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.
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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Robert Repino

Faculty Profile

Meet Robert Repino

He blames his love of sci-fi on the 80’s.

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Faculty Excerpts

<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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<em>Millard Salter's Last Day</em>

Millard Salter's Last Day

Jacob M. Appel
On the day he was to hang himself, Millard Salter made his bed for the first time in fifty-seven years. He struggled briefly with the fitted sheet, but by bracing the mattress against his good knee, he managed to hook...
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Faculty Articles

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...
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...