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.
Corie Hengst

Faculty Profile

Meet Corie Hengst

You don’t want to dress your messages up too formally–it’s a day in the office, not a night at the opera.

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Holley Cornetto

Faculty Profile

Meet Holley Cornetto

"As a human being, I'm a very anxious person.” Gotham teacher Holley Cornetto says.

“There's a lot of things that I'm afraid of and horror kind of gives me that safe space to confront my fears and to deal with and work through those emotions in a healthy way where I'm not actually putting myself in danger."

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I find that every Gotham Writers Workshop instructor has a unique lens on writing, which threads throughout the lectures, and feedback is always informative and insightful.

Ruth Cohen, consultant to non-profit organizations

Faculty Excerpts

We Are All Sleeping with Our Sneakers On

We Are All Sleeping with Our Sneakers On

Matthew Lippman
This is a poem from Matthew Lippman's latest collection. PARKING FOR DUNKIN DONUTS ONLY VIOLATORS WILL BE TOWEDYou sit in the Dunkin parking lot as you are want to do in solitude.You steal their internet the way the birds steal...
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Blood Mountain

Blood Mountain

James Preller
This is an excerpt from James Preller's middle-grade novel, Blood Mountain.Carter keeps fighting, keeps moving forward.Bog all around him.He longs for firm footing, a dry fire.Twilight drops down like a quivering leaf. The bugs gather in swarms. For the first...
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Faculty Articles

Robert Repino

The Essential Storytelling Device that Fuels Superman and The Matrix

Robert Repino
I am both proud and slightly horrified to say that my first published novel took over a year to write, and three long years to rewrite. And that’s not counting the failed book projects that preceded it over the previous...
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

On Revision

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
Writers have a love­/hate relationship with revi­sion. On the one hand, we hate it because we want our pieces to come out right the first time, and the drafting process is so much more fun, full of prom­ise and discovery,...