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"I was able to learn a lot of different things that are not offered at my high school, screenwriting in particular. The lectures were informative and the instructor was really good at keeping things interesting."
- Stephanie H.
"Not only were the assignments fun, but I also learned a TON from them! The best part about it was when my teacher gave me comments and hints on how my writing could be better. Those comments really helped me when I wrote anything else."
- Laura M.
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Unbound: Creative Writing Faculty
Ryan Bartelmay is the author of the novel Onward Toward What We're Going Toward (Ig Publishing, 2013). He has published work in Boulevard, Phoebe, Greensboro Review, Sycamore Review, and The Believer, and he won Boulevard's Emerging Writer's Award. He served as the fiction co-editor and managing editor at Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art and has taught at Columbia University and Kendall College. He holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of the middle grade novels What Every Girl (except me) Knows, Almost Home (Little, Brown and Company), Basketball (or Something Like It), In the Company of Crazies (HarperCollins), and The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah and Runt (Simon & Schuster), as well as the YA novels Subway Love, Surfacing, All We Know Of Love (Candlewick), Anything But Typical, and The Summer Before Boys (Simon & Schuster). She has also published short stories and personal essays in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and The Writer. She has taught at the Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY. She holds a BA from SUNY Purchase.
Also Teaches:  Children's Book Writing  
Carole Bugge is the author of the novels The Star of India, (re-released by Titan Press), The Haunting of Torre Abbey (St. Martin's Press), as well as Who Killed Blanche Dubois?, Who Killed Dorian Gray?, Who Killed Mona Lisa? (all with Berkely Prime Crime for the Claire Rawlings mystery series), and, under the pen name C.E. Lawrence, Silent Screams, Silent VictimSilent Kills, and Silent Slaughter (a thriller series from Kensington Publishing). Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies from St. Martin’s Press, Doubleday, and the Mystery Writers of America. Her plays and musicals have been presented regionally and in New York City. She has taught at NYU, Duke University, the Royal Court Repertory Theatre, and the American Comedy Institute. Carole holds a BA from Duke University. 
  Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Fiction Writing   Mystery Writing  
Kelly Caldwell has written for New York Newsday, House Beautiful, Time Out New York, The Writer, The Huffington Post,  and others. One of her essays was named a Notable Essay by the editors of the Best American Essays series and anthologized in If These Walls Could Talk: Thoughts of Home. She is also the associate dean of faculty at Gotham Writers' Workshop.  She holds a BJ from the University of Missouri and an MS from Columbia University. Also Teaches:  Article Writing   Essay and Opinion   Memoir Writing  
Matthew Cody is the author of the middle grade novels Powerless and The Dead Gentleman (both Knopf), and he has published pieces in McSweeney’s and Opium Magazine. He has taught at Laguardia Community College. He holds a BFA from Webster University and an MFA in Theater from the University of Alabama.
Shari Goldhagen is the author of the novel Family and Other Accidents (Random House). She has published fiction in Indiana Review, Prism International, Beacon Street Review, and Wascana Review, and she has published articles in theNational Enquirer, Complete Woman, teenStyle, Ohioana, and Restaurants and Institutions. She has taught at Ohio State University. She holds a BSJ from Northwestern University and an MFA in Fiction from Ohio State University. Also Teaches:  Fiction Writing   Novel Writing  
Tamara Guirado has published fiction in StoryQuartlerly, Best New American Voices, Rainbow Curve, Comet Magazine, and 580 Split. She has taught at Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She holds a BS from Southern Oregon State University and an MFA from Mills College, and she was a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellow at Stanford University. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Pamela Harris has written for the Oxygen network and has created sitcoms for various production companies, including Howard Stern Productions. Most of her feature length screenplays have been optioned and one is currently being packaged. She has worked as a writer, editor and story editor for authors, publishers and production companies. She is also an award-winning visual artist and has shown her art all over the U.S. She holds a BFA. from the Hartford Art School. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   TV Writing  
Pete Jensen 
has developed original TV series for diverse production companies and he wrote the feature screenplay Derwin's Shadow, which won a development grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He wrote and directed the award-winning short film "Charlie Primitive," which screened at over twenty festivals across the U.S. and Europe. His prose has been published in such literary magazines as Swink. He holds an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from Columbia University.
Also Teaches:  Character Development   Dialogue Writing   TV Writing   Write It Right!   Write-In  
Colleen Kinder s the author of the guidebook Delaying the Real World (Running Press), and she co-edited the essay anthology Confessions of a High School Nerd (Penguin). Her essay "Blot Out" was included in the Best American Travel Writing, and her articles and essays have been published in the New York TimesNational GeographicSalonCreative Nonfiction, the New RepublicTransitions Abroad, Ms., Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Quarterly WestNinth LetterA Public Space, and Prairie Schooner.  She also contributed to the anthologies A Woman's World Again (Traveler's Tales) and 20-Something Essays by 20-Something Writers (Random House). She has taught at the University of Iowa. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa.
Stacy Parker Le Melle is the workshop director for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, and served as an administrator and teaching artist for InsideOut Literary Arts Project, and as a teaching artist for Writers in the Schools. She served as special assistant to the Governor of the State of New York, as special assistant to the counselor to the President in the White House, and as a presidential advance person for international and domestic travel. She has also worked as a writer and researcher for Columbia University’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs. She is the author of the memoir Government Girl  (Ecco/HarperCollins) and is the creator of The Katrina Experience, an oral history project. She has published nonfiction and commentary in Apogee Journal, Salon, and The Huffington Post. She holds a BA in Political Communication from The George Washington University.
Also Teaches:  Business Writing  
Michael Leviton is the author of the children's picture book My First Ghost (Hyperion). He has published numerous illustrated paperbacks for Scholastic's READ 180 Literacy Program, and has worked as a celebrity picture book ghostwriter at HarperCollins, and as a screenwriter at RKO Pictures. He guest-lectures at the Parsons Pre-College Academy. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University. Also Teaches:  Children's Book Writing   Creative Writing 101   Take Away  
Jim Mendrinos wrote, directed and starred in the web series Living in Exile (New Media Comedy), and he is the creator of the sitcoms MAX, King's Castle, The Yuk Hut (optioned by f/x, WB, Fox), and creator/writer for Comedy USA TV (developed by Sony Pictures). He has written numerous screenplays and appears nationwide as a stand-up comic. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing (Alpha). He holds a BA from Baruch College. Also Teaches:  Online Video   Take Away   TV Writing  
Sarah Norris is the arts editor for The Villager and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Village Voice, and TimeOutNY, among others. She holds a BFA from NYU and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence.
Stacy Pershall is the author of the memoir Loud in the House of Myself (W.W. Norton), selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program, and her work is included in the anthology Lost and Found (W.W. Norton).  She has taught at Writopia, Pratt Manhattan, and City College of New York. She holds a BA from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in Performance Art from the University of Cincinnati.  Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Memoir Writing   Take Away   Write It Right!  
Melissa Petro has published nonfiction in New York Magazine, Poets & Writers, Salon, Daily Beast, Narratively, Jezebel, xoJane, Frisky, The Fix, and Rumpus. She is the editor of two anthologies: Pros(e): Writings by Individuals with Experiences in the Sex Industries and Corner Stories: Writings by the Washington Heights CORNER Project Community. She holds a BA from Antioch, an MS in Education from Fordham, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the New School.  Also Teaches:  Essay and Opinion   Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonfiction   Memoir Writing   Personal Essay Writing   Prompt-a-thon   Write-In  
Jane Ratcliffe is the author of the novel, The Free Fall (Henry Holt), and co-author of the nonfiction books One Can Make a Difference (Adams Media) and Totally Vegetarian (De Capo). She has written fiction and nonfiction for Guernica, New England Review, Tricycle, The Sun, Vogue, Interview, VH1, the Detroit News, and is included in the anthology Lost and Found: Stories From New York. She has taught at the New School, Rutgers,and Washtenaw Community College. She holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University.
Lisa Reardon is the author of the novels The Mercy Killers (Counterpoint Press), Blameless (Random House), and Billy Dead (Viking), which was named one of 20 Top First Novels by Booklist. She has also written numerous plays which have been produced throughout the country. She has taught at the Circle Repertory School, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Division of Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale. Also Teaches:  Fiction Writing   Novel Writing  
Brandi Reissenweber has published fiction in North Dakota Quarterly, Aspects, and Rattapallax, and she authored the chapter on Character in Writing Fiction (Bloomsbury USA), part of GWW's series of writing guides. She served as an assistant editor with Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All Story and as an editor at Washington Square. She has taught at NYU, St. John's University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, SafeSpace, New York Hospital, and Il Chiostro in Italy. She holds a BA from Purdue University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from NYU. Also Teaches:  Reading Fiction  
Martha Schulman has published fiction and nonfiction in the The Seattle Review, The Beacon Street Review, Gulf Stream, Jewish Currents, The Kings English and the 2003 Bridport Prize Anthology. She also reviews nonfiction for Publishers Weekly. She has taught at Columbia University and is a writing tutor and humanities instructor at The Cooper Union. She holds an AB from the University of Chicago, an MAT from Brown University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Beth Schwartzapfel has written articles for The New York Times, the American Prospect, the Nation, and Ms. And has served as a fact-checker for Esquire. She has taught at Brooklyn College and La Guardia Community College. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.
Maya Sloan is the author of the novel High Before Homeroom (Simon & Schuster) and ghostwriter of the memoir Redefining Diva (Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing). She has published fiction in Boulevard, Passages North, and Driftwood. She has taught at Boston University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Massachusetts. She holds a BFA from Boston University and MFAs in Creative Writing from Boston University and the University of Arkansas.
Alexander Steele is the president at Gotham Writers' Workshop. He is the editor of Writing Fiction, Fiction Gallery, and Writing Movies (all Bloomsbury USA). He is the author of numerous children's books, including titles in the Wishbone series (Lyrick Publishing) and the Hardy Boys series (Pocket Books). His plays include One Glorious Afternoon, Lightning and Frenzy, and King of Ragtime, and he scripted the documentary World War II: It Happened in Color. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University. Also Teaches:  Article Writing   Business Writing   Character Development   Screenwriting   TV Writing  
Emily Taylor has published fiction in Inkwell, Crate, Baltimore Review, Green Mountains Review, Lost, and Hobart, and she served as the prose editor for LIT. She holds a BA from Colgate and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Fiction Writing  
Cullen Thomas is the author of the memoir Brother One Cell (Viking). His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Salon, World Hum, Current Biography, and Penthouse. He holds a BA from Binghamton University. Also Teaches:  Memoir Writing   Personal Essay Writing   True Story: Creative Nonfiction  
David Yoo is the author of the YA novels Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before (Hyperion) and Girls for Breakfast (Delacorte), the middle grade novel The Detention Club (Balzer + Bray), and the essay collection The Choke Artist (Grand Central). He has published fiction and nonfiction in Massachusetts Review, Rush Hour, Maryland Review, and the anthology Guys Write for Guys Read (Viking). He has taught at Pine Manor College and CU-Boulder. He holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Also Teaches:  Fiction Writing   Humor Writing  

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