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A whole new kind of writing class
Summer is the season of movie blockbusters. Action, speed, explosions, sequels. The more the better! For our summer writing contest, we would love you to pitch us your best idea for a summer blockbuster movie. But if you come up with an idea that's really great, why would you give it to us for free?
So, instead, pitch us your worst idea for a summer blockbuster. Put your pitch in the form of a logline--a pithy one or two sentence description.
For more info and to enter, visit the contest page.
Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23.
A good reason to stay in the city this summer.
We are proud to announce our new premium Fiction classes, conducted in partnership with the acclaimed literary magazine Zoetrope: All Story.
A year ago I signed up for Gotham’s Fiction I Writing class—the very first writing class I had ever taken. I have always been a voracious reader, but never thought I had the skill or talent to be a writer.
My teacher was Thais Miller, and from the first day, I knew it was going to be a very positive experience. Thais started each class with lectures that went beyond basics but helped build solid fundamentals. She wrote detailed, insightful critiques that were extremely helpful, and kept firm control over the class while at the same time encouraging thoughtful discussions. (Continue reading.)
By Britt Gambino
Gotham teacher David Seigerman doesn’t sleep enough. He writes, teaches, coaches his kids’ softball/baseball teams, and heads up the PTA—all with the ease of a trained circus artist. Even his down time is active. He likes to unwind with a game of golf with his father-in-law or ice hockey with neighborhood friends. (He admits to being terrible at skating, but figures if his sixty-four-year-old teammate can do it, so can he.)
Ironically, it was the devastation of Hurricane Sandy this past fall that brought ice hockey into David’s life. While his family had four feet of water in the basement to contend with, most of the neighborhood didn’t even have power. The Seigerman home became a spot for folks to band together. (Continue reading.)
The Mermaid of Brooklyn. It tells the story Jenny Lipkin, a Brooklynite magazine editor/writer and mother of two small children, who is pushed to the end of her rope by all the demands in her life…until she forms a mysterious connection with a mermaid from the East River. It’s funny and touching and O (Oprah’s magazine) likes it, saying, “Shearn captures both the beauty and the banality of parenthood.”
Here’s the tantalizing opening:
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Before I died the first time, my husband left me broke and alone with our two tiny children and it made me feel very depressed, etc. It’s the same old story: He went to buy cigarettes and never came home. Really. Wouldn’t you think you’d want to pack a bag or two, leave a forwarding address? Couldn’t he have at least taken the dog? These were the things I wondered in the beginning. Not: was he having an affair, or: was he mixed up in something nefarious, but: I can’t believe he wouldn’t bring his datebook, his favorite loafers; I can’t believe he didn’t change the lightbulb in the hallway before deserting us. He knew I couldn’t reach that lightbulb. The whole thing was unlike him. Then again, I was the one who died, which was unlike me, too. (Continue reading.)
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.
Gotham offers two courses for teens 13-17 years of age: Teen Creative Writing and Teen Nonfiction Writing. 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).
10 & 6-Week Workshops