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.
Alanna Schubach

Faculty Profile

Meet Alanna Schubach

“I think most writers have this inner critical voice,” Alanna says and as a teacher, she advises her students on ways to “make it shut up.” She’s found that this negative voice usually comes from a fear of failing. “I think once you get to the root, that you’re scared, it’s easier to push through.”

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Richard Caliban

Faculty Profile

Meet Richard Caliban

Before Gotham teacher Richard Caliban was known as the Obie Award-winning, prolific director of the Cucaracha Theatre, he was pretty much a “hippie.”

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I'm 63, and with teachers of this caliber I could look forward to a lifetime of learning wherever I reside.

Marc Kouffman, student

Faculty Excerpts

<em>The Magician's Key, </em>Book Two of <em>The Secrets of the Pied Piper</em>

The Magician's Key, Book Two of The Secrets of the Pied Piper

Matthew Cody
The crow paced back and forth across Vodnik’s desk, using stacks of paper as stepping-stones. Vodnik watched as it stumbled over a stapler, sending pens rolling off the edge. Yet the filthy bird strutted around like a little monarch, careless...
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<em>Love Is No Small Thing</em>

Love Is No Small Thing

Meghan Kenny
Man Is The Measure Of All Things The Vandermies invited Russell to their house for dinner. He drove on a dirt road that wound through the base of mountains that looked so smooth of sand they might slide down like...
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Faculty Articles

Michaela Roessner

Advanced Degrees in Writing Genre Fiction

Michaela Roessner
In the Science Fiction & Fantasy courses I teach here at Gotham, I’ve experienced something I’m sure other genre faculty have too: Students mentioning in their bios that they have advanced degrees in Literature, English, or Creative Writing. I always...
Robert Repino

The Value of Both Showing and Telling

Robert Repino
“Show, don’t tell” is perhaps the most effective piece of advice a writer can follow—until it isn’t. (By “showing,” we typically mean action, sensory descriptions, and dialogue, usually. By “telling,” we mean exposition, summarization, and explanation—i.e. why someone is doing...