Creative Writing 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks

at Gotham Writers' Workshop - Online

Course Details
$334 14 seats left
Start Date:

Thu, Aug 13, 7:00pm - Sep 17, 10:00pm Eastern Time (6 sessions)

Purchase Options
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14
Teacher: Carter Edwards

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.

Course 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.

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.

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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.   


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.

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 (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time Carter Edwards 6 $334
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Thu, Aug 20 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time Carter Edwards
Thu, Aug 27 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time Carter Edwards
Thu, Sep 03 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time Carter Edwards
Thu, Sep 10 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time Carter Edwards
Thu, Sep 17 7:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time Carter Edwards

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Question from anonymous
Who teaches the Monday, Feb 3 class? Thanks.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! The instructor will be Sarah Moriarty. You may click on the Feb 3 class and click her name to get more information about her. Thank you!
Question from Ashley M.
Hello! I am interested in this class but will be out of town on one of the dates. Would I be able to attend another day to make up for it? Thanks
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Iamaurum! There is no problem to miss one day. The school do not offer make up sessions. You can try to get in touch with the teacher and get all the materials that were missed and you are always welcome to speak with the teacher before or after class begins and ask any questions you might have.
Question from Jose D.
In this six weeks course, does it have to be all in one payment?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Jose, thanks for your question. Yes, the payment must be paid in full upon booking this class. Hope this helps!
Question from Seth Q.
What's your make-up policy?
Answer from Seth Q. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
There's no way to make up the class. But you can certainly get in touch with the teacher and discuss what was missed and get the lecture information.
Question from Freya C.
What happens if I have to miss the first class?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Freya! The school isn't able to offer any makeup classes but students can certainly ask the teacher if there were any handouts for the class they missed.
Question from Dhivya V.
This is an online course, right?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi, this is a group class and the students will attend in a classroom setting.
Question from Joanne P.
I want to book the Sunday class. I just wanted to know is it okay if I miss one Sunday because I won’t be able to attend one Sunday??
Answer from Jenn C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Joanne! Gotham is an adult creative writing school, so they understand students sometimes have to miss class because of work or family obligations - missing one Sunday should be fine! However, please understand the school isn't able to offer any makeup classes but students can certainly ask the teacher if there were any handouts for the class they missed.
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Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop (721)

(721 Reviews)
Creative Writing 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks
Reviewed by Anonymous on 5/13/2020
This class was really fun and educational. I recommend for anyone who is interested in writing!
Creative Writing 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks
Reviewed by Daniel W. on 6/17/2019
I’m a new writer and really enjoyed this class. My instructor was Divya. Pros * Good syllabus structure. Divya focused on one element at a time — eg specificity, sensory detail, dialogue, etc: First a short lecture structure on the topic (w/ time for questions), then an example text, and finally in class practice with the option to share * Good progression of material. Toward the end of class we started combining the elements and tools into more complex assignments * Fun, engaging discussions where everyone participated. Divya did a good job inviting ideas and questions from everyone * Good homework. Not too much pressure but still some encouragement to try what you learn * Supportive interesting classmates. * Divya responded to our interests: we wanted to cover structure, dialogue and the business of writing and so she made time to cover these Cons * Only 6 weeks! I’ll probably take the 10 week one too. * Honestly I searched my brain for bad things... uh, it rained every class? It’s hard to find fault with it! It was a good value!
Creative Writing 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks
Reviewed by Anonymous on 11/15/2018
Good fun class. I thought instructor could have been more critical but gets you writing in a nice environment
Creative Writing 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks
Reviewed by Alannah D. on 9/23/2018
Learned a lot, very worth it!
Creative Writing 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks
Reviewed by Regina S. on 5/15/2018
I really like our teacher Alana Schubach. She gave us great pointers for all genre types of writing . It was a pleasure to be in the class and she gave lots of great advice and wonderful comments on our homework assignments.
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