Gotham Writers' Workshop

Gotham Writers' Workshop

Professional
Hell's Kitchen, New York, New York
(511 Reviews)

We are the leading private creative writing school in New York City and online. Professional writers present workshops in more than a dozen forms of writing. Our interactive online classes, selected as “Best of the Web” by Forbes, have attracted thousands of aspiring writers from across the United States and more than one hundred countries.

The school was founded in New York City in 1993 by two writers, Jeff Fligelman and David Grae. Prior to starting the school, both Fligelman and Grae had received graduate degrees in creative writing and had taught writing at a variety of schools and universities. Fligelman and Grae founded the school so that they could provide students comprehensive classes on the craft of writing, which they had been unable to find anywhere else at the time.

The result was the development of highly structured classes, which employ three main teaching tools:

  • Lectures on the elements of the writing craft (e.g. plot, characterization, dialogue, etc.) 
  • Writing exercises, which work in tandem with the lectures 
  • The Booth, the school's unique and signature critiquing method which provides writers with helpful, constructive feedback on their projects and sharpens their skills.
Our Mission
Our aim is to demystify the writing process through expert instruction and proven methods in a safe, creative learning environment.

Our Proven Method
In teaching creative writing to tens of thousands of students, we have developed a method that works, which may explain why we have grown to become the leading creative writing school in New York City and online.

We believe anyone can write. Writing is a craft, like carpentry, that can be taught, learned, and mastered. At Gotham, we teach you how to use the elements of writing, such as structure, character, description, and voice. We foster your creativity in a positive atmosphere and show you how to free up your imagination. We respect your writing, we treat you like a professional, and we get you writing.

Reviews of Gotham Writers' Workshop

(511 Reviews)
TV Writing Level 1: One Day Intensive

9/22/2018
Isa F.

Attended: TV Writing Level 1: One Day Intensive


Excellent instructor and very well structured.

TV Writing Level 1: One Day Intensive

9/22/2018
Margaret B.

Attended: TV Writing Level 1: One Day Intensive


The class was informative but the professional resume of the instructor seemed dated...with the tv landscape changing so rapidly, I would expect a fresher, more innovative POV.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing Level 1

9/19/2018
Jivan N.

Attended: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing Level 1


I loved this class and was so sorry to see it end! At first I thought the 3 hours would drag but Matt kept the class energetic and the booth sessions were incredibly helpful! We’re continuing to meet after the class is done and to me that’s a sign that Matt successfully instructed and invigorated the group!

Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive

9/16/2018
Marjon J.

Attended: Memoir Writing Level I: One Day Intensive


Cullen was such a great teacher. I wish there was more time for individual feedback and/or we could have that opportunity even if we didn't discuss our piece out loud in class.

Creative Nonfiction 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks

9/12/2018
Tracey Y.

Attended: Creative Nonfiction 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks


Mind expanding, extremely constructive, inspiring, I learnt more than I expected and had a wonderful experience. Alana is a truly great teacher an well rounded in her approach to constructive criticism and encouragement. Highly, highly recommend.

Write-In

9/8/2018
Jenn C.

Attended: Write-In


It was a lot of fun and very cool to hear from other writers! The prompts are simple, but can go in any direction you take them. My only issue is the class can be hit or miss depending on who is there. Not many people in our group wanted to share their writing, so we had more quiet time than I would have liked.

Write-In

9/8/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Write-In


Wonderful exercise. I do wish the two writing prompts had been more different from each other. Both were kind of intense, and it would have been nice to have prompts that were different in tone to help us stretch our imaginations more. The teacher was lovely but didn't really ask a lot of questions to stoke discussions about the writings that were shared. Would have loved a more dynamic conversation to get our thoughts flowing. All in all, however, I enjoyed the process of writing without fear of judgment and I would attend again.

Grammar: The Basics: Level I

8/26/2018
Francisco F.

Attended: Grammar: The Basics: Level I


Great class and instructor!

Creative Nonfiction 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks

8/14/2018
Jessica M.

Attended: Creative Nonfiction 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks


I really enjoyed the class. The instructor was engaging and even her focus of what she tends to write about happened to be very in line with my own. In the future I would probably want to take a longer course that was more focused on a specific project, whereas this was separate lessons (like a series as opposed to a serial). Not a complaint as that is part of the class description and probably exactly what I needed this time, a good chance to dip my feet in, in a supportive environment. I would gladly take more classes from Gotham and from the instructor.

Social Media Intensive

8/13/2018
Jepi R.

Attended: Social Media Intensive


I was very disappointed by this class. The instructor was extremely self centered. Every social media example he provided was of himself, his LinkedIn, his Instagram. He ignored student questions and refused to take a deeper dive into topics students were interested in. When I introduced myself he completely ignored me asking a silly question about where I worked although i had explained it in my intro. He explained that some of what I was interested in was too advanced and that some of the students were just grandparents that wanted to connect with their grandchildren. No one in their intro mentioned anything like that. Most were there due to interest in getting on social media to market themselves. I believe the course description eluded to something more advanced than "The first rule of social media is don't be stupid." He literally wrote that on the smart board. In addition to, the basics of the hashtag.

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555 8th Ave Ste 1402, New York, New York 10018
Gotham Writers' Workshop
Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
555 8th Ave Ste 1402
Between W 37th & W 38th Streets
New York, New York 10018

Upcoming Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop

Memoir Writing Level 2
Memoir Writing Level 2
Next start date:

Monday Sep 24th, 10am

Blog Writing Level 1: One Day Intensive
Blog Writing Level 1: One Day Intensive
Next start date:

Friday Sep 28th, 10am

Write-In
Write-In
Next start date:

Friday Sep 28th, 6:30pm

Children’s Book Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Children’s Book Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Next start date:

Monday Oct 1st, 7pm

Fiction Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Fiction Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Next start date:

Monday Oct 1st, 7pm

Essay & Opinion Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Essay & Opinion Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Next start date:

Monday Oct 1st, 7pm

TV Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop
TV Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop
Next start date:

Monday Oct 1st, 7pm

Creative Writing 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks
Creative Writing 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks
Next start date:

Monday Oct 1st, 7pm

Poetry Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop
Poetry Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop
Next start date:

Monday Oct 1st, 7pm

Novel First Draft Level 2: 10 Week Workshop
Novel First Draft Level 2: 10 Week Workshop
Next start date:

Monday Oct 1st, 7pm

Creative Nonfiction 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks
Creative Nonfiction 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 2nd, 10am

Stand-Up Comedy Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Stand-Up Comedy Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 2nd, 6:30pm

Novel Critique Level 2: 10 Week Workshop
Novel Critique Level 2: 10 Week Workshop
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 2nd, 7pm

Essay & Opinion Writing Level 2: 10 Week Workshop
Essay & Opinion Writing Level 2: 10 Week Workshop
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 2nd, 7pm

Screenwriting Level 2
Screenwriting Level 2
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 2nd, 7pm

Poetry Writing Level 2
Poetry Writing Level 2
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 2nd, 7pm

Memoir Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop
Memoir Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 2nd, 7pm

Blog Writing Level 1: 6 Week Class
Blog Writing Level 1: 6 Week Class
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 2nd, 7pm

Playwriting Level 1: 10-Week Workshop
Playwriting Level 1: 10-Week Workshop
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 2nd, 7pm

Writing Scripts 101 Level 1
Writing Scripts 101 Level 1
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 2nd, 7pm

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Teachers at Gotham Writers' Workshop

Akil Kumarasamy Alanna Schubach Alex Forbes Alex Mindt Alexander Steele Alexis Schaitkin Alexis Atkinson Alice Bradley Alison Stein Wellner Alison Espach Amelia Blanquera Andrew Collins Anita Diggs Arlaina Tibensky Ashley Shelby Aspen Matis Barbara DeMarco-Barrett BC Edwards Benjamin Obler Beth Livermore Betsey Odell Blaise Allysen Kearsley Brendan Halpin Britt Gambino Bruce Cherry C.C. Webster Carl Capotorto Carmen Bugan Carole Bugge Carolyn Maccullough Chloé Caldwell Chris Prioleau Christine Reilly Christopher Dietrich Colleen Kinder Corie Hengst Cullen Thomas Dalia Pagani Dan Lopez Dana Miller David LaBarca David Seigerman David LaBarca David Kuelz David Seigerman David Title David Pace David Farley David Rice David Yoo Diana Spechler Divya Sood Dominic Preziosi Doug Katz Dov SS Simens Dr. Steve Albrecht Edward Einhorn Elizabeth Cohen Emily Rodriquez Emily Rodriquez Emily Rapp Black Emma Pearse Erik Kraft Fran McNulty Francesca Ochoa Francis Flaherty Gabrielle Bellot Greg Fallis Hasanthika Sirisena Heather Wood Rudulph Ian S. Port Irene Zabytko J. L. Stermer J.S. Breukelaar Jaime Karnes James Steerman James Yeh James Bosley Janet Flora Janice Erlbaum Jason Greiff Jeffrey Mosier Jen Glantz Jennifer Udden Jennifer Armstrong Jennifer Keishin Armstrong Jennifer Marie Brissett Jeremy Wechter Jessica Sticklor Jessica Penner Jessie Sholl Jil Picariello Jim Mendrinos Jody Gray Joe Okonkwo John Kachuba John Oliver Hodges Jolie DeFeis Jon Reiner Jon Gingerich Jonathan Mandell Juan Vasquez Julia Dahl Kamilah Moon Kara Lee Corthron Karen Kingsley Karen Sieber Karyn Casl Kate Angus Kate Moses Katherine Taylor Keith Nishida Kelly Caldwell Ken Derry Kesi Augustine Kim Brittingham Kim Liao Kimberlee Auerbach Kody Keplinger Kuros Charney Kurt Opprecht Laura Yeager Laura Wolner Laura Cahill Leigh Michaels Lev AC Rosen Lilly O'Donnell Lisa Reardon Lisa Kaufman Madeline Valentine Mara Reinstein Marco Shalma Margaret Meacham Marie Carter Mary Donnelly Mary Anderson Masha Hamilton Matthew Cody Matthew Lippman Max Adams Meghan Kenny Melissa Petro Michael Eldridge Michael Jones Michael Backus Michael Montlack Michael Leviton Michael Q. Boyd Michaela Roessner Mike Luongo Mike Dunphy Mo Krochmal N. West Moss Nan Mooney Nelsie Spencer Nelsie Spencer Nina Boutsikaris Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich Pamela Harris Paul Zimmerman Paul Witcover Pete Jensen Peter Stass Peter Finch Phat Chiem Polly Bresnick R. Dean Johnson Raven Burnett Richard Caliban Rob Decina Robert Repino Roohi Choudhry Rory Haines Roseanne Wells Ryan Britt Ryan Tymensky Sara Barron Sarah McColl Sarah Bruni Sarah Langan Scott Cheshire Scott LaCounte Scott Alexander Hess Season Harper-Fox Season Harper-Fox Seth Fried Shahnaz Habib Shamar Hill Shari Goldhagen Shelly Oria Stacey Pershall Stacy Pershall Stacy Pershall Stacy Parker Le Melle Steph Spector Stephanie Paterik Steven James Snyder Sue Henderson Susan Breen T Kira Madden Tal McThenia Tamara Guirado Thais Miller Tom Brennan Tommy Jenkins Tony Conniff Vanessa King Weike Wang Zaina Arafat
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