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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

When Gotham teacher Kody Keplinger declared that she wanted to be a writer, her mom was supportive but cautioned her to have a back-up plan. Kody chose acting as her more “realistic" goal. She never had to resort to it, however, because she wrote and sold her first young adult novel The DUFF at the age of seventeen.

So, how did she do it? Kody’s answer: “Research. Do your research.” She made a list of literary agents that she thought might be a good match for her book and started sending out query letters. The agent she acquired didn’t know Kody was seventeen until they spoke on the phone. “My mom had to cosign everything because I was underage,” says Kody. Once the book sold to Little, Brown, Kody’s mom had to...
MORE | ARCHIVE Read On Gotham teacher Shelly Oria has just seen the release of her short story collection New York 1, Tel Aviv 0. Oria’s stories are an in-depth study of relationships and their entanglements across space and time, and you can see the book trailer here. Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia, says, “In New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, Oria makes exquisite music out of the fragility of human relationships.”

Here’s an excerpt from the story “Documentation,” which chronicles a couple’s relationship through numbered kisses. Take a peek.

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"Documentation"

Kisses #1–3
 
I kiss you for the first time, and it starts to rain. You tell me it’s a sign of something, maybe good luck. We don’t have an umbrella, so we just stand there kissing, getting wet, and I think about what you said. The idea that...
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Recent News
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. 
Carole Bugge: Carole Bugge is a semi-finalist for the 2014 Gilchrist Prize in Short Fiction, awarded by China Grove Literary Magazine. She is also Featured Poet for Issue #3.
Katherine Taylor:

 Katherine Taylor's second novel Valley Fever , set in California wine country, comes out next year via Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Katherine Dykstra: Katherine Dykstra's essay "Follow The Wind" appears in Shenandoah magazine's Noir Issue
Jane Ratcliffe: Literary Orphans published Jane Ratcliffe's short story "Keep the Faith." 

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