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"The instructor was one of the most articulate teachers I've had on any subject. She was also perceptive and highly intuitive. She was able to illuminate strengths and weaknesses in my writing with precision. She obviously cares about writing and about giving others the tools that will enable them to experience the rewards of writing something well."
- Lisa M. Maranto
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"This was one of the most impressive instructors I've ever had (either as an undergrad at Sarah Lawrence, a grad student at Harvard, a med student at Einstein, or a psych resident at NYU). He's very knowledgeable, approachable, encouraging, enthusiastic, and his lectures in and of themselves could constitute a textbook in the vein of Robert McKee's Story or Lajos Egri's Principles of Dramatic Writing."
- David Salvage
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"The instructor was amazing. She was always positive, insightful, encouraging, and tremendously knowledgeable. She pushed us to do more than we believed we could and gave us the benefit of both the breadth and the depth of her knowledge, understanding, and experience of the craft."
- Anne Woods
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"The instructor is that rare person who has proven herself a success in her field, and is also able to convey her understanding of the material in a clear, easy-to-follow fashion that promotes a healthy dialogue and understanding among her students."
- Louisa Edwards
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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

If Gotham teacher Paul Witcover were to choose a profession other than writer, he would want to be a psychoanalyst. “I’m a nosey bastard,” he says. “But every writer has to be nosey to a degree.”

Even nosey about alternate worlds.

A successful science fiction and fantasy writer, Paul’s most recent book, The Emperor of All Things, takes readers through an alternate history around the time of the Seven Years’ War in London. The fantastical ride picks up speed when protagonist Daniel Quare, a journeyman clockmaker, discovers a rare timepiece that is rumored to possess impossible qualities.

Science fiction and fantasy had a strong impact on Paul from an early age. He grew up reading comic books and...
MORE | ARCHIVE Read On Gotham teacher Edan Lepucki recently released her novel California, which has received the kind of publicity a writer can only dream about. Stephen Colbert championed the book on his show as he took sides with book’s publisher in their dispute against Amazon, which led to all kinds of press for Edan, including this article in the New York Times. None of this should overshadow how gripping a novel it is—the story of a couple fighting to save their marriage in a post-apocalyptic world.
 
Here’s a peek at the opening:
 
 
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On the map, their destination had been a stretch of green, as if they would be living on a golf course. No freeways nearby, o...
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Edan Lepucki: Edan Lepucki and novelist Bill Morris, who both recently published novels, compare notes about abadoned drafts, multiple revisions, and burning through agents in a conversation about publishing at The Millions
Edan Lepucki: Edan Lepucki's essay "Taking Marriage One Year At A Time" appeared in the New York Times' Modern Love column. 
Edan Lepucki: Edan Lepucki's novel California debuted on the New York Times Best-Sellers list for Hardcover Fiction, at No. 3
Chip Livingston: River, Blood & Corn published Chip Livingston's poems "Punta del Este Pantoum" and "How Is It?" 
Shelly Oria: The Paris Review published Shelly Oria's short story "My Wife, In Converse."
Scott Cheshire: Harper's magazine published Scott Cheshire's essay "God Lives On Lemon Street." 

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