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.
Christine Reilly

Faculty Profile

Meet Christine Reilly

“I carry the compulsion to record every original thought that occurs to me,” says Gotham teacher Christine Reilly.

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Mike Dunphy

Faculty Profile

Meet Mike Dunphy

Here’s a good one:

How did the Cliff Notes-reading teen who chose his higher education destination based on a good-looking woman behind the table at a college fair transform into a professional writer?

The answer: He literally had to travel the world.


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Try to imagine the Lord of the Rings trilogy without Gandalf. That's what my life was like before I met my instructor.

Rois Beal, housewife

Faculty Excerpts

<i>100 Days of Cake</i>

100 Days of Cake

Shari Goldhagen
Day 12, Cherry Berry Bundt CakeIt’s been summer break for four hours, and Alex McDermott and I are already on our third Golden Girls rerun and our second container of house special lo mein. Sitting cross-legged on the counter at...
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<em>The Other One</em>

The Other One

Hasanthika Sirisena
When Anura first encountered the aquarium, emerald green patches of algae streaked its glass. The last TCN in charge of it had left a few days before and no one had yet been assigned to tank duty. Anura cleaned the...
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Faculty Articles

Melissa Petro

Writing My Way to Sobriety

Melissa Petro
They say a recovering alcoholic’s primary purpose is to stay sober and help another alcoholic. I’m in a unique position to do this every day since I teach memoir writing to adults at a continuing education writing school in New...
Margaret Meacham

Five Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Mistakes in Children’s Books

Margaret Meacham
Most writers I know, in fact, most people I know, think about writing a children’s book at some point in their careers. Sometimes they remember how much they loved books from childhood. Sometimes they see how books can open doors...