Gotham Writers' Workshop launched
its online division, WritingClasses.com,
in June of 1997.The online campus offers interactive,
craft-oriented classes and resources for writers. As
virtual replicates of the NYC classes, the online courses are
accessible 24 hours a day and are taught by the school's expert
Currently one-half of all of the school's students enrol in
online workshops. Many students live abroad, making these
classes a truly global experience. In 2002, Forbes selected
Gotham Writers' Workshop as "Best of the Web."
You sit down to write. You have an image, a character, an idea
for a story, or just a sense of where it begins. Now all you
have to do is write it.
Easier said than done.
Our aim is to demystify the writing process.
Our Proven Method
In teaching creative writing to tens of thousands of students,
we’ve developed a method that works, which may explain why
we’ve 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.
We get you started
We show you how to generate ideas. We teach you how to create
compelling characters. We explain how structure really works. We
help you beat writer’s block.
So now you’re writing. Your classmates and teacher read your
work. That’s just the beginning.
The goal is to improve your writing, develop your style, and
make sure your material is as good as it can be. To that end, we
have developed a process that accentuates the positive and
provides thorough feedback.
The Gotham Booth
We call this process “The Booth.” The writer listens to
comments before responding. Each classmate begins with a
positive comment about your writing. The idea is to identify
what works and help you build upon your strengths. Then we move
on to specific suggestions regarding what can be improved. Next,
the teacher gives an extensive analysis of your writing.
Finally, you exit the metaphoric “Booth” with the
opportunity to ask questions. The process leads to a structured
dialogue, concrete suggestions, and a better understanding of
As we help each other write better, we become better writers
You become a writer
Now you’ve finished your first draft. It’s a great feeling.
In this supportive atmosphere, everyone understands that when
someone produces good work the entire group benefits from being
part of the process.
Writing. Writing well. Finishing. There’s no greater feeling.
That’s what we believe at Gotham, and we’re dedicated to
getting you there.