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Gotham Writers’ Workshop

Gotham Writers’ Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop is the United States’s largest adult-education writing school. [1] It was founded in New York City in 1993 by writers Jeff Fligelman and David Grae. It was one of the first schools to offer online education, launching its online creative writing classes in 1997. [2]

The workshop offers most of the genres including fiction and novel writing, screenwriting and television, poetry, and several forms of creative nonfiction, including essay writing and memoir. [3]

It also runs fiction and screenwriting classes in partnership with Zoetrope: All Story , the literary magazine founded by Francis Coppola Ford and Adrienne Brodeur and edited by Michael Ray. [4]

Gotham Writers Workshop has produced three books, edited by school President Alexander Steele: Writing Fiction , Fiction Gallery , and Writing Movies . They’ve been translated and published in several languages.

The workshop also publishes a monthly newsletter with articles written by its faculty and others.


Gotham faculty are all working writers, published in their fields and experienced teachers. Recent faculty include: Novelist Susan Breen, [5] playwright Richard Caliban, memoirist and novelist Kerry Cohen , novelist and form Random House senior editor Anita Diggs , longtime New York Times editor and author Francis Flaherty, travel writer and novelist James Bernard Frost , television writer Kellye Garrett, novelist Shari Goldhagen , fiction writer Manuel Gonzales , screenwriter Doug Katz, young-adult novelist Kody Keplinger , Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Jennifer Lee , science fiction novelistDaniel Marcus , TV writer and comedian Jim Mendrinos , short-story writer Kyle Minor , memoirist Julie Powell , science fiction writer Michaela Roessner , memoirist Domenica Ruta , fiction writer Hasanthika Sirisena, [6] journalist Steven James Snyder, [7] TV writer ( and train supervising producer of Bones ) Laura Wolner, fiction writer and humorist David Yoo , and radio show host and author, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett .

Student body

Students who began work on successful projects at Gotham include memoirist Annette Berkovits, ( In The Unlikeliest Of Places , Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014); essayist Chloe Caldwell ( Legs Get Astray Led , Future Tense Books, 2012 and Women , Future Tense Books, 2015); middle-grade novelist Josh Farrar, ( Rules to Rock By and A Song For Jewel , both Bloomsbury USA, 2013 and 2014, respectively); TV Writer Wendy Riss; fiction writer Chris Tarry, ( How To Carry Bigfoot Home , forthcoming by Red Hen Press); and screenwriter Kelly Winsa, ( Hi Honey , 2012). [8]


  1. Jump up^ New York Press, April 15, 2003
  2. Jump up^ Byles, Jeff. The Write StuffThe Village Voice, August 05, 2003
  3. Jump up^ “Gotham Writers’ Workshop – Creative Writing Classes in NY and Online” . writingclasses.com . Retrieved 2014-06-01 .
  4. Jump up^ Zoetrope: All-Story
  5. Jump up^ “Susan Breen – The Fiction Class” . thefictionclass.com . Retrieved 2014-06-01 .
  6. Jump up^ “Hasanthika Sirisena Faculty Biographies at Gotham Writers’ Workshop and WritingClasses.com” . writingclasses.com . Retrieved 2014-06-01 .
  7. Jump up^ “Steven James Snyder | TIME.com” . newsfeed.time.com . Retrieved 2014-06-01 .
  8. Jump up^ Letters To Gotham