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.
Rachel Simon

Faculty Profile

Meet Rachel Simon

“Pickleball became a big pandemic pastime.” That’s what Gotham teacher Rachel Simon found, anyways. For Rachel—the Deputy Editor of Hello Giggles and a freelance writer for publications including the New York Times, Glamour, and Vulture—writing is about finding the unexpected connections. “The first story I wrote in the pandemic, which was for the New York Times, was about pickleball.

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Teresa Wong

Faculty Profile

Meet Teresa Wong

“I didn’t pick up a pencil or anything until I had kids,” says Gotham teacher Teresa Wong. “No child is going to let you sit there and write for even twenty minutes. But drawing, kids can sit alongside you or they can watch you and be interested.”

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[The instructor] was informative and educational, yet fostered an atmosphere in the class that lead to creativity, open dialogue, and laughter.

Louis Bruno, Attorney

Faculty Excerpts

<em>Maggie Dove and the Lost Brides</em>

Maggie Dove and the Lost Brides

Susan Breen
Chapter 1Maggie Dove had never believed that a wedding was the happiest day of a woman’s life. Happiness, she thought, like grief, could not be scheduled. Her husband’s touch one long-ago night when they danced under a full moon. The...
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Flesh & Blood: Reflections on Infertility, Family, and Creating a Bountiful Life

Flesh & Blood: Reflections on Infertility, Family, and Creating a Bountiful Life

N. West Moss
Chapter 39: Wheeling into SurgeryA hysterectomy is a common enough operation, but this is my first surgery, and I am attuned to every detail. While some women may experience this as routine, I am like an explorer in a foreign...
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Faculty Articles

Josh Sippie

The Benefit of Humor in Fiction

Josh Sippie
For many, being a serious writer may mean writing deep, dark explorations of the human consciousness. No laughter need apply.The venerable Martin Amis, in his book Inside Story, blames this on “the intellectual glamour of gloom…the idea that sullen pessimism...
Robert Repino

Consequences in a Science Fiction or Fantasy Series

Robert Repino
Like most sentient creatures, I’m a fan of the John Wick movies. The magnetic anti-hero and the simple revenge plot have sustained my interest for three movies and counting. Somehow, the series has avoided the same mediocrity and self-parody that...