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22 Best Creative Writing Classes in New York

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This directory of creative writing courses will help you find the right class for you. Simply filter by genre, price, and location to find the writing class that best fits your needs.

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Advanced Business Writing

Career Centers


In our Advanced Business Writing classes, you will learn how to prepare complex documents for any purpose. Learn outline and formatting techniques for different business documents, including schedules, proposals, project plans, and contracts. The Advanced course focuses on writing complex, multi-page business documents.

Prerequisites: Business writing proficiency equivalent to our Effective Business Writing course is required.

Location: New York

Categories: Business

Level: Advanced

Class size: Unlimited

Price: $325.00

Start date: December, 2023

Website: https://training-nyc.com/courses/advanced-business-writin...

Writing Desire

Brooklyn Poets


In this single-session, in-person workshop, we’ll study poems that lean into the discomfort and pleasure of desire. Through generative writing exercises, participants will channel their interests, obsessions, fixations or curiosity into drafts that register as active, immediate and reaching. At the end, we’ll share drafts and discoveries made during the exercises.

Prerequisites: A writing sample of 5 pages of poems is required.

Location: New York

Categories: Poetry

Level: Advanced

Class size: 10

Price: $95.00

Start date: November, 2023

Website: https://brooklynpoets.org/workshops/all/writing-desire/

Memoir Workshop

The Writers Studio


Using the tried and true Writers Studio method, we will closely examine the work of writers who have been able to turn their personal experiences into memoirs that are transcendentally universal. By focusing on craft, we will learn how to establish the narrative distance we need to connect to the emotional power of our experiences without being overwhelmed by it.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: New York

Categories: Memoir

Level: Any

Class size: Limited

Price: $435.00

Start date: October, 2023

Website: https://courses.writerstudio.com/courses/nyc-memoir-works...

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Sports Storytelling

The School of The New York Times


It’s no wonder that sports journalism is a dominant part of many media outlets. When it comes to good stories, sport has it all: the glory of winning, the agony of defeat, heroes, underdogs, human characters with their strengths and frailties. This course will teach students how to capture these sports stories in words, pictures and sounds.

Prerequisites: Open to rising 10-12 students.

Location: New York

Categories: Sports

Level: Beginner

Class size: Limited

Price: $5,975.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://nytedu.com/courses/pre-college/sports-storytelling/

15-Week Screenwriting Workshop

New York Film Academy


Our 15-Week Online Screenwriting courses offer instruction in specific areas of screenwriting, whether it be feature-length film scripts, television, or comic book writing, each of the courses is structured to deliver intensely focused and challenging lessons to help students improve their skills and develop projects of which they can be proud.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: New York

Categories: Screenplay

Level: Any

Class size: Limited

Price: $3,771.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://www.nyfa.edu/screenwriting-school/

Technical Writing Course

Learning Tree International


In this Technical Writing Course, you will learn how to plan, write and edit technical documents by identifying your target audience, selecting appropriate document formats, using valuable visuals and graphics, and successfully conveying complicated content to readers.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: New York

Categories: Technical

Level: Beginner

Class size: Limited

Price: $2,990.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://www.learningtree.com/courses/technical-writing-co...

Improv 101

Upright Citizens Brigade


Students will learn the fundamentals of improvisation including agreement, active listening, portraying characters, playing to the top of your intelligence, and group mind. In Improv 101, students will learn the fundamentals of improvisation.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: New York

Categories: Comedy

Level: Beginner

Course length: 8 sessions (3 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $500.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://ucbcomedy.com/courses/?eventtemplate=42-improv-10...

Travel Writing

Gotham Writers


Travel writing lets us traverse the world on page or screen, journeying everywhere from the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam to the brilliant-white beaches of Zanzibar. Here you will learn about the full spectrum of travel writing—articles, memoir, essay, blogs, guidebooks—as well as writing craft and how to market your work.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: New York

Categories: Travel

Level: Beginner

Course length: 10 sessions (3 hours)

Class size: 16

Price: $419.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://wp.writingclasses.com/courses/travel-writing/


To write great science fiction or fantasy, you must splice together the skills of a fiction writer with the ability to make the imaginary seem true. Here you will learn the special requirements of these genres, as well as fiction craft and how to market your work.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: New York

Categories: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Level: Beginner

Course length: 10 sessions (3 hours)

Class size: 16

Price: $419.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://wp.writingclasses.com/courses/science-fiction-fan...

Playwriting I

Gotham Writers


Nothing beats the intensity of actors sharing the same air as the audience. But a play will not soar in performance unless it’s great on the page. Here you’ll learn how to write for the stage and how to market your work. Whether you seek to write one-acts or full-lengths or musicals, we’ll show you how to write plays that draw the big applause.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: New York

Categories: Playwriting

Level: Beginner

Course length: 10 sessions (3 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $419.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://wp.writingclasses.com/courses/playwriting-i/

Memoir Writing I

Gotham Writers


Every life holds many tales. Whether your life is wildly unconventional or relatively normal, there’s bound to be something fascinating about it. To make readers care, your memoir must be told with the finesse of fiction. Here you’ll learn techniques for focusing your life stories, as well as well as writing craft and how to market your work.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: New York

Categories: Memoir, Nonfiction

Level: Beginner

Course length: 10 sessions (3 hours)

Class size: 12

Price: $419.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://wp.writingclasses.com/courses/memoir-writing-i/

Humor Writing

Gotham Writers


Humorous prose writing requires all the hallmarks of good writing plus that X factor: being funny. Here you will learn about the various types of prose humor, as well as comedic techniques and how to market your work.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: New York

Categories: Comedy, Short Story

Level: Beginner

Course length: 10 sessions (3 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $419.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://wp.writingclasses.com/courses/humor-writing/

So you’re looking for creative writing classes in New York

New York is a literary town. From the lauded Nobel Prize winners to the titanic authors that have emerged from New York City, there’s no denying its storied (pun intended) literary history, or the towering role that this city that never sleeps has played in shaping the landscape of our imagination. So there may be no better way to learn the craft of writing than by taking a creative writing class in New York.

This directory of the best writing courses in New York is meant to help you locate the right one for yourself.  We’ve included filters for price and genre so that you can quickly sort through the writing classes. And before you commit to any one writing class, consider the following questions:

  • Who is the instructor?
  • What is the price of the writing course?
  • How far away is the writing course in New York? Is there a remote alternative?
  • How long could the course last?

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