FAQ

Arrow questions are answered by our Customer Service guru, Dana Miller.

Will my work be treated respectfully?

Course Information—General

Absolutely. Gotham teachers treat all student work with respect, and insist that every student do the same. Furthermore, Gotham teachers make sure that all students get a balance of positive and critical feedback. We want students to get honest criticism, but we don't want anyone to feel attacked or discouraged.

Who are your teachers?

Course Information—General

Gotham teachers are all experienced writers who are also effective teachers. The best writers are not always the best teachers, but Gotham employs people who excel at both writing and teaching. You may enjoy learning about our Faculty.

Can I find what teacher is teaching a specific class?

Course Information—General

Yes, teachers are listed alongside individual classes.

How do I choose the right teacher?

Course Information—General

We recommend you choose the course and timing/location that is most right for your needs, rather than worrying about which teacher is the best fit. You are welcome to look at the bios of our teachers, but the bios alone won't tell you which teacher is most right for you. Our teachers are carefully screened and supervised, and we pride ourselves on the consistent teaching excellence of our teachers.

Is it possible to work privately with your teachers?

Course Information—General

Yes, we offer various types of One-on-One services.

Do you offer any free classes?

Course Information—General

Yes, in New York City. We frequently offer free one-hour classes around the city, and we periodically present an Open House, where people can sample one or two free classes. To see what free classes are coming up, check Free Events.

Are the Children's Book courses just for picture books or do they include books for older kids, even young adult books?

Course Information—Specific

Gotham's Children's Book courses cover the full spectrum of children's books, ranging from picture books for the very young to "young adult" novels for teens. Many children's book authors write for various age levels, so it makes sense to group all these age levels together.

If you are working on a "young adult" novel and you don't wish to be in a class where books for younger children are discussed, then you may take one of our other fiction courses (Fiction/Novel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery).

What's the difference between Creative Writing 101 and Creative Nonfiction 101?

Course Information—Specific

Creative Writing 101 deals with fundamental creativity in prose writing, any kind of prose writing, both fiction and nonfiction. Creative Nonfiction 101 focuses on the more creative forms of nonfiction, including memoir, personal essay, feature articles, profiles, reviews, and travel writing.

Both courses are great entry points for writers. The chief difference: Creative Writing 101 deals with both fiction and nonfiction and Creative Nonfiction 101 deals only with nonfiction.

What is the difference between fiction and memoir?

Course Information—Specific

Fiction refers to work that is entirely or partially fabricated. Many works of fiction draw heavily on true-life experiences, but they should not be entirely true-to-life. Memoir refers to work that is entirely true-to-life, with perhaps a tiny bit of storytelling license or name-changing. If you want to make some things up, or avoid offending anyone, then go for fiction. If you want to tell "real" stories derived from your own life, then go for memoir.

What course is best if I want to work on a nonfiction book?

Course Information—Specific

If you're working on a memoir, then take a Memoir course. If you're working on a nonfiction book that is not a memoir, then it's a little trickier.

Nonfiction books that are not memoir enter the market as a nonfiction book proposal—a detailed analysis of the book, along with sample material. (Memoirs are sometimes sold on the basis of a proposal, but more often than not, they are sold as a finished manuscript.) If you want to see if you have a viable book idea, or refine your book idea, then take the Nonfiction Book Proposal course. However, this is more of a "selling" course than a "writing" course.

If you want to focus on the writing, then you could take Article writing if the book is largely objective and journalistic, or you could take Essay & Opinion if the book is largely subjective and grounded in your personal views. In these courses, students work on short-form pieces rather than books, but it's good to start with shorter pieces, just as we encourage fiction writers to work on short stories before they tackle novels. The short pieces you work on might well end up in your book and you will improve your writing by working on these shorter pieces.

Can I work on "genre" fiction in the Fiction and Novel courses?

Course Information—Specific

Absolutely. You can work on any kind of fiction in our Fiction and Novel courses. But if you're working on "genre" fiction, you may prefer to take one of our "genre" courses—Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Where do you offer in-person classes?

NYC Vs. Online Classes

Only in New York City.

How do your Online classes work?

NYC Vs. Online Classes

Our Online classes replicate, as much as possible, the experience of a "live" class. The teacher and students come together in a communal "space" and interact with each other in a stimulating manner. As with the "live" classes, the Online classes offer lectures, discussion, assignments (with feedback), and, depending on the course, critique of projects that students are developing.

But, of course, there are differences between "live" and Online classes.

The chief distinction of our Online classes is that they do not meet in "real time." In other words, students do not sit at their computers at an assigned day or hour watching an instructor present a class as they would in a "live" classroom. Instead, students may participate at any time, day or night. However, there is a schedule. Each class session lasts for 7 days, and there are things to accomplish within that time frame. There is a topic that is covered each "week," and there are things that are due within that "week." This asynchronous format allows students from all over the world to take class together without concern of time differences, and it allows for a convenient fit with just about any schedule. When a new "week" begins, the material from the previous "weeks" is still accessible, so a student will never completely miss a class.

Read more about our Online classes.

What are the advantages of taking an NYC class? An Online class?

NYC Vs. Online Classes

Students receive the same content and quality of education in either an NYC or an Online class. But the experience is a bit different between them.

An NYC class offers an experience similar to what we all remember from school. Specifically:

  • Live interaction with fellow students and instructor
  • Immediate feedback to questions and comments
  • The face-to-face camaraderie of writers with whom you can bond, share, and learn

An Online class offers a more flexible experience. Specifically:

  • The convenience of participating any time, day or night, and from any location (as long as you have Internet access)
  • Posted material (lectures, discussion, assignments, etc.) that you can print and save.
  • Archived material, so you never "miss" a class
  • A global "classroom" that welcomes people from all over the world

How much do your classes cost?

Registration/Payment

The tuition varies depending on the class format. Here are the various prices:

10-week NYC Workshops: $425 (Returning Gotham students $395)
10-week Online Workshops: $399 (Returning Gotham students $369)
10-week Level III (except for Fiction III): $545
Six-week NYC classes: $315
Six-week Online classes: $299
Six-week Business Writing: $325
Selling Seminars: $165
Intensives: $150
5-hour Intensives: $95
Business Writing Intensive: $150
Six-week NYC Teen Classes: $315
Four-week NYC Teen Classes: $315
Six-week Online Teen Classes: $299
Write-In: $20, or $45 for a pack of three.

In addition to the above prices, there is a $25 registration fee, paid only once per term, even if a student takes multiple classes in that term. This fee does not apply to Write-Ins.

Once you take any kind of Gotham class (or Write-In), you are given a lifetime $30 Returning Student discount on any 10-week class you take. (This does not include the following premium courses: Zoetrope Fiction, Jumpstart Your Writing, certain Level III courses.)

We also offer various ways to save on tuition.

What is the registration fee?

Registration/Payment

There is a $25 registration fee per student, per term. It applies whether or not a student has taken a previous class with Gotham. But it's paid only one per term, even is a student takes multiple classes in that term.

The fee helps to cover administrative costs and to keep our tuitions affordable.

Do I have to pay in full before a class begins?

Registration/Payment

To register for a 10-Week course, you need to pay in full to guarantee your place in class. Or you can pay a $95 deposit plus a $25 registration fee (total $120) to temporarily hold your place, but tuition must be paid in full 10 business days before your class starts or you risk losing your spot.

To register for any course shorter than 10 weeks, you must pay in full when you register.

What payment methods do you accept?

Registration/Payment

You can pay for class using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash, money order, or check (drawn on a U.S. bank) payable to Gotham Writers Workshop.

How do I register?

Registration/Payment

In one of the following ways:

From Website

Just follow the steps on our checkout page.

By Phone

Were happy to take your registration over the phone with a credit card. Give us a call at 212-974-8377 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Eastern Time. If you call us after business hours, just leave a message with your name, the specific class you'd like to take, and how we can reach you.

In Person

You can register at the Gotham office by appointment (Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM), or enroll at the class site (first day of class only) if there is room available. We need full payment for on-site walk-in registrations. And if you're paying cash, please bring exact change.

How do you determine your prices?

Registration/Payment

We do our best to keep our classes affordable, as we believe expert writing instruction should be widely available. We seldom raise prices, and our prices are highly competitive with comparable programs.

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