helped me construct a launch pad."
-Dan Mitchell
 system engineer
"Creative Writing 101 teaches things that will help you in your future writing or any courses you may take. And, it builds your confidence and enthusiasm."
-Ronald Skrepich
 VP public relations
"Script Analysis was amazing! I learned amazing tidbits of plot from blockbusters and twists in dialogue from indies. The scope of the class only increased my passion for writing in the dramatic arts."
-Jennifer Kaczmarek
"This class is like the discussions you wish you and your friends had after going to the movies."
-Marisa Johnson
 policy analyst
"Fantastic course for those that want to learn about blogs and how to set up their own blog. I struggled for 8 months to blog and didn't learn one-tenth of what I learned in this course."
-Doug George
 technical copywriter
"Incredibly energizing about the whole writing process!"
-Sheryl Schaffner
"This was the best course I've ever done and I'm heartbroken that it has ended so quickly."
-Fiona Shelton
"A great experience for anyone that has the dream and passion to write a great romance novel!"
-Kaleena Stone
 customer service rep
"A great introduction to the craft and genre of romance writing. "
-Alison Cho
 human resources
"A fantastic crash course in the basics of TV writing."
-Michael Davis
 writer/writing instructor
" I felt I stepped into a magical world inhabited by inspiring characters, ideas, writers and a very well-versed and supportive instructor. "
-Ioana Cristina Serban
 ESL teacher
"Great experience. I saw drastic improvements week after week in my writing."
-Shawn McGinty
 sales director
"This course re-introduced me to my writing self, so it was invaluable!"
-Melissa Alling
 english professor
"Every week when I got my assignment I would tell people that my homework was, amazingly enough, to go out and eat something, or cook something, or review a restaurant. What could be better than that for homework?"
-Libby Bouck
"Very motivating, very well-organized, worth every penny."
-Natalie Rowe
"This class will give you the kick you need to get your book completed."
-William Dameron
 IT director
"Writing a pilot is a daunting task--this class will chop it up into manageable chunks, taking it step by step."
-Chris Fletcher
"I'd like to thank you for getting me writing again. I've been staring at blank pages and blank screens for about two years."
-Faith Airey
"Ever wanted to write a mystery novel? Start here."
-Douglas Dechow
 science librarian
"All of the tools you need to make a story shine are taught in this course."
-Rochelle Campbell
 administrative scheduler
"This class has been an eye opener to me. As a result my communications with colleagues and clients are more effective."
-Lorna Hilke
 quality control manager
"Everything you need to know to get started as a feature journalist is covered in this course, including a lot of technical information that you might not realize you need to know. "
-Ashley Willhite
 freelance writer
"I didn't realize that an online course could be so effective. I developed genuine connections with my classmates and my teacher and learned a tremendous amount."
-Joseph Moldover
 clinical psychologist
"A great and exciting introduction to the art and craft of poetry."
-Kate Sparks
"I feel my writing skills have improved ten-fold and I am now armed with the knowledge I need to continue working on my craft. "
-Jennifer Wyman
"I was thrilled to "meet" my fellow classmates through the bio/introduction the very first week because it made me feel as if I was in an actual classroom. "
-Robin Nielsen
 small business owner
"Many people in this class had break-throughs and began to really write their life."
-Anne Rudig
 director of communication
"The course was insightful in terms of how best to evaluate characters and make them come alive."
-Vincent Alati
"In a very short period, I developed a much better understanding of character development."
-Anurag Srivastava
 software developer
"The perfect community to refine your talent, fill in the spaces, give you confidence, renew your imagination and give you the knowledge and tools to set you firmly on the road to become a successful writer."
-Beth Hegy
 massage therapist
"It was a form of literary retreat for me. A spiritual oasis in a hectic lifestyle."
-Oliver Doyle
 college lecturer
"Engaging, fun, appropriately demanding, enlightening, well-planned, and a must for anyone interested in writing humor!"
-Jacquelyn Arsenuk
 crime victims specialist
"The in-depth presentation of building a character was beyond what I had expected. My characters are more detailed and round; no longer do they appear as flat as the page they are written on. "
-Linda Gray
 retired nurse
"A must for anyone seeking to publish a book! I really don't know how I would have managed without it."
-Rana Hanna
 freelance writer
"Gotham Writers is a powerhouse, full of courses that quickly jumpstart a writer's career."
-Rose Domingo
"A great way to polish your business communication and better reach out to colleagues and potential customers."
-Rachel Lapidow
 intake coordinator
"This course focuses on being professional while still letting personality show in business writing."
-Theresa Peek
 director, training & development
"A great way to actually GET WRITING."
-Deborah Coco
 college admissions counselor
"A great way to actually GET WRITING."
-Deborah Coco
 college admissions counselor
"This course was just what I'd been looking for. It taught me so much about writing and inspired me to write more often. "
-Jennifer Kniskern
"Great introduction to the different styles of nonfiction."
-Lynn Fletcher
"Gotham Writers Workshop has rocked my world and transformed my life. I no longer blush when I tell people I am a writer."
-Michelle Wells
"I feel ignited by what I now know, and more hopeful that I will continue to write and learn."
-Helen Merino
 dog handler
"After taking this course, I feel I have the tools necessary to write and publish an article from beginning to end."
-Amy Yadron
 pet sitter
"This was a great exposure to Romance writing and how stories in this genre are told."
-Sara Frost
 aviation analyst
"The class consists of fellow writers who understand and love the Romance genre, which makes the feedback and interaction particularly valuable."
-Gretchen Markel
"An excellent way to explore and polish your writing skill in the speculative fiction genre."
-Stephen Zukowski
 police dispatcher
"For anyone who wants to write or just want to learn more about writing, this is a wonderful way to step into it without feeling overwhelmed."
-Bruce Lomas
 episcopal priest
"Practical solutions and practical assignments."
-Chris Nagle
 business process analyst
"I really liked how applicable the material in the lectures was, very focused on real-to-life writing."
-Kristen Bradley
 business development
"The structure of the course actually freed me, freed my characters to take on a form and personality and voice of their own."
-Stephen Price
"The course was very well organized and constantly stimulating. It will keep my creative juices flowing for another six months at least. "
-Judith Bair
"A great way to learn how to write a query letter that can improve your chances of getting appropriate representation."
-Aisha Devera
"I was completely in awe of how the teacher skillfully worked with each of our writing pieces. His encouragement was invaluable."
-Joy Marcus
 elementary school teacher
"I would liken this class to an oasis for a weary desert nomad, a place that feeds, nourishes, and strengthens a writer's soul."
-Judy Wang
"I have tried before to get a handle on the children's book writing process. I have taken a course elsewhere, read books, visited websites, and have been frustrated. I started in this course a little unsure, but finished with renewed confidence and an almost complete children's chapter book. "
-Julie Gay
 college professor
"This course gives you an opportunity to relive your childhood and use your imagination to its fullest capacity."
-Ramon Taylor
 television producer
"A liberating and positive introduction to creative writing."
-Nadia Wassef
"I found that the given assignments sparked stories I had no idea I had in me."
-Keith Hallworth
 entertainment industry
"The thing about writing is that you just have to do it, and this class gives you the inspiration and the deadlines to get it done."
-Desiree Elsevier
"A great overview and a chance to try your hand at a variety of essay styles."
-Nonna Noto
 retired economist
"I have always enjoyed writing, but I never had any focus. Now I feel like I am starting to find some direction. "
-Arnold Rothenberg
 police officer
"This course helped me make more progress in ten weeks than I made in years of writing on my own."
-Tracey Heckler
 software engineer
"If you've stagnated with your writing, the tips in this class will help break you out of your lull."
-Rachel Willis
 solutions consultant
"I would certainly repeat this exact course from the same instructor because his level of instruction was that good."
-Kelly Horn
 freelance researcher
"A great way of gaining experience in script-writing for the theatre."
-Mary Holt
 hospital physician
"I used to think that the 8th wonder of the world was the ability to write a full-length play (or a complete novel). If felt almost insurmountable, until I took this course."
-Ken Einhorn
"The teacher was a guiding force of light and inspiration. "
-Kara Peters
 drama teacher
"The quality of instruction measures up to the best courses I've taken, including those required for my MFA."
-Leah Baxter
"This course provided the support I needed to get working on a romance novel. I am already looking forward to taking the next course."
-Sara Frost
 aviation program manager
"I was able to connect with other writers like myself from across the country and as far away as Cyprus and Saudi Arabia."
-Elizabeth Toole
"The teacher offered great critical feedback on my short story. He understood what I was trying to achieve and challenged me to develop it in ways that made it a much stronger piece."
-Greg Rizzolo
"This is a great course for anyone wishing to create some unique and promising humor pieces. "
-Donna Lucas
 high school english teacher
"A to Z on mystery. I really liked the way this was organized, climaxing with the Business."
-Lara Ruth
 digital marketing
"We were given clear, concrete tools. The course did a great job demystifying the art of fiction writing and fostering confidence. The instructor brought complex concepts down to earth. I will miss coming here every week."
-Miguel Ferrer
"Writing was something I always thought was an unreachable talent. Now I've learned to do it, not dream about it."
-elizabeth connaughton
 art director
"This course organized my imagination! I went into class with abstractions galore and emerged with a concrete script. The instructor's enthusiasm was instrumental in driving me onward, as was the enthusiasm of the class as a whole."
-Russ Rock
"I stopped thinking about writing and simply wrote. I've gained a sense of fearlessness."
-Scott Barrow
 assistant production manager
"You can only learn to write by writing. Gotham Writers' Workshop allows you to do that in a supportive environment. It's everything a writer could ask for."
-Sandy Hausler
"I've been a Gotham student for a year now, and I'm amazed at how much my story writing has improved. My instructor has been a very important part of that improvement. I've matured as a writer, and that inspires me to write more."
-Pete Grella
"Since taking Stand-Up Comedy with Gotham, I have been performing in and out of New York City. My payoff came when I accepted a position at ABC radio to write comedy for the morning shows for over 200 affiliates. I owe thanks to Gotham."
-Drew Weisholtz
 ABC Radio
"I learned how to write with clarity and continuity and with a reader in mind. I learned that writing is a continual learning process, constantly evolving as we develop ideas and master techniques."
-Marcy Roberts
 customer service manager
"It's exciting for me to be back in touch with my creative impulse. The course was very inspiring and extremely enjoyable. The instructor is very enthusiastic and seems to care a great deal about his students. It makes me want to continue what I've started. I'm looking forward to the next class."
-Debra Flieg
 real estate leasing manager
"I learned a great deal. I came into this class with an extremely limited knowledge of the business of selling a screenplay. I now have enough information to approach this aspect of writing with confidence."
-Dan Emmerson
 graphic artist
"The instructor did a good job being specific and concrete about a very difficult topic. He addressed issues I have been struggling with for years. I definitely grew as a writer in terms of my knowledge of craft."
-Jacqueline Hardy
"Very few courses that I've taken gave me everything I expected. This one did. The instructor made a difficult and scary experiment turn into a lifelong hobby."
-Ken Shea
 systems analyst
"This course is incredible. The instructor loves his material and his students. He is extraordinarily dedicated, always getting work back on time and encouraging us to write more. He is so eager to impart and gain knowledge. Take a class at Gotham. Take it, take it, take it!"
-Erin Bekowies
 book publishing production associate
 Random House
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course, instructor, and students. This is really the best experience with a course I've had. I thought the instructor's comments were very helpful, not sugarcoated, and were always very insightful and incisive."
-Veronica Hackethal
 financial analyst
"Gotham Writers’ Workshop gave me a reason to write, the jump start I needed. It helped me overcome the insecurities about my writing that had kept me silent for years."
-Andrew Oliver
 manager, client accounting
"The instructor made me really want to write every day, an amazing feat considering I spend up to 12 hours a day working as a television news producer. Thanks to this course, I actually lost sleep because I was busy writing. And I was happy about it!"
-Jill Tate
 network news producer
"Excellent course. No regrets. It was the springboard I was looking for. I rediscovered my desire to write."
-Judith Rubin
"Gotham gave me my first glimpse into the world of screenwriting. Armed with that knowledge, I packed up and headed for Hollywood. In less than two years, I went from a student in the Screenwriting I class to staff writer on the highest-rated syndicated action hour of the season."
-George Strayton
 staff writer
 Xena: Warrior Princess
"Before enrolling in this course, I had been blocked up for years, and what little I was able to write I had great difficulty bringing to completion. I came to Gotham Writers’ Workshop and wrote more in the first five weeks of the term than I had throughout the previous five years combined! If I had realized how inspiring the course was going to be, I’d have enrolled in it years earlier."
-Ed Askinazi
 film editor
"The instructor took the mystery out of writing, but not the magic."
-Karin Hogan
 marketing consultant
"I loved this class. I learned to enjoy the script I’m working on, and I actually look forward to working on it, instead of dreading it—a considerable accomplishment for me! This is the third writing class I’ve taken in two years and by far my favorite of all three."
-Robin Hoffman
 Pipeline Communications
"The instructor was extremely insightful and offered meaningful, individualized commentary designed to allow for the tremendous growth of each and every potential writer."
-Susan Avery
"This is my third Gotham Writers’ Workshop class. I never wrote a short story before the first. Now I’m hooked and can feel myself improving."
-Colleen Murphy
 marketing communications
"I'm writing! That's what I wanted most, and that’s what I got."
-Toi Mooty
"I love that the teacher is in the business herself, so you saw how a song originated from idea to HIT! And when she needed to, she'd pick up her guitar and explain musically."
-Eric Sanchez
"I’ve taken quite a few writing workshops in college and beyond. This is by far the best."
-David Maj
"I learned the power of starting. The schedule of submissions made me start, and wow—I finished two short stories in ten weeks."
-Suzanne O'Donnell
"It was a great course. I learned a lot about myself as a writer, and I felt my work tighten up noticeably. I was able to focus on writing and not fear it."
-Stacey E Scott
 investment banking
"If this instructor had been my professor in college, I probably would have chosen writing as a career. He really got me past my shyness and helped me discover abilities I didn’t know I had."
-Muriel Haber
 president & CEO, management real estate co.
"Every time I've come to class, I've felt as though I'm going to learn something new that I can instantly apply to my work. I've never been wrong."
-Craig Green
 computer consultant
"Presentation is simple and engaging. I preferred this to other intensive courses I’ve taken. It was shorter, less expensive, and easier to grasp."
-Ron Herzig
 senior copywriter
"I've taken writing classes in half a dozen universities and none have been as comprehensive and informative."
-Mark Alpert
 graphic designer
"I really learned the basics—plot, character development, voice, tone…. Everything that was promised was delivered."
-Elese Sullivan
 freelance business writer
"You offer the best writing classes in New York City. Gotham guided me through my apprenticeship and made me a journeyman writer."
-Gilbert Sprague
 children's book author
"The course got me totally back on track as a writer. I feel like a creative artist again."
-Lori White
"The class was truly inspiring. I spent most of the week thinking about our next writing assignment—the class was the high point of my week."
-Leah Frankel
 computer programmer/analyst
"Thanks to Gotham Writers' Workshop I stopped talking and started writing."
-Marjorie Borell
 Results Only Communications
"While I've taken a number of writing courses in the past, this one was the most useful! The instructor conveyed both the core elements and the nuances of business writing."
-Anya Maria Mayans
 technology coordinator
"This was a great way to break down the barriers to writing, and get that pen scribbling on paper. Good confidence builder!"
-Agathe Blanchon-Ehrsam
 management consultant
"The instructor was one of the most professional and prepared teachers I’ve ever had."
-Mario Gonzalez
 web developer
"I learned exactly what I wanted to know: "How to get started"…what to look for, work on, and how to get organized."
-Tracey Brant
 executive secretary
"The teacher is clearly passionate and dedicated to the subject matter. Her years of experience provided insights I could not have gained elsewhere."
-Jackie Gibbs
 social worker
"The course brought me to a higher consciousness in my ability to read as a 'reader' but more importantly as a writer. The enthusiasm the instructor showed for his writing as well as his enjoyment of teaching were extremely encouraging."
-CJ Carpenter
 music production
"FUN! We had lots of laughs, and the instructor made a very comfortable learning environment."
-Kristen Barton
 account executive
"The instructor took me in new directions with her unexpected candor, high expectations, and thorough preparations."
-Kathleen Watt
 graphic arts
"The instructor was extraordinary. Funny, quick, positive, and very clear. She made the material live, in the sense that her exercises and lectures helped me experience firsthand the joys and challenges of screenwriting."
-Barbara Morris
 tour manager
"It was a great intro class to inspire you to write. The teacher's dynamic personality made the seven hours fly by. I got much more than I expected!"
-Sean Patrick
"Unlike many college writing courses, this class gave concrete technique and structure to look at and work toward. It was great to have instincts put into words."
-Heidi Hansen-Young
 graduate student
"I definitely learned the hidden secrets of selling something to Hollywood."
-Tom D'Angelo
 avid editor/ screenwriter
"The instructor did an extraordinary job illuminating this tangled web of the publishing industry."
-Lauren Finley
"I am 51 years old, and this is my first fiction writing course. It was great. It covered all the fundamentals, such as plot, setting, characterization, description, and dialogue, in a clear and comprehensive manner. I am already enrolled in the next Fiction Writing II class."
-Gregg Carter
"I learned a great deal about the craft of writing, and particularly about the complexities involved in science fiction and fantasy writing."
-Briana Tillman
 us army captain
"Everything covered in the course is something I will need sooner or later in my career."
-Lucy DeJesus
"I learned everything I wanted to know and was afraid to ask about film and filmmaking. Script Analysis was invaluable to me, especially on the heels of my Screenwriting I class."
-Kiva Wolfe
"I cannot speak highly enough about the resource that Gotham is for writers. We are no longer on that journey alone. We can work at our craft all of the time with qualified, experienced, knowledgeable instructors. Thank you Gotham."
-Pene Patrick
"This is probably the most productive, well-organized class I've ever taken. My intimidations quickly vanished and I really learned."
-Kimberly Haynes-Peterson
"We learned information in one day that it takes years to learn in the writing world."
-Lori Allen
 freelance writer
"This course has really helped me to get started writing stories for children. Since taking the course, I have already submitted a story. I could not have gotten to this point without the instructor's help or the class' comments."
-Karen Jones
"In just one day I learned the basics of writing a children's story."
-Alyson Shatsky
"This course expanded my knowledge of all the different types of nonfiction writing, also giving me many useful insider tips."
-Lisa Caputo
"The course is perfect for someone with little or no knowledge of the different types of nonfiction. It gives you a concise, basic understanding of each genre and the basics of how to write in that genre."
-Shelley Belgard
 textbook editor
"The instructor created a nurturing and caring environment where it felt safe to open up."
-Deidre Johnson-Cane
 physical therapist
"I felt like I was back in the third grade with my favorite teacher, who never judged...only nurtured, supported, and gave me the wings to fly."
-Allyson Slater
"The instructor's presentations were inspiring and her critiques of my writing were dead-on."
-Mary Tahan
 literary agent
"The course really taught me and opened my eyes to the world of writing. So much more goes into it that I imagined."
-Missy Posner
"The structure of the course is very well defined and effective. I hated to miss class."
-Fred Rose
"The instructor created an atmosphere so dynamic... each student opened the door to his or her writing potential."
-Sheldon Rifkin
"The instructor's skills as a writer and experience as a theater professional greatly contributed to the success of the course; in addition to advice on craftsmanship, he illuminated the position of theater when considering the production of a new work. This insight is invaluable to a greener playwright aspiring to have a first piece produced."
-Kalle Macrides
 teaching artist/educator
"The instructor had an incredible ability to see where we wanted to take our pieces and to move us in that direction—seemingly of our own volition."
-Jim Fuchs
"The instructor was able to see where you want to go musically and lyrically...he helps you get there."
-Neil Fishman
"The instructor is one of the best I've ever had."
-David Andrews
 photographer/web developer
"The instructor brings a clarity and personal approach to a subject the seemed mysterious and foreboding."
-Alain Espourteille
"This course changed reading for me and made it more relevant."
-Nora Gold
"The best teaching technique I have encountered since I came to America."
-Ekaterina Svetova
 graphic designer
"I learned what is needed in a memoir to make it interesting to the reader."
-Agnes Montgomery
"This course was one of the best things I've done for myself to jumpstart my own work."
-Adam Ward
"I've taught music composition for 20 years or more, so I feel I'm well qualified to evaluate the teacher, and he is superb."
-Conrad Cummings
"The one-day intensive workshop was excellent. It allowed me to test the waters, and then I registered for the 10-week session."
-Tsahi Alexander
 travel coordinator
"We all read our query letters and that was the highlight of a thoroughly fascinating four hours!"
-Caroline Grist
 freelance producer
"The course cleared up quite a few problems for me, and helped with a lot of my grammatical errors."
-Sandra Nixon
 law enforcement
"The instructor was incredibly supportive and encouraging. The group was wonderful. What an experience!"
-Susan Oliver
"I learned the essential components of writing children's literature."
-Shirley Disu
 child care director
"Through this course, I was able to better structure, outline, and simplify my memos and documents."
-Karen Russell
"I learned how to harness my sense of humor and translate it into the art of stand-up comedy."
-Adam Mutterperl
"The instructor was well prepared, concise, informative, and—of course—funny!"
-Anne Diamond
"I did not have a lot of background in poetry—and I got some great exposure to different styles/forms and fine examples of each."
-Kalyani Robbins
"The instructor was organized, spirited, humble, involved, and knowledgeable."
-Manav Sachdeva
"I never wrote poetry before, and after this class I feel it's something I will continue to do. It has increased my love of the genre and given me a sense of accomplishment. Thanks for empowering me."
-Sandy Gannon
"I learned all of the basics of children's book writing, from plot to description to characterization to targeting. I feel that I understand the whole enterprise better."
-Kathy Esson
 social researcher
"A great course to get one's hands dirty and learn the craft of screenwriting."
-Mandy Sayle
"The instructor was knowledgeable and realistic about all aspects of screenwriting."
-Sheilagh Casey
"The instructor was able to provide constructive and well-meant criticism no matter what the author's style and approach."
-Noah Walley
 venture capitalist
"The instructor is one of those teachers that immediately makes you feel you are in the right place. Not only does she have strong command of the material, she delivers it with enthusiasm and the desire to make sure the students really understand."
-Joshua Kornreich
 investment analyst
"The instructor cut to the heart of screenwriting. For the novice, he established clear parameters that will enable me to take my idea and write a better screenplay."
-Jeffrey Fox
 sales management
"This course taught me the intricacies and hidden details of making a film."
-Jeremy Rice
 sales representative
"I learned how to see screenplays and movies with X-ray vision."
-Jon Mangion
"I've taken this class multiple times and continue to get new learning from it."
-Pamela Skillings
 marketing executive
"Thanks for this course. I no longer fear an empty page, I attack it."
-Daniel Kahn
"I was introduced to many wonderful books and short stories that I would probably never had read on my own. The reading list was wonderful."
-Francine Caldora
 legal secretary
"I can't say enough about what this course has given me. The instructor was incredibly informative and articulate. I’m disappointed it's over."
-Sabrina Cohen
 interior designer
"The instructor not only explained what to do, she also explained what not to do."
-Stephen Healey
 retired psychotherapist
"The instructor is dedicated to his work, has mastery of his subject, and gives great attention toward helping his students realize their stories."
-Ela Rudolph
 branch manager
"The instructor has given me the much-needed kick start, the motivation, and the desire to follow through and finish my writing goals, one line at a time."
-Aaron Mindel
"The course has helped me flesh out where I want to go as a fledgling writer."
-Angela Billings
 health and fitness
"I really felt the instructor knew the industry and provided us with the information we needed to develop our scripts."
-Stephanie Sila
 entertainment & marketing
"The course is both pragmatic and imaginative. The instructor's analysis of memoir as a separate genre with its own conventions is a real help."
-William Spiegler
 retired journalist
"The best writing class I've ever taken."
-Laura Appelman
"The instructor covered the material in a way that was a complete road map for how to write well and get published."
-Priscilla Dunne
 real estate broker
"I learned more in this class than in any of my writing courses in college. It was extremely thorough and applicable."
-Amanda Scott
"I enjoyed all seven hours and the class has really got me excited about enrolling in the ten week course. It was a great experience."
-Michael Sabatino
"Getting published will be a difficult endeavor; however, the process is no longer a mystery. I have a valuable resource and, most importantly, I have two query letters that are almost ready for public consumption."
-Trina Bailey
"The most valuable lesson for me was how to screen potential agents. I have been signed by an agency in the past, only to find out that nothing was being done. Had I taken the course first, this wouldn't have happened, because I would have known what to look for. I also learned that my earlier attempts to contact publishers were likely rejected out of hand due to improper set up and formatting."
-Liane Shaw
"I basically learned the rules of the game. It's not enough to want to write a book...one must know what to do with it afterward, and this course definitely illuminated that for me."
-Alexia Maria Di Fabio
"I was introduced into a world that I knew almost nothing about."
-Raemi Eagle
 real esate sales
"The information was invaluable. It was a great experience."
-Marion Langley
 retired educator
"The teacher's real-world experience made her advice very credible."
-Carrie Black
"I further honed my memoir writing abilities and deepened my understanding of the issues unique to memoir."
-Sarah Johnson
"This course has been the greatest resource I've found for furthering my writing education. There are so many elements to study that I intend to take the class again."
-Allyson Finkel
"This was a great introduction to writing poetry. It was very comprehensive, and included useful and informed selections of poetry, poetic forms, and meter."
-Jack Dodd
"I learned a great deal about the art of poetry."
-Tom Connor
" I now have a much greater sense of how and why my poems need revision and considerable motivation to get down to it."
-Sheilah Solomon
 retired senior director
"I have a much deeper appreciation for the work of writing romance novels than I did before starting the course."
-Kristine Nichols
"I think the course is a very good primer for a novice writer, but being a writer with a lot of experience, I was impressed with how the course sharpened my abilities."
-Bob Bowersox
"I found myself able to let go. I did terrible in school when I was younger...a traditional classroom is the last place on Earth I belong. But I'm a totally different person in an online classroom. It was great for me. If high school had been online I would have graduated at the top of my class."
-Rachel Crain
 health spa manager
"Even though the class is online, the teacher is able to transcend the medium, creating an active, committed, effective learning environment."
-sandi behrens
 instructional designer
"The course gave me the means to make my writing sharper, better paced, and more persuasive."
-David Goldman
"Having taken and liked a few live Gotham classes, I wanted something truly convenient. The online medium means no time spent waiting for trains, more time to focus on the class material and, ultimately, on writing."
-Nancy Festinger
"It was the best writing experience I've ever had...and I'm 62 years old."
-Margaret Levine
"I learned how to read mysteries with the eye of a writer and how to apply those principles to my own work."
-Fran Levy
 magazine writer
"I learned the mechanical aspects of writing a mystery. And I never realized how many categories of mysteries there were. Depending on your writing style, there is a niche out there for you. Without this course I would have remained Don Quixote tilting at windmills."
-Sam Reardon
"This course has given me the boost of self-confidence that I desperately needed."
-Joni Shavlik
 personal trainer/aerobic instructor
"I equate this class to learning to read music after I've learned to play a few chords. It brought some meaning and clear understanding of some things I was already doing in my writing, and helped me understand how to evolve those fundamentals further."
-John Doherty
"This course permits those of us stuck in the hinterland to get a glimpse of the real world of writing. Short of moving to New York City, the course could not be much better. Forbes was right!"
-Marvin Wilson
"I learned the real dirt on travel writing, such as the myths and inside information you don't see in general travel writing books. Travel writing books I've gotten at the library tend to blue-sky the occupation, and it was gratifying to know the reality behind this profession."
-Gail Overstreet
 instructional designer
"From this course, I learned everything that is essential to being a travel writer, whether one wants to pursue travel writing as a career, sideline, or hobby."
-Heidi Theis
"I learned about the ins and outs of travel writing. I also picked up helpful ideas, refined my editing skills, and learned a great deal about other people's interests as readers of travel literature."
-Heather Sulzen
 graphic designer
"This course provided much-needed inside information from a person who obviously has been in the business long enough to know."
-Catherine Ennis
 editorial assistant
"Insight into the how, when, and why's of getting published. A wonderful doorway to the publishing world."
-Mary Badalamenti
 retired educator
"Despite the fact that we were online, the instructor immediately created an atmosphere of warmth, humor, and acceptance in the class. She made herself enormously available and set a tone for enjoyable and rigorous group learning."
-Anne Morgan
"1. Fabulous nuts-and-bolts tips on how to rewrite a script. 2. Bull's-eye suggestions from the instructor and the class on how to improve my script."
-Ed Stubbing
"Screenwriting II allows each student to discuss and apply screenwriting concepts and techniques to our actual work-in-progress. It is a great way to learn the art of screenwriting!"
-Linda Matthews
 proposal consultant
"The instructor had a great ability to explain things. If I found myself not understanding, she elaborated, provided examples and guided me."
-Anne Leary
 unix database administrator
"The instructor had a gift for defining and giving clarity to complex subjects. And she has a wonderfully positive way of critiquing work that encourages you to take risks."
-Marty Stephens
 computer programmer
"The instructor was terrific. His examples and explanations were easy to understand and his lectures were outstanding."
-Patricia Mikulec
 computer consultant
"I loved the instructor—very informed, very interactive, very thoughtful."
-Julia Hollinger
"The instructor had the expertise, due to her experience."
-Thomas Fournier
 retired social worker
"Instructor had an incredible understanding of dialogue."
-Adam Lawson
 movie director/writer
"The instructor was very clear, very direct, and had excellent interaction with the students."
-Mark Shulman
 children's book writer
"The instructor was down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and accessible for questions."
-Jen Hilt
"The instructor made students aware of the difficulty of breaking into the business of being published without being the least bit negative…I feel a lot more optimistic."
-Trevor Peat
"Very informative. The instructor conveys her knowledge and passion for the travel-writing industry very clearly."
-Anne Fitzpatrick
"This course reinforced all the skills from Fiction I and II in a very concrete way."
-Sean Lapides
"I learned that I did have something to say—that the simplest bit of information could be turned into a story."
-Judy Freni
 business manager
"The class was structured very well for someone who was intimidated by sharing their work. The environment was warm and safe, which made the workshop process relatively painless."
-Jenny Spaulding
 graphic designer
"I couldn't imagine a more complete course. The instructor brought his years of experience to us in very clear and concise lectures. His ability to constructively critique our writing offered inspiration and guidance."
-Nona Lloyd
"This course is wonderful. As a first-time author I was finding a lot of conflicting information about how to get published. This course cleared things up for me."
-Melinda Finn
"I learned the basics of songwriting, including composition of the song, the importance of rhythm and melody, and the different opportunities available for artistic exposure."
-Daiana Bispo
 receptionist/club worker
"The instructor breaks down the art of writing screenplays into an understandable and tangible process. What feels like an albatross at the beginning becomes a manageable goal throughout the course."
-Amy Kitts
 administrative coordinator
"The instructor was excellent! She has real knowledge of the music industry and is truly a songwriter. She does this for a living and supports herself from this. She is very talented and offered us help and encouraged us all along the way. She is fantastic at what she does."
-Devon Sangiovanni
"I am just getting back into writing after being away from it for 25 years. The course helped to refresh my memory and to pinpoint the weak and strong areas in my writing."
-Mary Jones
"This course reignited my passion for fiction and writing. I was looking for a match, and this course lit my fuse."
-William Willard
 police dispatcher
"I learned to identify the nuts and bolts of a feature piece, and the practical rules for putting putting a feature together."
-Virginia Clark
 policy analyst/civil servant
"I learned exactly what you promised—craft. I am a much more intelligent reader now, noticing craft in books that I had simply "read" before."
-Heather Ripmeester
"Every single lesson gave great insight into the craft of screenwriting."
-Ben Smiley, Jr.
 database coordinator
"I learned about several problems peculiar to science fiction writing, along with multiple possible solutions to each."
-Joseph Carotenuto
 telecommunications engineer
"The teacher was a marvel, really committed and making the most of this forum. Her generosity and consistent interest in the students inspired me."
-Sara Fasy
"This course was the missing link between starting my play and finishing it."
-Gregory Phillips
"Very inspiring; I always started my homework on the bus, immediately after leaving class."
-Victoria Porter
 medical editor
"The instructor was very enthusiastic about teaching and bringing out the talent, any talent. I think he even squeezed talent out of us."
-Jenn Mancini
 business development
"I felt that there was a concise, thorough overview of all key elements. The instructor was warm, receptive, spontaneous, and kept a very natural, comfortable pace throughout all phases of the material. The time flew by and was invigorating, not at all stressful, boring, or numbing."
-Shelia Spencer
"I loved the spirit, energy, and enthusiasm of the instructor—she's infectious!"
-Vicki Eskenazi
 special education administrator
"Bravo! This class reminded me that I can be, want to be, and kinda am a writer!"
-Colleen Kenny
 managing editor
"I had not even a clue on how to start writing a play. Now I think I could start and finish one."
-Corinne Dorso
 asst. to the treasurer
"I learned the basics of screenwriting and all the components to a great screenplay. I can't wait to sign up for Screenwriting II and take my learning to the next level. This is a great place for writers!"
-Brenda Berry
"This class was wonderful. I learned techniques for writing fiction that I never knew existed."
-Donna Carpenter
"I loved the experience of taking this class. For someone who wants to write but lacks confidence, this is a wonderful vehicle. The fact that I have already signed up for Fiction II and this is only Week 9 speaks for itself."
-Carllie B. Fox
 retail sales
"I received the course as a present, and it is the best present anyone has ever given to me."
-Lauren Hershkowitz
 high school teacher, CPA, mother
"There were so many "Oh, I finally get it!" moments for me."
-Sara Snyder
 public relations
"I can't believe the difference in my writing from the first assignment to the last!"
-Kimberly Maki
"It's one thing to be writing a script, but quite another to sell it. This course is an excellent lesson in marketability."
-Deborah Porter Taylor
"The teacher's open demeanor and availability for question-answering made it easy to ask anything."
-Tomijean Fernandez
 organizational development consultant
"The teacher had a working knowledge of getting writers published, and his insight was invaluable."
-Jessica Thor
 advertising executive
"This was a hands-on course, which helped prepare students to get published."
-James Thompson
 public relations
"I became better acquainted with the different types of nonfiction writing, and I learned a great deal about my strengths and weaknesses. It has given me an excellent foundation on which to continue to improve my craft as a writer."
-Patricia Garrison
 public relations executive
"Since I am a feature writer in my current job, I feel that this course has helped me perform my work better."
-Terri Mello
"I learned how to write an engaging memoir, where before I had just scribbles of thoughts in a notebook."
-Margret DellaMaggiora
 corporate VP
"This course really helped move my understanding one step further."
-Meera Feldberg
 real estate assistant
"This instructor is undoubtedly the most exciting and knowledgeable teacher I've ever had."
-Beverly A. Jackson
"I'm glad you exist."
-Ralph A. Leonart
 attorney & writer
"I would recommend this course to anyone who is trying to learn the basics of screenwriting."
-Michelle Mchatton
 insurance assistant
"The course was very thorough and taught me so many things I had forgotten over the years."
-Chelena Blount
 executive assistant
"I learned a lot about the process of scriptwriting and the business of television writing. I couldn't be more pleased."
-Carolyn Mohr
 stay-at-home mom/lawyer
"This course and the instructor gave me the push and the skills that I needed to work toward completing my first book."
-Dorothy Sims
 public relations director
"This is my third GWW course, and I love them! The instructors are dynamic and experienced, the assignments and booth are useful and motivating, and the other students provide a great, full-bodied experience."
-Laurie Stuart
 ESL instructor
"The instructor is a great facilitator, guide, and mentor. What a gem!"
-Nitza Agam
"I live in Hong Kong, and I found it fabulously easy to participate in my own time zone and not feel any different."
-Jennifer Chen
 domestic engineer
"Gotham really changed my mind about online classes. I'm now about to start my third Gotham class!"
-Jason Shaffner
"This course was undoubtedly the best creative writing workshop I have ever taken."
-Leisel Angwin
 communications project manager
"It was refreshing to hear an insider's perspective."
-Roberta Wood
 children's author
"My only writing experience has been police reports and search warrants, so this was a little scary for me. But I really embraced the assignments and the critiques."
-Cynthia Caterson
 police officer
"The instructor enjoys poetry so much that his enthusiasm for it automatically infuses you with the same enthusiasm."
-Marne Chadderton
 retired legal secretary
"I've learned that there's a lot more to romance writing than meets the eye."
-Francisco Silva
 writer and college instructor
"I learned the mechanics of writing SF, and what makes it SF."
-Geoff Crooks
 truck driver
"I started learning from the very first lecture, and my writing improved right from the get-go."
-Mark Gambol
"I started out as a complete playwright novice. After these ten weeks, I have gained an excellent foundation and understanding of this writing genre."
-Sue Lucrezi
"The instructor was generous with her attention to each of us, and I felt she was personally responsible for some "ah-ha!" breakthroughs in improving a piece of writing (mine and others')."
-Elizabeth Drewry
"I just loved the class."
-Megumi Sasaki
 tv producer
"This course got in-depth with the elements of craft in a way that I hadn't experienced before. It will really inform my writing."
-Abby Caran
"This course really opened my eyes to new insights about literature."
-Brett Juggassar
"The instructor was invaluable in explaining and illustrating how to structure a dramatic piece."
-Dezur Kenna
"Gotham has huge respect for its students."
-Elaine White
 english language teacher
"The course is fantastic!"
-Dionisios Efkarpidis
 television graphic artist
"This course really clarified so many areas in Memoir Writing for me—especially how to structure and organize a book-length manuscript."
-Jeanne McNulty
"The instructor was very unintimidating; she seemed real and down to earth in her interactions with the class."
-Virginia Tubeck-Drozd
 freelance writer
"I learned a ton about memoir."
-Nancy Jacobs
 movie marketing executive
"I haven't attempted creative writing to be shared in over 30 years so I was very appreciative of the opportunity to jump in and not drown immediately. I learned a great deal about form as well as some interesting things about my style and voice, which I continue to work with daily."
-Pam Bonter
 business owner
"I've been studying the elements of the craft for years, yet the instructor was immensely helpful as I work toward completing my novel."
-Sara Humphries
"For the first time, the different genres of nonfiction defined themselves in my mind."
-Jamieson Haverkampf
 freelance writer
"This course filled in a lot of blanks for me."
-Valerie Coyle
 magazine editor
"Beginning to understand different forms and structures of poetry really opened up my horizons and made me think in different directions"
-Jessica Jones
"The energy and enthusiasm of the instructor were an inspiration, as was as her seemingly boundless knowledge of the genre and writing in general. She was a real mentor and role model."
-Jennifer Wilkinson
"Each time I take a writing course with Gotham I gain new insights"
-Karen Osborne
 consultant & trainer
"The course gave me focus and gave me a clear definition of proper structure and how the TV writing process works."
-Kelly Jo Brick
 creative director
"The instructor had real-world experience in the actual buying and developing of a screenplay."
-Joseph Dixon
"I learned many new tips that will be helpful in my writing career."
-Sarah Figura
"I learned a lot of details from someone who knows the inside scoop. Some of these topics I already had a broad understanding of, but the teacher gave me so much more information."
-Elizabeth Collins
 director of photography
"I was introduced to TV script writing and finished a spec script."
-Anne-Louise DePalo
"This course expanded my thinking on how to get published. I always knew it would not be easy—years of failed attempts proved that—-but I hadn't realized what I was doing wrong that was making it even harder."
-Deanne Tanksley
 certified public accountant
"My overall writing abilities have improved by leaps and bounds, and I have a new understanding of the Speculative Fiction genre."
-Amelia Lewis
 marketing manager
"Overall very eye-opening, filled in lots of info about who the players are and how to get to them."
-Kathy Hribar
 medical software consultant
"I had a fairly good grounding in the mechanics of poetry before this course, but I've read and written more poetry during this class than I had in 62 years before!"
-Dianne Meagher
 retired teacher
"It helped tap the mine of creativity in me."
-Jane Clark
"I learned how to move to a higher level of writing."
-Charissa Haines
 associate pastor
"This course covers all the basics, which are important to focus on no matter what your level of experience."
-John E Hooker
 medical writer
"For the first time, I felt like I was getting in touch with a process for my writing that wasn't random or subject to moods."
-Christine Scott

"All aspects of food writing were covered. I left with no questions, just motivation."
-Michele Messina
"The entire experience was pleasurable."
-Katherine Kolendo
 dramatic writer
"My main goal in taking this course was to hone the query letter for my novel. The letter I have now is far superior to the one I started out with, and I have a clearer idea of how to compose a query for future projects."
-Phyllis Smith
 college instructor
"I learned why my query letter was weak, and received ideas on how to make it stronger."
-Cynthia K Garrett
"A great overview of freelancing in just a few hours."
-Nancy Scola
 policy advisor
"This course is the ideal place for aspiring writers who are looking for the basic tools of writing."
-Sarah Clapham
 assistant producer
"I feel I am firmly on the road to my first book, and I wouldn't be on this road without you guys."
-Helen Newman
"It was creativity boot camp! All the homework and in-class writing assignments were extremely helpful. I have a portfolio now and material to use for different projects."
-Sarah Maxwell
 financial services
"I have taken three or four classes at Gotham and have found each instructor extremely well-qualified and a great person."
-Jo (Ann) LoCicero
"I would recommend this course for everyone who writes regardless of experience. Conventions have changed since many people graduated from school."
-Janice Mehringer
"I learned how to get started and how to be patient with my writing. I also learned that I can learn this new craft, even if I feel I am a little bit behind in the experience department."
-Janie Walker
"The course really has made a difference and helped me to recognize more clearly my strengths as well as my weaknesses."
-Lynne Jamiolkoski
 judicial assistant
"An ideal way to fix a script that has problems that you are struggling with."
-Nancy Bilyeau
"I can honestly say that I learned more in these six weeks than in other ten weeks courses combined. It's just a pity that it had to end."
-Michaela Grunig
 investment banker
"The instructor was a constant source of inspiration, a supportive and perceptive critic. Thanks again for a course that has been very important to me...as a person, as a student, and as a teacher."
-Harvey-Ann Ross
"The teacher was the best online instructor I've ever had. His lectures were presented in a clear, distinctive way. With student assignments, he did not ask too little and did not ask the impossible. He gave timely and much needed advice without diminishing one's ego."
-Mary Louise Santacaterina
"This was my first online class, and it will be the only way I'll ever take a class again. It was never boring. There were no classroom distractions and no 45 minute late-night drives. I could get up to make a cup of tea, listen to my favorite CDs, print out the lectures, and read them at my leisure. What could be better?"
-Carol Davidsen
 office manager
"The instructor illuminated some common writing components in a new and more useful way. Point of view, characterization, and style were suddenly much easier to understand than they had ever been for me."
-Sarah Grant-Keelin
"If or when I get published, it will be the direct result of this class. The pace and the spacing of the material were well-planned. There was time to soak up the information presented and to apply that knowledge. This class was well worth it."
-Tom Rizzo
 sales communications consultant
"I think it was a blast. I got an avalanche of material I could utilize for a long period of time, and loved the convenience of not having to go anywhere to do it. I lead a busy life and found it to be a fabulous asset to sit down at any time and read or critique or go over a lesson."
-Marcus Colelli
 house painter/stand-up comic
"Thanks for an amazing online class. It was by far the best writing class that I’ve ever taken and right up there among the best classes of any kind I’ve ever taken as well."
-Liz Duffy
 foundation executive
"There was a depth of sharing and trust that seldom occurs in life. I think the online format helped in this—we were forced to relate purely through the written word. What could be better for writers?"
-Alice Wertheimer
 web consultant
"This course was very comprehensive and fun. A whole new world has opened up for me as a result of this class. Not only have I learned about writing fiction, I have also gained considerable insight on reading fiction. What's really been a gift is that I am now a much more conscientious observer of LIFE."
-Richard Devine
 independent computer consultant
"This has definitely been a positive way to work. The deferred-time aspect provides the flexibility necessary for an international group. How else could people stretched across some twenty time zones from Ohio to New Zealand via Europe and Israel work together?"
-Tim Bowler
 journalist and translator
"This is a real advantage for someone like me who lives far from New York. I was happy to have found it."
-Ilona Koop
"I found the online format to be quite valuable as it allowed me to participate when I really didn't have the time. By freeing me from scheduled participation, I could stay current with the lectures and work at odd hours."
-Howard Greenhalgh
 chief, records management
 US Army
"A great way to do it when time is difficult to schedule. Also the anonymity is less embarrassing than parading my first fiction efforts face-to-face."
-Bryan Marshall
 scientist and teacher
"I am very impressed with the professionalism of the course and that of the instructor.... Gotham provides all the expertise to make online writing classes work efficiently even for me, a relatively new student of the computer world."
-Elizabeth Walton
 interior designer
"Once I started the class at Gotham, I realized that writing, like any other craft, is a skill that can be learned. Now those once elusive elements of form as well as the proper tools were spread out before me. And although I know I have more editing and writing ahead of me, I also now know what it takes to get the job done."
-Beth Ellwanger
 The Better Body Firm
"The way the Web site is set up is excellent. The instructor is extremely personable and knowledgeable. He is able to give strong critical feedback and still be encouraging, a real feat!"
-Elaine Avila
 playwright, actor
"The organization of the site is great. Easy to move around. Clear. Super!"
-Remko Jansonius
 museum curator
"The great advantage to taking an online course is flexibility. I work full time and have a child. The fact that I could fit the course around my life rather than adapting my life to the course made all the difference—so much so that I've already enrolled for next term."
-Malin Jennings
 vice president, public affairs
"I loved this class. For a very reasonable price, I got structure from an experienced professional, as well as support from my peers. I went from wanting to write, unable to even IMAGINE submitting my work, to seeing myself as a writer, and a pretty good one, ready to market myself with confidence."
-Tulasi Payne
"I was more than pleased with how the course worked online. There was a real connection between all of us who participated. Gotham did a seamless job of keeping us informed and connected."
-Laurie Parker
 dental ceramist
"I especially liked the fact that the instructor had not only a writing and teaching background but also actually worked as a private investigator. This gave him a certain authority when discussing investigative techniques that increased students' comfort with a field most of us have only experienced vicariously."
-Patricia Foulk
 public affairs director
"The instructor had an excellent command of the material and conveyed it well. I learned a great deal about "world building" in Science Fiction, and how to stretch my creative imagination in ways that fit a story structure."
-Ann Saccomano
"The instructor is wonderful, with loads of experience in writing romance novels. She is very helpful and open in her advice and gives wonderful, constructive feedback. This is the second time I took the course—to continue in an ongoing project—and the feedback from the instruction was well worth the price of the course."
-Erin Richards
 business development manager
"Prior to the course, I had no clue how to go about getting my novel published. Now I have a concrete game plan."
-Valerie Simpson Cash
 registered nurse
"I learned a great deal about the inner world and the background of the publishing scene. I was taught how to write a powerful query letter just to help open the door. This knowledge will prove to be paramount in my quest to be published, I'm sure."
-Joe Martin
 corporate fleet/internet director
"I enjoyed interacting with the diverse student body. The instructor was knowledgeable, and made it easy for anyone to follow her lectures. The dialogue between classmates and the instructor was great."
-Michelle Brown
"The lectures were very thorough and the professor dedicated her time to help me individually with my query letter."
-Anna Erickson
"I think it's great—convenient and you receive lots of concrete information you can print out. The agent/instructor brought the real world of publishing to us—even though it isn't always a pretty place."
-Cynthia Mines
"The course really helped me look at memoir writing in a different way and gave me good insight into how to construct my own story in a way that is engaging, readable, and effective."
-Daniel O'Rourke
"I learned writing techniques, how to more objectively view my own work, to be persistent in rewriting, to avoid generalizing, the importance of good description...the list goes on and on."
-Gerald Hale
"I learned some fundamental elements of writing for children. This course was extremely well organized. I was impressed with this from the first interaction. The instructor was wonderful. She was quite honest, and didn't just give us fluff about our writing. She really spent time looking at our work and analyzing the writing."
-Sally Sizemore
"I really loved the experience of the online class. I will definitely take more classes in the future."
-Aimee Dale
"I love the online experience, and each class has been better than the last. I like the freedom of an online class, and as I have taken progressively more advanced classes, I have discovered the class interaction has also increased and been very good indeed."
-Victoria Butler
"It was great taking this course online. I am now writing short stories. This is something that I have always wanted to do. Without the course, I am not sure when I would have done it. Taking the course online made it possible."
-Eugene Lowe
 Ft. Washington, MD
"Excellent information designed to help you cut your time in selling your screenplays. I recommend it for all those who want to sell their scripts"
-Henry Kana
"I gained determination to forge forth and see myself before a producer wanting to option my screenplay."
-Nicole Chamberlain
 family therapist
"I learned what it takes to be a sitcom writer. I might as well have been writing for a show being produced today. I pitched ideas, made outlines, wrote draft after draft, and finally finished a full spec script."
-Dan Acuna
"Gotham Writer's Workshop was a godsend for me. When I started taking classes, I worked in the travel industry, which made keeping regular hours impossible. The instructor was giving with her time, encouraging with her praise, and thorough when it came to sharing her knowledge. I'd highly recommend Gotham Writer's Workshop to anyone interested in exploring their dreams of writing."
-Toni Allardice
"I like the fact that the class covered every aspect of travel writing. The class for me was quite thought provoking and eye-opening."
-Christina Pouliopoulos
"The online class experience has literally changed my life. I now see myself as a writer. Thanks to the support and guidance I received from my Gotham instructor and my classmates, I now have the courage and confidence to begin the long process of submitting my work."
-Jill Saigusa
"The instructor took the mystery out of mystery writing. Inch by inch, from the title, to the opening, on to the MacGuffin, and finally to how to deal with agents and publishers, he taught us the ins and outs of this mystery writing business."
-Pamela Weaver
 interior designer
"Great lectures, with concise and clear tips on how to handle the major elements of the craft. The topics selected for the course were absolutely the right ones for a course of this level."
-Brad Reddersen
"As a former teacher, I thought I knew how to read critically—but I learned that I had more to learn! The lectures were excellent and the assignments helpful and on the mark."
-Karen Albrethsen
"I am very glad I made the decision to take this course. The structure really helped me get writing, stay writing, and improve the writing I did get done! Everything on your Web site worked as promised. It was easy to use and free of glitches. Wonderful."
-Melanie Mcleod
"As dull as the concept of an online class might seem to the uninitiated, I found this advanced fiction class to be an immersive, exciting way to further my writing goals."
-Robert Tocalino
 freelance writer
"The instructor is very knowledgeable, approachable, and committed to the students. The lectures were thorough and instructive. I'll probably go back to them many times over the coming years."
-Ranjan Das
 vice president, software company
"I have read several books about the writer's craft, but the excellence of the lectures written by the instructor for this course stood out for me: She somehow found fresh angles, used particularly apt examples, and provided trenchant advice for writing and revision."
-Angela Hahn
"I've found a writing community that I can take with me anywhere I can take my computer. I don't have to go out late at night on scary college campuses, decide what to wear, drive home on freeways at night—the list is endless, so I'll end it there. But there's more."
-Julie West Staheli
" I started a year or so ago with no experience in writing, and I have come to a point where I have an overall grasp of the craft. Now I just need to write, write, and write. I have a level of confidence that I didn't have before."
-Paul Andreini
"Online courses are great. I could access my course materials anytime and anywhere; whenever it was convenient for me. It brought the classroom right into my own living room."
-Colleen O'Keefe
 associate marketing manager
"I like that the online class setup allows me the freedom to pursue the lessons and homework when I want (and doesn't require me to commit a certain night a week)."
-Sarah Burgundy
 catalog manager
"The class was great. I write for a living, but this class really got me excited about my own work again. I found a group of people who speak my language…and we worked on learning more of that language together."
-Annika Wood
 television promotions writer/producer
"This course covered everything a new writer has to know, and even experienced writers can benefit by a refresher. From character development, plot, and setting all the way to style and voice, it was covered well with nothing left unturned!"
-Susan McKie
 business owner
"The online class was a great way to fit writing into my busy schedule. The class discussions and teacher feedback were invaluable"
-Joe Mefford
"The instructor knows her stuff, and it shows. Very illuminating course. Now I feel I have a much better understanding of how a screenplay gets sold."
-Kerry Dachos
"You cannot put a price on the knowledge and constructive feedback I have gained through this class…. This is the best online format I have experienced."
-Amy Jenkins
"I found it very stimulating having such a small class and will continue to stay in contact with my fellow students. A real bond was formed between us and the instructor that I will not soon forget."
-Linda Lane
"I am an avid fan of the online classes. I like the convenience of attending the lectures as my schedule permits. I am enabled to attend classes with first-rate teachers without traveling great distances. My classmates are from various parts of this country as well as from other countries."
-Elizabeth Pye
 retired university administrator
"I loved the flexibility, and the quality of the instruction was unsurpassable."
-Lynn Hoffmann
 retail manager
"I loved the online courses. I could not attend class in New York. This way I live in paradise (Vancouver) and learn from people all over the world."
-Sharron Gunn
"I found the instructor extremely straightforward and informative. A true pro!"
-Susan Feitelberg
"The instructor gave a no-nonsense insider's look in the wild kingdom of the publishing industry, from a careful portrayal of the characters that inhabit it to the perils, pleasures, and pitfalls we are likely to encounter along the way. Finally, she armed us with a clear understanding of the kinds of tools and skills we need to make our way successfully through this jungle."
-Sharron Mendel
"I love the online possibility! Sitting here in Santa Fe and having outstanding teachers from New York or other areas is one of the great benefits of this method. I love being able to create my own time structure—I would not do it otherwise. Your Web site functions very well; I am amazed how everything is connected and one thing reacts to the other. Well done!"
-Shanti Bannwart
"The instructor earns 5 stars in my eyes!"
-Tara Rose Coyote
"The instructor is a master of her craft. Her understanding and insightfulness, combined with her vast knowledge, made this the most enjoyable writing class I have ever taken."
-Thomas Rogers
 sales trainer
"I thought everything about the course was great! The instructor, classmates, the tech support team, and I love how we are sent e-mail about anything that happens within our class."
-Holly Jablonowski
 habitation specialist
"The instructor was an excellent teacher who really knew how to put difficult, abstract concepts into crystalline focus."
-John Diller
"I have been thinking about writing for several years but could never seem to get off the mark and do anything about it. This course got me in gear and made me write."
-Hayden Dent
"It would be hard to list in a few words all I have learned from this course. I learned from every lecture and found them interesting, absorbing, and challenging."
-Peggy Housholder
"I live in a small town. We don't have the benefits of a metropolitan talent pool. The online class gave me the chance to take a class from a school in New York right from my kitchen table."
-Leslie Colvin
"The Web site is a marvel. It works seamlessly."
-Earl Pye
 chemistry professor
"The instructor was the first writing instructor I ever had that actually gave constructive criticism. After every one of her comments I felt that I had been given a little gift."
-Erin Foster
"The instructor was very professional, very helpful, and very dedicated."
-David Seaborn-Jones
"The course is well-structured and moves swiftly through several topics to give a complete look at writing. The instructor showed expertise, professionalism, and interest in helping each classmate. Her lectures were well written and she challenged each of us. I am going to miss her."
-James Starrette
"The online class was fantastic for time management. I had a newborn baby when I started the class, and my friends thought I was crazy studying when my daughter was so young, but the online class allowed me to study while she was sleeping. It gave me the perfect balance without the pressure of having to attend class each week."
-Stephanie Salisbury
 business analyst
"The lectures and the feedback from the instructor were excellent—and I say that as a teacher myself. (We teachers tend to be hypercritical.)"
-Cindy Bendshadler
 college english instructor
"Fiction Writing II took my writing skill set to the next level. Whereas Fiction Writing I covered generalities, Fiction Writing II probed deeper, giving more detail and insight into the art of writing. I have benefited tremendously since October, when I enrolled in your writing program."
-Gene Venditti
 graphic designer
"I learned a lot about how to approach writing. It was analogous to a drawing course I had taken once—everyone can fiddle around, but if someone shows you a different way of looking at things or approaching things, your quality and depth improves."
-Kyla Terhune
 medical student
"The instructor had an incredibly lucid way of teaching and a mastery of her subject. Both her lectures and her critiques were concise, to the point, funny, and full of valuable insight. I learned tons from her."
-Will Crosby
"I learned skills that have given me a firm foundation to start realizing my dream of becoming a writer."
-Erelin Emmert
"I learned what real screenwriting is about—more than I could ever learn from just reading books."
-Darshan Thakkar
"I learned several specifics about writing a novel, such as story drivers and presenting character attitude when writing description. I also feel far more confident on how to approach the writing of a novel—what essential elements I need to map out before getting to work on writing it."
-James Hornbeck
"I'm 63, and with teachers of this caliber I could look forward to a lifetime of learning wherever I reside."
-Marc Kouffman
"Many say that New York City is the center of the publishing world. The Gotham Writers' Workshop enabled me to tap into the nutrients concentrated there, despite being thousands of miles away on the west coast. It connected me with like-minded people around the country and beyond. And I was stunned by the caliber of instruction."
-Stephen Kane
 writer & software consultant
"I found myself excited by the class—I would rush home from work so I could read everyone's comments and submissions."
-Elsa Kessler
"This course was a great adventure!"
-Asta Hairston
 educational administrator
"I finally wrote the story for children that I have wanted to write for years. I had characters that I had illustrated a couple of years back and I had wanted to write a story to put them in. This course inspired me to do that. I have a little more editing to do, and then I plan to try and get it published. This was an excellent experience."
-Joanna Friedman
"I love taking an online class! It is Sunday morning, my husband and children are still sleeping, the house is quiet, and I'm sitting here in my pajamas with a cup of coffee learning how to write! It's fantastic! There are too many places I have to be every week, and I can complete my course without leaving the house, whenever I want to."
-Carol Krakower
 speech-language pathologist
"I've read books before on script writing, but nothing compares to what I learned in this instructor's class. I've gained invaluable knowledge in such a short period of time. I am now able to use her easy to follow steps to develop the screenplay I know I'm capable of writing."
-Scott Griffel
 system engineer
"The instructor is articulate and masterful as a writer and an instructor. He made the class environment vibrant. His willingness to help his students and the insights he gave are par excellence. I would pay good money any day to take this instructor's class."
-Joel Zabaldo
"This worked really well for me. What an incredibly cool thing for those of us who are isolated by either time or place to be able to take an online class."
-Candace Chase
 stay-at-home mother
"I really prefer the online format. It requires you to to be more thoughtful and articulate about what you are trying to say—especially when reviewing other classmates' work."
-Virginia Glenn
 marketing consultant
"I owe the instructor a serious dept of gratitude, because for the first time since I was very young I am writing every day, and it feels like the top of my head has opened up to get some air."
-Mia Sara
"I gained an in-depth knowledge of film. This class is essential to screenwriting."
-Carrie Kauzlarich
"The instructor was wonderful. His weekly comments and lectures were fresh, astute, and delivered in an amusing, funny, charming manner. He is insightful and knowledgeable and rates a "10" in my book. I'm off to Level II!"
-Joseph Wilford
 fish buyer
"I really loved this course! The instructor kept my interest in the class, and his constructive criticism made me want to write more and more. It’s great to have the opportunity to explore something that can be so fulfilling. For the first time in 23 years of academics, I did all my homework."
-Stephanie Burke
"I’ve gained tremendously, both in knowledge and understanding of the craft. My confidence as a writer has soared, and I’ve already completed three drafts of a full-length screenplay. The results speak for themselves—I’ll be back."
-Billy Squier
 singer and songwriter
"We got work done! This is exactly what should happen in a workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed it."
-Patrick Harewood
 associate producer
"This course took what had been a mystery and turned it into something I could not only understand but apply."
-Jim McElroy
 retail sales
"Taking the course online was a lifesaver for me! I'm disabled and cannot get out to take classes. I found this course very effective."
-Kira Moore
"I began the course with a particularly difficult project in mind. This course helped me finish a first draft of a play that I have wanted to write for a long time."
-Tara Goldstein
 university professor
"I started writing with the first exercise assigned, and I really enjoyed it. I've been writing every day."
-Andrea Morcone
 library assistant
"The course offered very useful behind-the-scenes information."
-Marilyn Valenciano
 social worker
"The instructor was very motivational, positive, and easy to follow."
-Lisa Farley
"The class was a good grounding in the basics. It clarified and made writing stories much more approachable—a good springboard."
-Debbie Jenkinson
"I have gained a better understanding of my abilities and where I need to concentrate my efforts. The instructor kept things light and understandable."
-Mark Ferrara
"I have been given excellent tools to help organize and create my memoir."
-Jody Gardner
"For me, the most useful thing was to keep writing something every week."
-Elizabeth Baskin
 creative director
"The instructor was entertaining and conveyed ideas well."
-Michael Hall
"The instructor created a warm climate that made me feel comfortable and, I think, really drew out all the students in the class. The class had a really nice vibe."
-Melinda Axel
 business analyst
"I was very impressed by the instructor's depth of knowledge and his intelligence."
-Karen Bingham
"It was a good overview of the subject of memoir writing. I learned the basic components and where to start."
-Julie Hanssen
 social worker
"A very broad spectrum of information for a one-day course."
-Lara Delle Donne
 ad sales coordinator
"We learned a little of every category related to grammar."
-Roger Morrison
"I learned a great deal about the many forms of poetry and developed a greater understanding and appreciation for reading and writing it. A great class."
-Brian Connaughton
"The course has helped me to see more options to choose from in writing poetry, which also helps me to understand different poetic voices."
-Richard Bornstein
"The instructor gives you the tools necessary for success."
-Kye Giscombe
"The instructor has very good suggestions for all the students on how they can improve their writing and performance."
-Alison Moran
 project manager
"It's a fun class, and the instructor always has ways to improve your material."
-David Potashnik
"The instructor was a wealth of information on every topic."
-Kate Hustead
 financial analyst
"The instructor really illuminated the ins and outs of children's book writing and also opened my eyes to a whole plethora of kids' books."
-Heather Chaet
"I was initially fearful about exposing my writing to others, but the instructor made me feel safe and comfortable."
-Linda Horton
 camera technician
"I established a firm foundation. It is a great beginner's course. The instructor was wonderful—very personable, knowledgeable, and she made everyone feel comfortable."
-Anthony Riche
 clinical hypnotherapist/motivational speaker
"The course covered every aspect of screenwriting, and the instructor gave me tools that improved my grasp of how to write cinematically."
-Jennifer Sotham
"The instructor was informed, funny, down-to-earth, encouraging, and interesting."
-Kathy Halvorson
"This course offered a great outline of the aspects of screenwriting."
-John Diaz
"The group feedback really helped me to hone my script."
-Melanie Bates
"I learned how to take apart a completed work and see its numerous parts."
-Radu Stancut
 data analyst
"This course went beyond what I expected. It was amazing!"
-Doug Goodrich
"A great introduction to the craft of writing fiction."
-Kelly Donahue
"The instructor was very effective and efficient in getting to the heart of the piece."
-Mike Coughlan
 information technologies
"It definitely helps having an instructor who earns a living as a full-time writer."
-Kelvin Sparks
 director of information technology
"This course was helpful in explaining the different types of children's books one can write and clarifying what age-group each targets."
-Jennifer Alexander
"Good one-day overview. Great examples that I look forward to studying more. I liked the combination of information, topics, examples, and having us writing as well."
-Eliza Bates
"It was an interesting behind the scenes look at the publishing world."
-Carrie Voorhis
"It was a good overview of the business and craft of travel writing. The instructor covered the realities of the business and the essential elements that go into good travel journalism. The instructor also explored the different types of travel writing and how to adapt one idea to different mediums."
-Rise Mattler
"This course provided a source of insight to some of the secrets behind good writing."
-Kymberli Roberts
"I gained perspective on how a work of fiction is created."
-Lisa Neil
"I love the way the course was taught in an organized form with clear topics each week. It made writing seem achievable!"
-Kathryn Veatch
"I learned how to break down the elements of fiction writing and put them back together in a coherent story."
-Elizabeth Seabrook
 non-profit staff
"I found myself surrounded by others who value good writing as much as I do."
-Louis Anzovino
"This was an all around great experience for me—hearing other writers' stories and having my own critiqued."
-Ginger Kuenzel
 corp. communications manager
"I learned what it takes to develop a believable romance novel."
-Kathy Neff
 store clerk
"Even though it was online, the teacher's personality came through; she was very caring and involved with her students."
-Harriet Mckenzie
"I learned how to avoid certain pitfalls when writing science fiction."
-Todd Miller
 graphic artist
"The instructor was very supportive and eloquent. She was very knowledgeable in her field."
-Mark Chung
"I learned a great deal of the basics of selling a screenplay, a pitch, a log line, etc., as well as some useful directories for info."
-Richard Aab
"This class was an excellent primer in mystery writing."
-Cassandra Ritas
 policy analyst
"The course was very full of great information and exercises. I doubt you could fit more in."
-Mary Power
 graphic designer
"Everything was built toward the student feeling like a real writer."
-Colin Morton
 software support consultant
"I had always dreamed about writing short stories. The instuctor helped inspire me and made me realize I could write a good story after all."
-Marilyn Bassano
"This course gave me a solid overview of the elements of mystery writing, and an idea about how to put them together."
-Carla Norcott-Mahany
"It was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot, and I believe I grew a great deal as a writer."
-Ariella Benshmuel
 college student
"Taking the online class ended up being much better than I expected. I was afraid I wouldn't have the one-on-one that a live class has. To my surprise it was set up so that it was very personalized. It was a great experience for me, and I would recommend it to everyone."
-Jacque Folts
 manager of marketing & public relations
"Taking a course online is the best thing I have ever done along these lines. This course offered me great insight and positive answers to many questions I have wondered about."
-Colleen Becker
 mother, housewife
"Great course. The feedback was positive, and the suggestions for improvement were very helpful."
-Jennifer Moore
 product manager
"I learned a great deal…I have already recommended Gotham to others."
-Larry Nelson
 retired law enforcement officer
"This course is a great way to be introduced or reacquainted with the nuts and bolts of creating a fictional story."
-Julie Meintel
"This course gave me an appreciation for great fiction and also will help with my writing since I now know there is a method to the madness. Additionally, it got me reading again, which may be the most important of all."
-Tom Watson
"The instructor's extensive knowledge of travel writing and her professional experience were very valuable…"
-Lucia Kegan
"I learned about myself and what I hope to accomplish as a writer and traveler."
-Christian Lewis
"If I go on to be a successful published writer, and I will, it will be because of the Gotham classes I took."
-Bhyl Hughes
 business executive
"I was introduced to a whole new aspect of poetry. I am a much more versatile and open-minded writer for it."
-Stephanie Salerno
"I have greatly expanded my knowledge of poetic techniques and... the richness and possibilities of the poetic form."
-Phil Roberts
 public servant
"The structure of this class is fantastic. I think that it's very easy to navigate and it really keeps you working. Everything was timely and very interesting to me."
-Karen Cevallos
"The instructor was exceptional in his lectures, musings, and personal critiques of the students' work. I gained a lot of insight on the craft of writing through his knowledge. He was somehow able to make what had previously been unclear to me crystal clear."
-Kim E. Revay
"The instructor very quickly answered any student questions. No one was left waiting for an answer. She was very straightforward and knew her business."
-Nancy Wile
"I was able to refine my pitch-writing skills and obtained a general understanding of how to get doors to open."
-Cheryl Farr
 chemical engineer
"I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone who is serious about a writing career."
-George Strout
"This teacher was one of the best teachers I've had (and I've had a lot)."
-Jan Pankey
"The instructor does a great job communicating with her students and makes a real effort to make herself available. I found her to be both interesting and informative as well as friendly in her approach to students."
-Lyndon Taylor
 business owner
"The instructor provided information scattered over various books I have read over the last year in a clear and concise manner that I was able to understand. Being totally unfamiliar with how the publishing industry operates, I really appreciate how she put all the information together so that someone like me could grasp it."
-Mona Benge
 retired event coordinator
"This course gave me an in-depth analysis of the industry and enlightening information about the people within it."
-Tom Lance
"The course has been a very positive experience for me. It helped me overcome a long-standing [case of] writer's block and greatly increased my confidence."
-Campbell Kaiser
"I have taken many online training courses, and this is the best one I have ever had. The format was really quite effective in that it divided the components of the course into different sections: the lecture with discussion, the notebook/assignments, and the chat section. This kind of modular design facilitated effective learning and easy navigation."
-Maria Pere-Perez
 senior manager, alliances
"The course was structured extremely well, with each lesson a definite building block on the last. The instructor was able to explain each very well, and used great examples to help illustrate her points."
-Kristan Reid
"I appreciated my instructor's insights and knowledge. She was gifted in expressing her gained wisdom through her lectures in a very methodical, logical, and inspiring manner."
-Joyce Fuller
"I learned the ABC's of children's book writing."
-Rachel Cohen
 magazine writer
"Online classes with Gotham are a wonderful experience…one I will certainly repeat, probably many times."
-Stefanie Davies
"The instructor fostered a genuine sense of community despite the Internet environment and distance between students and teacher."
-Josette Belvedere
"There is no possible way to list all that I have learned from the course, instructor, and my fellow classmates."
-Rhys Patterson
"I learned that writing is a legitimate craft. Gotham encourages you to take your writing seriously."
-Dan McSweeney
"I developed confidence as a writer. I forgot my hesitations and let my imagination and creativity run wild."
-Suzanne Halbardier
"I learned that I can develop my ideas into an interesting story that has a voice and a point-of-view that people want to read."
-Missy Cohen
 sound editor
"I learned the importance of planning during the writing process."
-Julia Shaw
"I had never worked with the idea of children's literature and was nervous about what language to use, how detailed to be, et cetera. Both from the instructor and other students, I learned more about "less is more," and how to describe without adjectives."
-Noreen Napolitano
 computer software support
"The instructor made everyone feel welcome."
-Susan Parker
"I learned what to expect from the publishing industry and how to write an effective query letter."
-Dave Mele
"We got lots of nuts and bolts about how to cope with things specific to mystery writing, as distinct from other fiction genres."
-Annie Shaver-Crandell
"My understanding of writing has grown tremendously, as has my desire to write meaningful and entertaining books for children."
-Erica Farr
 mother & homemaker

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