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At Gotham, we believe that teaching is every bit as much of an art as writing, and we know through vast experience that the ability to teach creative writing is a unique and valuable skill. That's why all of our teachers are professional writers and professional teachers. They know what it means to work at the craft of writing - they've been in the trenches - and they are expert at conveying the larger concepts and nuances to students of writing. And, most importantly, they don't just talk about writing, they get you writing.

Faculty Focus By Britt Gambino

Gotham teacher Domenica Ruta credits her dog Zazy as part of the reason she became a writer.

The beagle/dachshund/terrier mix was rescued from living on the streets of Puerto Rico after making her way to a woodworker’s studio. “She was so traumatized, almost unadoptable,” Domenica says. “We’ve actually lived these crazy parallel lives—we’re made for each other. She’s stubborn and recalcitrant, just like me.”

A recovering alcoholic, Domenic also calls Zazy one of the best drunk decisions she’s ever made. “Even though I was really young and drunk and miserable,” she says, “I knew I had to take care of this creature.”

Domenica calls her sobriety the most impor...
MORE | ARCHIVE Read On Gotham teacher Nora Raleigh Baskin has just seen the release of her latest YA novel. Subway Love tells the story of two teenagers who fall in love after meeting in a New York City subway station. But this is not your average “boy-meets-girl” love story—while Jonas exists in the present day, Laura lives in 1973.

Take a sample ride through a chapter.

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Before you come into this world, while your body is floating safely inside the mother womb waiting to be born, your soul is introduced to its mate, your soul mate. This is your beshert. Before you are born, all knowledge of the universe is yours so that when you met this person on earth, you will be able to recognize them.  However, for most people, the trauma of their birth is so great it causes nearly all that understanding to be forgotten immediately, and babies come into the world knowing nothing, completely helpless and totally dependent. ...
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Recent News
Jacob M. Appel: Pressgang will release Jacob M. Appel's short story collection Einstein's Beach House on December 5.
Katherine Dykstra: The Washington Post published Katherine Dykstra's essay "My child is here, but my body is still not my own." 
Ryan Britt: Plume Books will release an essay collection by Ryan Britt in fall 2015. 
Thaïs Miller: Thaïs Miller talks about memorable first lines, emotionally compelling endings, and playing the violin at The Great American Brainstorm
Jessie Sholl: Salon published Jessie Sholl's essay "How police brutality changed me."
Chip Livingston: The Writer magazine published Chip Livingston's "Tending the Work," a profile of Native American author and activist Linda Hogan. 

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