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.
Vanessa King

Faculty Profile

Meet Vanessa King

“Listening to people is my favorite thing to do,” says Gotham Screenwriting and TV Writing teacher Vanessa King.

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David LaBarca

Faculty Profile

Meet David LaBarca

It’s hard to imagine that someone as sidesplittingly funny as Stand-Up Comedy Writing teacher David LaBarca is an “extremely shy” person.

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The teacher is clearly passionate and dedicated to the subject matter. Her years of experience provided insights I could not have gained elsewhere.

Jackie Gibbs, social worker

Faculty Excerpts

Quizzleboon

Quizzleboon

John Oliver Hodges
Dirt was clean, they said, and soap was banned, as were tampons and aspirins. Their pants were dirty if they wore them, and Leon saw dirt down in their ear holes even. Were lotions banned? Yes, and cleaning products, razors...
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<em>The Truth of Right Now</em>

The Truth of Right Now

Kara Lee Corthron
Excerpt from chapter 2:Dariomauritius Raphael Gray is bored as fuck. High school sucks. He hates it. He hates anything that is a waste of his time. This is supposed to be AP History and he already knows half of this...
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Faculty Articles

Susan Breen

12 Techniques for Getting Un-stuck

Susan Breen
You started your manuscript with such enthusiasm. You wrote 20 pages in ONE NIGHT. Your brain was popping with ideas. Scenes flowed. You were sure you’d be done with the whole thing in a month. And then, one quiet morning,...
Michaela Roessner

Advanced Degrees in Writing Genre Fiction

Michaela Roessner
In the Science Fiction & Fantasy courses I teach here at Gotham, I’ve experienced something I’m sure other genre faculty have too: Students mentioning in their bios that they have advanced degrees in Literature, English, or Creative Writing. I always...