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A list of instructors teaching in the Winter 2014 term:
It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. One version of the story places the bet at the famed Algonquin round table. Whether true or not, there is an actual bet-winning short story attributed to Hemingway:
For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.
Our challenge to you:
Write a great short story in ten words or fewer. (You may use a title, but that goes into the word count.) All entries must be received by May 5, 2014.
Gotham Writers Workshop is celebrating 20 years of helping writers discover their stories. Now we’re revising ours, with a new logo, a new look, and all kinds of new courses and initiatives. (A new website will be coming in the near future.) Stay tuned by getting on our mailing list, or following us on social media.
And check out our Winter 2014 brochure!
Gotham and The Writer magazine invite you to enter our Annie Proulx-inspired Tell It Strange Essay & Story Contest.
Choose one of Ms. Proulx's insightful quotes to respond to in a 1,000 word story or essay:
"We're all strange inside. We learn how to disguise our differences as we grow up."
The Shipping News
"There's something wrong with everybody and it's up to you to know what you can handle."
Check it out, Friday evenings in Manhattan, Saturday afternoons in Brooklyn.
A whole new kind of writing experience.
We are proud to announce our new premium Fiction classes, conducted in partnership with the acclaimed literary magazine Zoetrope: All Story.
I wanted to write fiction almost all my life (since third grade!), but pursued a career as a computer applications trainer. While I enjoyed my work, I had a persistent urge to write historical novels. The first step I took toward realizing my dream was enrolling in a Fiction course at Gotham Writers Workshop.
Gotham teacher Kamilah Aisha Moon recently saw the release of her poetry collection She Has a Name. The poems are all related to a young woman with autism; we hear from the woman, along with people who know her well. The book has an interesting trailer, and a reviewer for the Los Angeles Review of Books calls it “one of the most moving poetry books I’ve encountered in a while.”
We now share a poem from the book:
1 in 150 now, this glitch
in babies poised to unlock the world
These daughters and sons of poets,
store clerks, salesmen, singers,
CEOs, janitors, actors cast
into this permanent script
Souls we love turned
like the faces of flowers thrust
toward a rogue sun
Gotham offers two courses for teens 13-17 years of age:
Unbound: Creative Writing and True Story: Creative Nonfiction. These classes are all about helping teens discover and develop their unique voices. No grades, no exams, no wrong answers. Offered in NYC and online (in conjunction with Teen Ink magazine).
The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has certified Gotham as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Our classrooms are not the only way to get the Gotham experience. We also have books.
10 & 6-Week Workshops