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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The instructor was organized, spirited, humble, involved, and knowledgeable.

Manav Sachdeva, student/poet

Faculty Excerpts

<em>The Removes</em>

The Removes

Tatjana Soli
Tom CusterMy Brother’s ObsessionHe took us out weeks too long, to the most barren desert prairie, drove us to the point that the bone-wracked horses fell over from exhaustion and lack of food. Far from considering this a loss we...
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<em>Pride, Prejudice, and Poison</em>

Pride, Prejudice, and Poison

Carole Bugge
Erin headed north, toward the North York Moors National Park. Clouds gathered over darkening hills, chased by the wind as it rolled over the fields. After pulling up at one of the trail head car parks, Erin struck out over...
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Faculty Articles

Melissa Petro

Four Steps to Publishing Articles and Essays

Melissa Petro
Having worked as a full-time freelance writer for just shy of a decade, I often find friends reach out to ask me how I do it, hoping that they, too, can get published.A part of me wants to take umbrage—after...
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Breaking the Dry Spell

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
I love the desert—the minimalist environment, how your eyes can stretch for miles, the hardly traveled roads that go on and on. But I didn’t want my writing life to resemble a desert, and lately it had felt as if...