Essay & Opinion Writing Level 1: 10 Week Workshop

at Gotham Writers' Workshop

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Course Details
Price:
$434 6 seats left
Start Date:

Tue, Aug 17, 12:00am - Oct 26, 11:45pm Eastern Time (2 sessions)

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Location:
Online Classroom
Important:
Includes $25 Reg Fee
Class accessible anytime within the session dates
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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

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 essay writing class:

Do you enjoy sharing your viewpoints? What do you think of, say, global warming or the latest water-cooler TV show or the forgotten value of handkerchiefs? No topic is too major or minor to warrant exploration. There are many places to air your views—magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs, books—and many forms to encapsulate them.

People will be eager to hear you out…if you know how to elucidate your thoughts better than the average loudmouth on the bus. Here you’ll learn about the leading forms of viewpoint writing—personal essay, lyric essay, op-eds, reviews, and others—as well as writing craft and how to market your work. Whatever you have to say, we’ll show you how to say it effectively and compellingly.

This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of essay/opinion writing craft and gets you writing an essay or opinion piece (or two). Course components:
  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)
Essay & Opinion I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

Essay & Opinion Writing I — Syllabus
  • Introduction to Essay & Opinion Writing: The different forms of essay and opinion writing—personal essays, reviews, op-eds, persuasive essays, exploratory essays, lyric essays.
  • Framing and Structure: Creative nonfiction structure—lede, nut graf, body, kicker. The basics of framing.
  • Purpose and Meaning: Your point (and you do have one). Finding an essay’s guiding principle. The role of theme in creative nonfiction.
  • Description: Putting the “creative” in creative nonfiction. Finding the right word. The art of selection.
  • Voice: Elements of voice. Role of voice in essay writing. Finding your writer’s voice.
  • Personal Essay: Blending the personal and universal. Using your experience to shed light on a larger subject.
  • Review Writing: Structure of reviews. Balancing honesty with mutual regard.
  • Op-Ed/Persuasive Essay: Logic in creative writing. The art of persuasion.
  • Reported/Exploratory/Lyric Essays: Reported—narrative nonfiction using style, dialogue, and description. Exploratory—essays that begin with a question. Lyric—nonfiction that experiments with rhythm, sound, and syntax.
  • Revision: The art of revision.
  • The Business: Finding the right market. Making your pitch.
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.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation 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 Coronavirus situations.   

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Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

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
You may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time, if you notify us before the class begins.


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 (3)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
12:00am - 11:45pm Eastern Time Erin Entrada Kelly 2 $434
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Oct 26 12:00am - 11:45pm Eastern Time Erin Entrada Kelly
12:00am - 11:45pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $434
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Nov 16 12:00am - 11:45pm Eastern Time TBD
12:00am - 11:45pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $434
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Dec 14 12:00am - 11:45pm Eastern Time TBD

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