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.
Sarah McColl

Faculty Profile

Meet Sarah McColl

“I don’t really remember a beginning to writing,” says Gotham Nonfiction and Article Writing teacher Sarah McColl. When she was young—aside from participating in the normal kid stuff like running around with her siblings, riding bikes, building forts, and watching fine television (programs like Hey Dude and Murder She Wrote)—Sarah also loved school. Sarah is the kind of person who can say simply “I’ve always really loved school,” and make it sound, well, cool.

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Lisa Kaufman

Faculty Profile

Meet Lisa Kaufman

In 2002, online Gotham teacher Lisa Kaufman was at the crossroads of an intercontinental romance.

She was a recent Columbia graduate writing a feature screenplay in LA. Her soon-to-be husband was a business owner in Tel Aviv. “We had been corresponding by email for six months,” she says, “and we were kind of like, what is this thing?”

“This thing” turned out to be the start of a new life for Lisa. Halfway across the world, in Israel.

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The teacher's instincts for why something does or does not work are sly and subtle and always right.

Maceo Marquez, project manager

Faculty Excerpts

<em>Bird Light</em>

Bird Light

Elizabeth Cohen
Last Bird of the Day It has to do with the way
 it flings, madly,

a shot punctuation mark. It has to do with the way it leaps branches and telephone wires 
to ride the air to an invisible height....
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<em>The Show House</em>

The Show House

Dan Lopez
You sharpen the knives. There are seven, an ambitious purchase made before you truly understood the way to work. You were naive, seduced by the allure of a better life through acquisition. The fluorescent light above your head flickers. That...
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Faculty Articles

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...
Alexander Steele

Tone in Business Writing

Alexander Steele
Whenever you put words together, a tone is sounded, much like a note of music carries a tone. So what exactly is tone? Tone conveys the writer’s attitude toward the audience, which often comes through whether you intend it or...