On September 23, 1stBooks is launching its inaugural online writing class! We've partnered with Gotham Writers Workshop, the preeminent writing school in the USA, to bring to our writers the finest online program available.

1stBooks recently sat down with the President of GWW, Andre Becker, to talk about our exciting alliance:

1stBooks: We're thrilled to be partnering with you to offer Online Writing Classes to 1stBooks writers! Can you tell us a little bit about the acclaimed "Gotham Method" of teaching writing?

In teaching creative writing to more than 20,000 students over the past decade, we've developed a method of teaching that is characterized by three qualities:

  • We teach craft, focusing on such fundamentals as plot, structure, character, voice, dialogue, description, and point of view.
  • Our teachers are all professional writers and exceptional instructors.
  • Our workshops encourage extensive interaction between students and with the instructor.

1stBooks: What are the advantages to taking a writing course online?

In responding to surveys, our students tell us that they see many advantages to taking a writing course online:

"There was a depth of sharing and trust that seldom occurs in life. I think the online format helped in this—we were forced to relate purely through the written word. What could be better for writers?"

"Taking an online class was absolutely perfect for me. Fitting a student's life into family routine isn't always easy, but through the wonders of the Internet, I could log on whenever I had time. Contrary to my first belief, an online course can be a highly personal experience."

Of the many advantages to taking a writing class online, our students most frequently comment on the convenience of being able to participate from home, work, or anywhere they have access to the Internet. They enjoy the fact that they don't have to waste time commuting and like the ability to participate in a class at a time that meets their schedule.

1stBooks: Gotham has trained so many writers, thousands in fact. What is the secret to this success?

We believe that our success is due to our commitment to providing every student with the best creative writing class possible. To accomplish this we keep class size small, we review each and every student evaluation, we hire experienced writers who are also great teachers, and we continually refine our approach and materials.

1stBooks: What do you hope will come of our partnership?

Over the past decade, we've seen how writers of every level of experience—from novice to published pro—can benefit from participating in a writing workshop and being a part of a community of writers. We hope our partnership will offer the many talented writers at 1stBooks the training they need and want to become the best writers possible!

To Learn More About Our Online Writing Class, log onto:


or call Bruce Bunner or Tom Dusard at 888/519-5121

Our Inaugural Class, FICTION FUNDAMENTALS, begins on September 23, 2003!

Those who register before September 16th will receive a tuition discount.


In less than a decade, Gotham Writers' Workshop has grown to become the leading creative writing school in New York City and online due to our commitment to provide our students with the best creative writing classes possible. Teaching creative writing is all that we do. It is our passion.

We Teach Craft
We focus on teaching you the fundamental principles such as plot, structure, character, voice, dialogue, description, and point of view. Each course includes lectures, writing exercises, and in-depth critiques of your writing.

Outstanding Instructors
All WritingClasses.com courses are taught by experienced instructors from the Gotham Writers' Workshop faculty. They are professionals dedicated to teaching and writing, and they are prepared to take you from initial idea to completed draft while teaching you the craft of your chosen form.

Small Class Size
Unlike other online workshops that may have 30, 40, 50 or even 100 participants, we strictly limit each class to 18 or fewer students to ensure that you receive personal attention and rigorous feedback from your instructor.

Extensive Interaction
Our classes are not just e-mail forums in which students periodically send work back and forth. Our courses are interactive workshops with extensive communication between students and instructors, recreating the inspiring experience of our traditional live writing workshops.

Our classes fit into your schedule. From any location around the world, you can log on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to read lectures, post comments, participate in class discussions, and submit your writing for critique.

User Friendly Technology
Our online format is easy to use. No special software is required, and you do not need to be an experienced Internet user in order to get the most out of the course. If you do run into problems, online support is always available to answer your questions.

A Community of Writers
Attracting students from across the country and around the world, our online classes bring together people who share a passion for writing and a desire to master their craft.