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.
Mara Reinstein

Faculty Profile

Meet Mara Reinstein

Let’s play a game. Think of a recent movie star, any movie star. Say their name quietly in your head. Got it? Good.

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Josh Sippie

Faculty Profile

Meet Josh Sippie

“About once a month I have to force myself to turn on my PlayStation,” says Gotham’s resident Blog and Podcast Expert, Josh Sippie. “I am rarely not writing.”

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The instructor was exceptional in his lectures, musings, and personal critiques of the students' work. He was somehow able to make what had previously been unclear to me crystal clear.

Kim E. Revay, technician

Faculty Excerpts

<em>Jack of Hearts</em>

Jack of Hearts

Lev AC Rosen
You are so cute. I smile. A secret admirer? That’s sweet. Or creepy, maybe? I look up and down the hall, but no one is looking at me, waiting to see my reaction. I look back down at the paper....
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<em>Holly's Hurricane</em>

Holly's Hurricane

Marie Carter
One minute I am sitting with my mum in the nursing home in Boston, England. The next I was transported to the Strid, the stream that lurks about a hundred yards from the nursing home, with all the danger signs....
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Faculty Articles

Margaret Meacham

Six Steps Towards Finding Your Inner Child on the Page

Margaret Meacham
“Childhood is another country.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince Even if you haven’t been a child for decades, if you want to write for middle grade and YA readers, you need to find a way to see the world...
Susan Breen

How to Deal with Criticism

Susan Breen
Fourteen people sit around a table. The room is spare, decorated with only a few New Yorker posters and a splash of yellow paint. Every so often an ambulance screams by. We’re only a few blocks from Times Square. The...