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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 Clifford Thompson didn’t start listening to jazz until his late 20s, but it’s now the lens through which he views writing and most other art forms.

Case in point: A long admirer of Hemingway, Clifford says jazz gave him another way to appreciate the writer. “Hemingway wrote in a way that he would put everything in a story except the story,” he says. “It’s all suggestive, all subtext. Jazz musicians would do this as well—they would put a different spin on a melody.” For example, the great jazz artist, Lester Young, would perform his own version of a pop song, but instead of hitting all the notes in a chord, he would, as Clifford says, “glide above them.”
 
Clifford’s book...
MORE | ARCHIVE Read On Gotham teacher Paul Witcover recently saw the release of The Watchman of Eternity, the anticipated sequel to his previous book The Emperor of All Things. In this next installment, we return to the world of Daniel Quare and the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers as he sets out to find a deadly timepiece—a watch with a taste for blood. But a French spy/assassin is out to sabotage Quare’s mission.

Steal a peek at this excerpt.

"Needful Things"
 
Aylesford opened his eyes in a soft, dry bed, in a room warmed by a peaty fire. He lay without moving for a while, half asleep, remembering like the drowsy ebbing of a dream how he’d cast himself into the storm-racked sea, trusting in the power of the relic, or rather the god within the relic, to bring him safely to shore. That act of faith had been rewarded, it appeared, yet he had no memory of how he had come to be here . . . or where, for that matter, ...
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