FAQ

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

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.

Can I come by your office to pay or ask questions?

Registration/Payment

Yes. We love visitors, for questions or registrations, but please remember to give a call first and let us know when to expect you.

If I need to withdraw from a class, what are my options?

Credits/Refunds

If you need to withdraw from class, here are your options:

All Classes (except One-days and Write-Ins)

For a refund or credit, contact us two business days or more before your class starts. You can either choose to hold a full credit with us good for one year on other Gotham classes OR you can opt for a refund less a $25 administrative fee and your $25 registration fee ($50 total).

If you need to withdraw after your class has started (or one business day before it starts), you won’t receive a refund, but you’re welcome to a Gotham credit less the price of Week 1 and your $25 registration fee, but we need to hear from you two business days or more before Week 2 meets for that to happen. After that point, no credits are available.

One-day Intensives

For a refund or credit, contact us two business days or more before your class starts. You can either choose to hold a full credit with us good for one year on other Gotham classes OR you can opt for a refund less a $25 administrative fee and your $25 registration fee ($50 total).

If you withdraw two hours or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full credit toward another class of the same price. (You can only reschedule once.) Please call rather than email; leave a voicemail if there is no answer. No refunds are available. If you simply don’t show up and don’t notify us in advance, you forfeit your money.

Write-Ins

If you withdraw two hours or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full credit good for one year toward another Write-In. No refunds are available. If you simply don’t show up and don’t notify us in advance, you forfeit your money.

Contact Info

Email: contact@gothamwriters.com
Phone: 212-974-8377

Classes purchased through CourseHorse

If you purchased through CourseHorse, then our Refund/Cancellation policy applies to your purchase, but CourseHorse will issue the refund. Please contact CourseHorse here to request your refund.

If we cancel a class that you purchased through CourseHorse, you will receive a full refund or credit. If you prefer a refund, we will notify CourseHorse that you are due a refund, but you can also contact CourseHorse here with any questions.

A few more things

  • Simply not attending class or notifying the instructor does not mean you've officially withdrawn.
  • Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road.
  • Some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for medical emergencies with a doctor's note.
  • Refunds take up to six weeks to process.

Please understand, we can't issue a refund after classes have started, even if you miss your first class. Similarly, we can't offer you a credit one day before your second class or after that. We understand that other obligations get in the way of attending class, but these policies allow us to get other interested writers into class early enough to have a good experience, and this allows us to offer our classes at a reasonable price.

Do you offer discounts?

Ways To Save

Yes, we offer a few different ways to save:

Once you take a class with us (10-week, 6-week, Intensive, Selling Seminar, even a Write-In), we consider you family and are happy to give you a $30 Returning Student discount on any 10-week class you take. Forever. But there are other ways to save on what we offer.

Monday Matinees

Classes offered during the daytime on Mondays in NYC are offered at a special low price. The courses offered in this time frame vary from term to term. You may call us to see what is being offered.

Double-Class Discount

Register for any two 10-Week classes and receive a $100 discount off the full tuition rate. You must register for both at the same time, but you don't have to take them both at the same time.

10-week Plus Discount

Register for a 10-week class and any other class at the same time and you will receive the Returning Student rate (a $30 savings) on your 10-week class.

Reading Fiction/Scripts in Focus Discount

Take any 10-Week class and register for a Reading Fiction or Scripts in Focus class with a $75 discount. You must register for both at the same time, but you don't have to take them both at the same time.

Corporate Discount

When your company joins our corporate discount program, employees can receive a 10% discount on tuition. Call 212-974-8377 for details.

Final Draft Discount

Gotham students may purchase the download version of Final Draft at the special educational rate of $129, a savings of $120 off the regular price. This discount price is only available with proof of educational status, which applies to any Gotham student, past or present.

Inside Track

Gotham occasionally announces special offers through our email communication, Facebook, and Twitter. To get the inside track, sign up, like, and follow us in these places.

A Few More Things:

  • Discounts don't apply to Write-Ins, one-session classes, Monday matinee classes, and premium classes (Zoetrope Fiction, Jumpstart Your Writing, Business Writing, most Level III courses).
  • Discounts can't be combined with each other or any promotions.
  • The Returning Student discount only applies to 10-week courses.

May I receive financial aid to take classes?

Ways To Save

Unfortunately, no. Because we are not an accredited college or university, Gotham is ineligible to receive any federal education funding.

Can I receive credit for your classes?

Accreditation/Certificates

Yes, we are accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. We provide 3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for a 10-week course and 1.8 CEUs for our 6-week Business Writing course. You must check with an institution or organization to see if they recognize CEUs.

Do you offer a certificate or diploma?

Accreditation/Certificates

We offer Program Certificates for completing a program of study in Fiction, Memoir, or Screenwriting. And we offer individual certificates, if needed, for completing an individual course. These certificates may be used to show proof of completion or to bolster a resume, but they are not likely to advance your chance of publication or production.

Do you offer courses taught in languages other than English?

Foreign/Non-native English-speaking Students

No, our classes are only taught in English, and we require fluency in English to take our classes.

Which courses will help me improve my English?

Foreign/Non-native English-speaking Students

None of our courses are English-as-second-language courses. If you are not fairly fluent in English, a Gotham class is not the best fit. However, if you are fairly fluent in English, even though it's not your first language, you may well benefit from a Gotham class. If you're not sure if your English is good enough, or which course is right for you, we are happy to help you figure it out.

If I'm coming to New York City from abroad to take a class, what do I need to do?

Foreign/Non-native English-speaking Students

Gotham welcomes English-speaking students from outside the U.S. in our New York City classes. However, we are not an accredited college or university and therefore do not have the forms necessary to obtain a student visa. Our recommendation is that interested students from abroad obtain a travel or tourist visa and count us among the cultural activities available to do while in New York City, like attending museums, readings, and seminars. Unfortunately, Gotham does not provide housing or help students from abroad find housing. Please check our hotel suggestions for New York City.

What happens if I get on your mailing list?

Miscellaneous

You will receive newsletters and other mailings with writing advice, news, and special deals. We will not give your contact information to any other organization, so you will only receive Gotham communications. You will find a sign-up box on the footer of this page, and you can learn more about our e-communications here.

How can I find my class location?

Miscellaneous

Each New York City class is listed with its location. You can click on the location to get directions. And all of our New York City class locations are listed here.

Important Notes

Important Notes

  • Students are allowed to join a class in the second week.
  • Only those who pay the tuition in full can be guaranteed a place in class.
  • Class dates and times may be subject to change. A substitute may be assigned or make-up classes added to the end of the term.
  • Auditing and the recording of classes are not allowed.
  • For all classes, students receive a record of payment and registration.
  • Gotham reserves the right to remove any student at our discretion.
  • Gotham does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.
  • Our courses are not intended to provide instruction that will result in the student's acquisition of occupational skills.
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