Hello Marissa, thanks for responding. I think that you are reading something in my question that I did not intend. I do not expect anything miraculous to happen as a result of my taking courses. However, I do expect to acquire additional knowledge in various areas of my writing. I feel that the more I learn about my craft, the better my chances will be for having a literary agent look at my work with favor and hopefully acceptance. I know that there is so much more that I can learn that will help me to become a published author via the traditional route. My main question is: Does anyone know anything about Gotham's credibility? I was wondering if anyone had taken or is taking courses from them and could share his or her experience--good or bad--hopefully good.