Gotham Writers Workshop is a creative home where writers develop their craft and come together in the spirit of discovery and fellowship. We’ve been teaching creative writing and business writing since 1993.
The Art of Craft
We teach the craft of writing in a way that’s clear, practical, and inspiring. Explore our wide variety of courses for adults and teens, as well as our One-on-One options. New classes are starting all the time, in NYC, on Zoom, and asynchronously Online.
Frightening First Line Contest
Deadline: November 30, 2023
Autumn is the season of rustling leaves, a chill in the air, and, of course, Halloween.
In that spirit, we invite you to create the first line of a frightening story. Just the first line.Read More
Gotham’s new literary magazine.
Two sharp stories each month—fiction and nonfiction. Presented with text, audio, and original art.
Enter the experience.Read More
Scholarships for Writers of Color
Scholarships for Writers of Color are available to all people of color who aspire to improve their writing skills, either in the fields of creative writing or elsewhere.Read More
How to Get Published
Here you will learn how to navigate the ins-and-outs of the publishing business and you’ll write (and refine) the most important selling tool for your book—the query letter. All under the guidance of an established literary agent.Read More
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
Deadline: March 1, 2024
Every year, the Selected Shorts program at Symphony Space hosts the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest. The winner will have his or her work performed and recorded live at Symphony Space in NYC.Read More
I wrote more in these 10 weeks than in the last year. I am very happy with my progress and I couldn't have done it without the support built in to this class. Thank you!
Kelly Parker Smith, self-employed creative
Expert Teachers, Working Writers
A skilled teacher is the key to an exceptional class. Our teachers have been in the trenches, working daily at the craft of writing. They know the lay of the land. And they are equally adept at the fine art of teaching.Meet Our Faculty
A Wealth of Resources
The tools needed to write are quite simple—pen and paper, or electronic device. But it’s useful to have advice and information within easy reach. We’ve put together all kinds of resources to guide your journey as a writer, including Gotham books.View Our Resources
The Gotham Experience
We believe everyone has a story to tell. And we like to help people tell their stories better. We’ve been practicing this philosophy for more than three decades, and it’s made us the leading private writing school in the world.Learn About Gotham