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.
Matthew Lippman

Faculty Profile

Meet Matthew Lippman

“Poetry is about sustaining a piece of my existence in the world. It’s about survival,” says Gotham teacher Matthew Lippman. “I do it like I do anything else in my day. It calms me down. It’s like prayer and making a sandwich at the same time.”

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Shari Goldhagen

Faculty Profile

Meet Shari Goldhagen

There is a trick to returning to one’s writing-in-progress that Gotham instructor Shari Goldhagen shares with her students: “Give yourself an hour a day—or two or four, whatever you can do—but don’t exceed that. If you do, you’ll be exhausted from it. You want to be excited.”

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The teacher was kind but thorough. She would ask why a character would say or do something, or point out that the dialogue was good, but there was too much of it, or a scene needed to be grounded so the reader would know where it was, what it looked like, etc. And she would ask "how did you feel about that?" I learned a tremendous amount from this.

Joanne Lupton, distinguished professor, emerita

Faculty Excerpts

<em>When Women Invented Television</em>

When Women Invented Television

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Gertrude Berg entered a room like the prow of a ship, commanding attention to match her ambition. She wasn’t arrogant; she just carried her accomplishments with her. She dressed her matronly figure in dark, dignified dresses and furs that showed...
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<em>To Be Honest</em>

To Be Honest

Michael Leviton
On my first day, I hadn’t even settled into my freestanding cubicle outside Charlie’s office before he told me about a problem. A ghostwriter he represented who wrote best-selling thriller novels under another famous writer’s name wanted to sell a...
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Faculty Articles

Josh Sippie

The Snapshot Theory

Josh Sippie
Many writers have heard Ernest Hemingway’s “Iceberg Theory” of writing from Death in the Afternoon. It goes like this: If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and...
Josh Sippie

A Surefire Technique for Finding Your Voice

Josh Sippie
No matter what stage in the writing process you’re at, it’s hard to describe what your own writing voice is. From beginners to experts. It’s an abstract concept. Like, what makes your favorite pizza unique? Great question. Because you may...