I just wanted to let you know that I just published my first book, The Late Bloomer's Revolution (Hyperion). I workshopped several of the pieces in the book at Gotham, and for that I could not be more grateful.
I recommend Gotham classes all the time, as my first class there was one of the best writing classes I've ever taken. And I've taken plenty. I tell people it's all about writing without the ego (the teacher's that is, because so often with star authors, the class becomes about what they like and students are encouraged to write like them).
That's why I think Gotham is so great. It's a jury of your peers. And they're there to help. Everyone I've told to take Gotham classes loves them.
I really hope people enjoy my book. I've gotten a ton of incredible letters, many from writers asking for advice with their memoirs. I talk about honesty and how hard it was for me to go really deep, especially in writing, about how within a year I lost my mother, my job, my boyfriend and my face (to an eight-month rash.) And also about how many drafts and years it takes to develop your voice. And I tell them to run to Gotham!
Thanks so much and keep up the great work.