Fiction Writing

Fiction is a wonderful conjuring act. With only words and the reader’s imagination, a work of fiction can sail across the world in pursuit of a whale, or time-travel to another dimension, or zero in on a few minutes in line at the local bank, enveloping the reader in a made-up story that feels real.
 
To pull off this feat requires a balance of craftsmanship, daring, and insight into human nature. Here you will learn the time-tested elements of fiction craft and how to market your work.
 
Whether you seek to write short stories or novels, mainstream or literary, comic or tragic, we’ll show you how to spin your thoughts into believable and spellbinding tales.

Consider Gotham’s premium Zoetrope Fiction Writing classes.

Notes

Fiction I encompasses short stories and novels. After Level I, students have a choice of Fiction II/III (focusing on short stories), or Novel II/III (focusing on novels).
 
If you are working on “genre” fiction, you may take either a Fiction/Novel course or one of our genre courses: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Mystery.
 
If you are working on a YA novel, you may take a Fiction/Novel or “genre” course, or you may take a Children’s Book course, where the full spectrum of children’s books will be covered.

“”
This class was wonderful. I learned techniques for writing fiction that I never knew existed.
Donna Carpenter
publishing

Fiction 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 fiction craft and gets you writing a short story (or two) or a novel. Course components:

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

Fiction 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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 Oct 5
Mon, 7–10 pm
1450 Broadway
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Tue, 2–5 pm
555 8th Ave.
 Oct 7
Wed, 7–10 pm
555 8th Ave.
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Thu, 7–10 pm
555 8th Ave.
 Oct 8
Thu, 10 am–1 pm
555 8th Ave.
 Oct 10
Sat, 2–5 pm
555 8th Ave.
 Oct 13
Tue, 7–10 pm
1450 Broadway
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Fiction 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.

Fiction Intensive topics include: character, plot, point of view, description, getting published.

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 Sep 11
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Fri, 10 am–5 pm
555 8th Ave.
 Sep 19
Sat, 11 am–6 pm
1450 Broadway
 Nov 14
Sat, 11 am–6 pm
30 W. 16 St.
Monday Matinee Discount! Register for $95.00.
 Dec 7
Mon, 10 am–5 pm
555 8th Ave.

Fiction 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 fiction craft and work toward completion of one or two short stories. Writers often repeat Fiction II to continue their projects. Course components:

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

Prerequisite: Fiction Writing I (10-week), or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
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 Oct 5
Mon, 7–10 pm
555 8th Ave.
 Oct 7
Wed, 7–10 pm
1450 Broadway
 Oct 8
Thu, 10 am–1 pm
555 8th Ave.
 Nov 11
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Fiction Writing | Level III

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 focuses on detailed workshopping of student short stories, among veterans of the workshop process. Writers often repeat Fiction III to continue their projects. Course components:

  • Discussions
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Prerequisite: Two terms of a Level II Gotham fiction-related course. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
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 Oct 14