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

"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 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
"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
 Editor
"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
 Writer/Editor
"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
 Writer
"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
 Student
"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
 Journalist
"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
"This class has been one of the highlights of my life."
-Sheryl Jones
 Student
"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
 Screenwriter
"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
 Student
"You'll be blogging by the end & learning how promote your blog. I highly recommend it. "
-Holly Warah
 Blogger
"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
 pilot
"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
 writer/director
"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
"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
"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
 SAHM
"A delicious overview of food writing and the many forms it takes."
-Susan Palsa
 attorney
"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
 writer
"Well worthwhile. I would strongly recommend for those in the early stages of writing."
-Ann Wheaton
 journalist
"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
 student
"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
 librarian
"Very good intensive on setting up a blog."
-Catherine Vitale
 photographer/blogger
"If you want to pursue your dream of being a science-fiction writer, this course will open your imagination."
-Pamela Henderson
 teacher
"The best story-writing class I've ever taken!"
-Brenda Noonan
 technical writer
"Fun, educational, and motivating!"
-Vincent Harper
 tutor
"Fun!"
-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
"An excellent primer on how to get started as a freelance writer."
-Lisa Conquet
 psychotherapist
"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 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
"What I loved most about this course was the opportunity to expand my imagination."
-Krista Granieri
 teacher
"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
 lawyer
"This course brought me to an entirely new level of writing and interpreting plays"
-Kimberly Kenna
 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
 accountant
"Convenient, fun, and enlightening!"
-Evan Williams
 homemaker
"This course is invaluable. It really makes you sit down every day and write something, even if it's a phrase."
-Paul Perroni
 comedian
"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
 housewife
"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
 homemaker
"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
 sociologist
"A fantastic way to test the writing waters and share your work if fear has always held you back."
-Nancy O'Connor
 stay-at-home-mom
"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
"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
 accountant
"A course where someone can gain confidence and build courage."
-Lorlie Watler
 teacher
"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
 lawyer
"I feel as though my goals of being a professional writer are much more attainable now!"
-Caitlin Carroll
 PR professional
"A great way to see what it's all about and learn about the industry."
-Terry Kaye
 actress
"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 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
"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
 advertising
"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
"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
 attorney
"The course helps you immerse yourself in the cogs and gears of what makes for great SF. "
-Ashley Jacobs
 physician
"A great course for beginners that can take you from 0-60 in your knowledge of TV writing."
-Justin Peele
 copywriter
"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
"An inspirational experience, mind-expanding and unique."
-Lori Cohen
 attorney
"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
 entrepreneur
"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
 sales/marketingdirector
"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
 architect
"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
"I would label this course "essential" for those wishing to avoid spending years wandering down blind literary alleyways."
-Rebecca Reader
 English language teacher
"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
 translator
"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
"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
 headhunter
"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
 professor
"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
 writer
"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
 attorney
"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
 attorney
"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
"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
 Attorney
"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
 Retailer
"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
 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
 Student
"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
 Attorney
"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
"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
 Editor
"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
 Actress
"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
 Student
"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
 President
 Unstoppable Artists Business School
"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
 Student
"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 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
 cook
"GWW is the best online writing class I've found."
-Richard Brooks
 television producer
"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
"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
 actress
"Gotham online courses provide surprisingly good opportunities for group interaction despite the absence of face-to-face contact. "
-Joan Countryman
 retired teacher
"This is the best online courses 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
 philosopher
"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
"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 loved the flexibly this course offered for people with odd schedules. "
-Codi Vines
 pilot
"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
 Publishing
"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
"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
"A place to go to learn from other kindred spirits."
-Karen Z. Waltensperger
 international health advisor
"I have grown more in these 10 weeks with Gotham than in an entire year on my own."
-Will Pharis
 theater teacher
"It's the best money you'll ever spend."
-Constance Bullard
 retired
"I felt I was part of a group of people who care about creative writing and literature, which a new experience to me."
-Janelle Trees
 doctor
"All writers struggle in isolation so it's been buoying to connect with other writers in a non-competitive arena."
-Nina Graci
 journalist
"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
 copywriter
"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
"Gotham has found the perfect balance of freedom, knowledge, insight, and support."
-Mariana Frias
 audio engineer
"The best investment I've made as a writer thus far."
-Tiffany Baugh
 bank teller
"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
"An exhilarating experience!"
-Pia Cornaro
 communication trainer
"An exhilarating experience!"
-Pia Cornaro
 communication trainer
"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
"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
"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
"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
 Student
"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
"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
 Psychotherapist
"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
 Student
"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
 Actor
"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
 Writer
"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
 Student
"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
 Student
"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
 Student
"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
"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
 Veterinarian
" 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
 Physician
"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
 President
 ScreenStyle.com
"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
 Writer
"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
 Student
 Teacher
"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
"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
 Attorney
"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
 Student
"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
"I learned skills that have given me a firm foundation to start realizing my dream of becoming a writer."
-Erelin Emmert
 Housewife
"I learned what real screenwriting is about—more than I could ever learn from just reading books."
-Darshan Thakkar
 Attorney
"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
 Retired
"I found myself excited by the class—I would rush home from work so I could read everyone's comments and submissions."
-Elsa Kessler
 Student
"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
 Acupuncturist
"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
"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
 Student
"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
 Teacher
"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
 Student
"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
 Psychotherapist
"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 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
"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
 Consultant
"The lectures were very thorough and the professor dedicated her time to help me individually with my query letter."
-Anna Erickson
 Teacher
"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
 Journalist
"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
 Student
"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
"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
"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
 Homemaker
"I loved the flexibility, and the quality of the instruction was unsurpassable."
-Lynn Hoffmann
 Retail Manager
"I found the instructor extremely straightforward and informative. A true pro!"
-Susan Feitelberg
 Student
"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
 Consultant
"The instructor earns 5 stars in my eyes!"
-Tara Rose Coyote
 Importer
"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
"The instructor was an excellent teacher who really knew how to put difficult, abstract concepts into crystalline focus."
-John Diller
 Student
"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
 Student
"The instructor was very professional, very helpful, and very dedicated."
-David Seaborn-Jones
 Writer
"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
 Woodworker
"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
"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
 Illustrator/Artist
"I'm 63, and with teachers of this caliber I could look forward to a lifetime of learning wherever I reside."
-Marc Kouffman
 Student
"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
 Marketing
"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
"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
"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
 Student
"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
"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
"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 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 really loved the experience of the online class. I will definitely take more classes in the future."
-Aimee Dale
 Mother
"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
 Writer/Editor
"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
 Lobbyist
 Ft. Washington, MD
"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
 Homemaker/Teacher
"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
 Teacher
"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
 Student
"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 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
 Pharmacist
"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 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
 Psychotherapist
"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
 Writer
"The Web site is a marvel. It works seamlessly."
-Earl Pye
 Chemistry Professor
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
 Owner
 The Better Body Firm
"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
 Writer
"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
 Student
"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
"This course took what had been a mystery and turned it into something I could not only understand but apply."
-Jim McElroy
 Retail Sales
"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
"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
 Lobbyist
"It was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot, and I believe I grew a great deal as a writer."
-Ariella Benshmuel
 College Student
"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
 Student
"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
 Student
"I learned about myself and what I hope to accomplish as a writer and traveler."
-Christian Lewis
 Reporter
"I was introduced to a whole new aspect of poetry. I am a much more versatile and open-minded writer for it."
-Stephanie Salerno
 Student
"I have greatly expanded my knowledge of poetic techniques and... the richness and possibilities of the poetic form."
-Phil Roberts
 Public Servant
"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
 Writer
"This course gave me an in-depth analysis of the industry and enlightening information about the people within it."
-Tom Lance
 Accountant
"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
 Self-Employed
"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
 Advertising
"I learned the ABC's of children's book writing."
-Rachel Cohen
 Magazine Writer
"There is no possible way to list all that I have learned from the course, instructor, and my fellow classmates."
-Rhys Patterson
 Student
"The instructor's extensive knowledge of travel writing and her professional experience were very valuable…"
-Lucia Kegan
 Student
"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
 Technician
 USDA
"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
 Student
"This teacher was one of the best teachers I've had (and I've had a lot)."
-Jan Pankey
 Student
"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
"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
 Nurse
"The instructor fostered a genuine sense of community despite the Internet environment and distance between students and teacher."
-Josette Belvedere
 Attorney
"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
 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
"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
 Teacher
"Online classes with Gotham are a wonderful experience…one I will certainly repeat, probably many times."
-Stefanie Davies
 Homemaker/Writer
"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



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