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The Best Classes For Creative Types In NYC

Whether it's writing a story, starting a podcast, or creating your own TV show, here are five classes that will help get your creative juices flowing. By Carly Petrone.

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Gotham Writers

555 8th Ave.
New York, NY

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Are you just itching to get your ideas down on paper? Gotham Writers offers classes (a few of them are even free) in everything from Fiction Writing to Scriptwriting. Those with a funny bone can learn how to structure their stand-up act, write a humorous memoir or essay, or create an engaging blog post. You can even brush up on your grammar and copy editing skills in one of their Essential Writing courses. The best part is that you can choose which type of writing experience will work for you. Choose between one-on-one or online classes, seminars, or intensive workshops. Take an online class tour to get a better feel for it or stop by their weekly Write-In! open house on Friday nights from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Learn more on their website.

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647 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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BRIC makes it easy to learn a ton of different media skills ranging from how to shoot a movie on your iPhone to creating a radio podcast. They have their own studio so you can get hands-on experience working both behind and in front of the camera. Students can create their own TV show, learn the basics of on-camera interviewing, and dive into video production. Most classes are less than $100 and a few won't cost you a penny. Got your own camera? Sign up for their Street Photography class and learn about on-the-fly composition techniques and how to capture engaging photos of people, buildings, and public spaces. See their entire course list here.

Actor's Connection
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Actor's Connection

630 Ninth Ave.
New York, NY 10036

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If you find yourself doing impressions around the house or you've been told that you've got a great voice, then sign up for a voiceover class at Actor's Connection. Professional voiceover actors and casting directors will lead you through a 3-week or 5-week course about animation and character development, commercial acting, accents, and audio book recording. You'll get to go inside the booth, record your take with instruction, and have it immediately reviewed by your classmates and teacher. Some classes also offer the option to show off your work in front of an agent during the last class. Whether you're available at night, during the day, or only on weekends, you'll be able to find something that fits your schedule. See the spring schedule here.

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1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028

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Whether you're a kid or an adult, you can sign up to take creative classes of all kinds through MetCreates at The Met! Learn how to create your own artwork at a studio workshop, drop in for a drawing class, or come in and watch an artist demonstration. You can even set up your own studio in the Met during their Copyist Program, which offers time and space for artists to develop an artwork through intimate study in the Museum's galleries. Kids ages 11-18 can stop into one of their monthly Saturday Sketching classes while the littlest artists can attend Sunday Studio, which gives parents time to try their hand at creating works of art right alongside their kids. Now that's a family-friendly activity to get excited about! For registration information and class rates, please see website or call the number above.

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Seventh Avenue at 27th St.
New York, NY 10001

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Attention fashionistas! Do you dream about being the next great fashion designer or do you have an eye for what's trending out on the streets? Sign up for a Summer Intensive course at F.I.T. and spend a few days learning about fashion styling, designing your own fabric, personal branding, or planning the perfect fashion event. There's even a one-day course called Advanced Networking: How To Get Exactly What You Want. Find out how to work with models, shop and prep merchandise, and how to analyze the human figure and face. Classes range from $35-$355 and the course catalog can be found here.

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Carly Petrone is the founder of Petrone on the Rocks, a lifestyle site about food, drinks, beauty, travel, and more. She lives in New York City.

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