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.
   See Fiction I or Fiction II

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 made me dream, eat, and sleep with a creative eye toward the English language. And I loved being with the characters I created in my stories.
Rebecca McGown
educator/volunteer

Fiction Writing | Level I

10-week Workshop

NYC Tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)
Online Tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
Zoom info, tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
     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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3.00 CEUs
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Spring NYC Schedule now available via Zoom Conference
Upcoming dates to be announced. Check Online listings.

Fiction Writing | Level II

10-week Workshop

NYC Tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)
Online Tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
Zoom info, tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
     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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Spring NYC Schedule now available via Zoom Conference
Upcoming dates to be announced. Check Online listings.

Fiction Writing | Level III

10-week Workshop

NYC Tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)
Online Tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
Zoom info, tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
     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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Teacher
Spring NYC Schedule now available via Zoom Conference
Upcoming dates to be announced. Check Online listings.

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

Fiction Writing

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Two three-hour sessions on separate days.

Zoom info, tuition: $165
     Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The Zoom Intensives are taught via the Zoom videoconference platform.

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

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

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

Students may reschedule a Zoom Intensive one time.

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Not offered in NYC.

Fiction Writing

One-day Intensive

Seven hours in one day (with lunch break).

NYC Tuition: $165
     Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $300 Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are taught in-person.

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

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

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

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher
Spring NYC Schedule now available via Zoom Conference
Upcoming dates to be announced.