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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 Laura Yeager knows all about the art of restarting. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, Laura stopped writing altogether. “I didn’t write for two years,” she says. “I didn’t pick up a pen, I didn’t sit at my computer. I had no ideas, no impulse whatsoever. My brain just shut off.”

Laura first endured chemotherapy, then surgery, and finally radiation. She could time-stamp the last phase of her treatment by the first ten minutes of Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show, since Laura always had radiation at the same time daily.

“My cancer experience was like an assembly line,” she explains. “They do all this stuff to you, work on your body—it’s like a get-well machine....
MORE | ARCHIVE Read On Gotham teacher Shari Goldhagen recently saw the release of her novel In Some Other World, Maybe. We follow three separate groups of kids in different parts of the country in what Library Journal calls “a pitch-perfect narrative…From New York to Macau, these braided histories are imparted via witty, engaging prose peppered with almost unbearable poignancy..”

Here’s a glimpse of one of those kids:

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Adam Zoellner has 266 days left.
 
The first day of kindergarten at Coral Cove Elementary, Adam shoved Sean Dooley into a wall of cubbies when Sean called him a bastard. He wasn’t entirely clear of the word’s meaning; he just knew his grandfather sometimes used it when arguing with his mother after everyone thought he was asleep, knew it was somehow a slam on his mom. Sean pushed back, and Adam’s nose smashed into oatmeal-colored concrete—blood droplets splashin...
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Recent News
Ashley Shelby: Ashley Shelby's short story "Pull A Titus" was named a finalist for the Lascaux Prize and published in its anthology. 
Melissa Petro: After Party Chat published Melissa Petro's essay "How I Learned To Set Boundaries." 
Lev AC Rosen: Lev AC Rosen's noir novel  Depth will be released in April by Regan Arts
BC Edwards: The New York Foundation for the Arts has awarded BC Edwards a 2014 Artists' Fellowship in Poetry. 
Bill Gullo: Third Wing Media has released the first full season of the web series Coupleswritten and created by Bill Gullo. 
Kerry Cohen: Psychology Today published Kerry Cohen's essay "Sex Just Keeps Getting Better: My Mother's Story About Sex Over 60." 

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