Meet our talented family of teachers—each an accomplished writer and trustworthy guide. Leaf through our faculty bios, profiles, book excerpts, and writing advice articles. You’ll like the people you meet.
Dan Lopez

Faculty Profile

Meet Dan Lopez

For Gotham teacher, Dan Lopez, sailing is kind of like writing. “I like the angles. I like the precision. It doesn’t allow for a lot of gray area,” he says and then adds, “At the same time it allows you to do a lot of wandering and a lot of introspection.”

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Beth Livermore

Faculty Profile

Meet Beth Livermore

As a child, Beth Livermore used to collect greeting cards in a scrapbook—any card that had poetry or a clever turn of phrase or a deep moment. She loved language that much.

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Our teacher's refreshing approach was optimistic, full of wisdom yet without the pressure I'd expect from a gifted writer.

Jayen Julian, medical research technician

Faculty Excerpts

<em>River Runs Red</em>

River Runs Red

Scott Alexander Hess
Belasco SnopesThere are hundreds of intricate and binding seaman's knots. The square, the lark's head, the clove hitch, the cat's paw. The bowline was my first knot as a boy, and is most like a noose. Make a small loop,...
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<em>The House of Erzulie</em>

The House of Erzulie

Kirsten Imani Kasai
The private diary of Isidore Saint-Ange, New Orleans, 1852Tomorrow, we take part in the Société de Magnétisme et Hypnotisme event at Mme. Laveau’s house in the French Quarter, where time once deserted me as I lay enraptured in the arms...
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Faculty Articles

Josh Sippie

A Writer’s Online Presence

Josh Sippie
Most writers are, by nature, a reclusive bunch. They sit at their computer, their typewriter, their notepad, and they scribble away at their own version of brilliance. The phone rings, they ignore it. The sun rises and sets, they don’t...
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

A Candid Talk About Agents

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
Authors Guild member Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, a California-based writer, writing teacher and host of a weekly radio program, Writers on Writing, rounded up three successful authors and two literary agents to trade advice on one of the biggest challenges in an...