Creative Writing 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks

at Gotham Writers' Workshop

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Course Details
Price:
$344 6 seats left
Start Date:

Tue, Jul 05, 7:00pm - Aug 09, 10:00pm Eastern Time (6 sessions)

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Location:
Zoom Conference
Important:
Price includes $25 Registration Fee.
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Description
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14
System Requirements: You will need an Internet connection and administrator access on your computer or laptop.
Class Delivery: Online classes draw together writers from across the globe. Our Online writing classes offer the same quality of instruction as our NYC classes, and, as much as possible, our Online classes replicate the experience of being together in a classroom with a teacher and fellow students. 

The classes do not take place in "real time," (with the exception of an optional weekly one-hour chat session). You can participate in class any time, day or night, but the classes advance week-by-week, and certain things should be accomplished within that seven-day time period.  

You can take an Online writing class from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection. The majority of our Online students are located in the U.S. but we also draw students from practically every country in the world, which is part of what makes the Online classes so interesting. 

Aside from the convenience of time and location, you have a written record of everything that transpires in class, which you can print out and keep for future reference. 

Class size is limited, so that all students get personal attention: 
  • Level I 10-week Workshops, 6-week Classes, Intensives – maximum 16 students 
  • Level II 10-week Workshops (and Level III Fiction) – maximum 14 students 
  • Selling Seminars – maximum 25 students 
  • Level III 10-week Workshops (excepting Fiction) – 6 students
Teacher: Angela Lam

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this creative writing class:

Are you eager to test the waters of creative writing but not sure where to start, or how? Have you written previously but been away for a while and hope to dip back in?

Here you will be guided surely and safely into the writing life. There’s no pressure to work on a specific project or even settle on which type of creative writing you prefer. The idea is to explore—see with a writer’s eyes, spark ideas to life, gain confidence, and experiment with both fiction and nonfiction.

Creative writing is one of the most fulfilling ways to express yourself, and you’re never too young or too old to give it a try. Come on in. The water’s fine.

Notes: 
  • This course includes both fiction and nonfiction prose.
  • The 101 courses do not include workshopping of student projects, but students write and receive feedback on writing exercises and assignments.
Syllabus

Introduction to Creative Writing: The importance of having fun with writing. Exploration of the cornerstones of creative writing—observation, imagination, language.

Show and Tell:
Understanding the difference between showing and telling. Techniques for showing—sensory, specificity, scenes.

Individuality: The power of a journal. Writing what you know. Writing what you want to know. Finding your individual voice.

Fiction: The types and forms of fiction. Where to find fiction ideas. The basics of creating a story—characters, plot, point of view.

Nonfiction: Exploration of three types of creative nonfiction writing—memoir, personal essays, narrative nonfiction. Where to find nonfiction ideas.

Getting Better: Good habits. Battling the blank page. Revision. Reading as a writer. Where to go next?

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.

Important:

  • Schedule posted is the Start and End date of the class. You may access the class at any time, day or night, within the schedule provided. Please see Online Class Delivery for more details.
  • Registrants will receive email instructions and information on how to access the online classroom.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Still have questions? Ask the community.

Refund Policy

Please note, this provider has a temporary policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

We offer refunds if students withdraw two or more days before a class begins. This comes with a $50 fee, but we will likely waive this for COVID-19 related situations.   

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Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19)

All Classes (except One-day and Zoom Intensives 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 and Zoom Intensives:

  • You may reschedule a One-day or Zoom Intensive one time, if you notify us before the class begins. After that first reschedule, there is a $25 rescheduling fee.
  • If you notify us two business days or more before your class begins, rescheduling is free. If you notify us less than two business days before your class begins, there is a $25 rescheduling fee. If you don’t notify us until after your class begins, we cannot reschedule you.
  • You may get a refund (minus a $50 fee) if you notify us two business days or more before your class begins.

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.

A few more things:

  • Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road.
  • Simply not attending class or notifying the instructor does not mean you've officially withdrawn.
  • 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.

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.

Start Dates (6)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time Angela Lam 6 $344
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Jul 12 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time Angela Lam
Tue, Jul 19 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time Angela Lam
Tue, Jul 26 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time Angela Lam
Tue, Aug 02 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time Angela Lam
Tue, Aug 09 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time Angela Lam
10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time TBD 6 $344
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Jul 18 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Mon, Jul 25 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Mon, Aug 01 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Mon, Aug 08 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Mon, Aug 15 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time TBD
7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time David Berner 6 $344
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Jul 18 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time David Berner
Mon, Jul 25 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time David Berner
Mon, Aug 01 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time David Berner
Mon, Aug 08 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time David Berner
Mon, Aug 15 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time David Berner
2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time Cleve Lamison 6 $344
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Aug 14 2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time Cleve Lamison
Sun, Aug 21 2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time Cleve Lamison
Sun, Aug 28 2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time Cleve Lamison
Sun, Sep 11 2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time Cleve Lamison
Sun, Sep 18 2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time Cleve Lamison
2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time Benjamin Obler 6 $344
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Thu, Aug 18 2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time Benjamin Obler
Thu, Aug 25 2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time Benjamin Obler
Thu, Sep 01 2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time Benjamin Obler
Thu, Sep 08 2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time Benjamin Obler
Thu, Sep 15 2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time Benjamin Obler
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD 6 $344
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Thu, Aug 18 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Thu, Aug 25 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Thu, Sep 01 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Thu, Sep 08 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Thu, Sep 15 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD

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