Essay & Opinion Writing

Do you enjoy sharing your viewpoints? What do you think of, say, global warming or the latest water-cooler TV show or the forgotten value of handkerchiefs? No topic is too major or minor to warrant exploration. There are many places to air your views—magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs, books—and many forms to encapsulate them.
 
People will be eager to hear you out…if you know how to elucidate your thoughts better than the average loudmouth on the bus. Here you’ll learn about the leading forms of viewpoint writing—personal essay, lyric essay, op-eds, reviews, and others—as well as writing craft and how to market your work.
 
Whatever you have to say, we’ll show you how to say it effectively and compellingly.

Notes

A personal essay is similar to a memoir; both incorporate elements from the writer’s life. But a personal essay focuses more on the viewpoint, and a memoir focuses more on the story. Gotham also offers courses on Memoir Writing and an Intensive on Personal Essay Writing.

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A great overview and a chance to try your hand at a variety of essay styles.
Nonna Noto
retired economist

Essay & Opinion Writing | Level I

10-week Workshop

NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
Online info, tuition: $399 (returning students: $369)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745 Request consultation

This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of essay/opinion writing craft and gets you writing an essay or opinion piece (or two). Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Essay & Opinion I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Sep 15
4 spots left
 Oct 5
Mon, 7–10 pm
1450 Broadway
 Oct 8
Thu, 2–5 pm
555 8th Ave.

Essay & Opinion Writing | Level I

One-day Intensive

NYC info, tuition: $125
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $250 Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

Essay & Opinion Intensive topics include: personal essay, reviews, op-ed pieces, voice, purpose and meaning, getting published.

Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Sep 19
Sat, 11 am–6 pm
1450 Broadway

Essay & Opinion Writing | Level II

10-week Workshop

NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
Online info, tuition: $399 (returning students: $369)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745 Request consultation

This course helps you sharpen your skills at essay/opinion craft and work toward completion of one or two essay or opinion pieces. Writers often repeat Essay & Opinion II to continue their projects. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Prerequisite: Essay & Opinion I (10-week), or the equivalent.

3.00 CEUs

Not available at this time.