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.
Carmen Bugan

Faculty Profile

Meet Carmen Bugan

Gotham teacher Carmen Bugan grew up in 1970s Romania, under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu.

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Elane Johnson

Faculty Profile

Meet Elane Johnson

Elane Johnson is rattling off a list of all the accidents she’s ever been in.

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The energy and enthusiasm of the instructor were an inspiration, as was as her seemingly boundless knowledge of the genre and writing in general. She was a real mentor and role model.

Jennifer Wilkinson, administrator

Faculty Excerpts

<em>South Pole Station</em>

South Pole Station

Ashley Shelby
There were many ways to make things disappear at South Pole Station. After all, there were twenty-three different categories of Waste. “Dormitory Biological Waste”—bloody bandages, used tampons, snot-soaked Kleenex—was stored in fifty-five-gallon open-top drums. Galley food waste—like onionskins, uneaten oatmeal,...
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<em>D'Arc</em>

D'Arc

Robert Repino
Chapter 1 The Story of Taalik When the darkness passed over the water. Taalik dreamt of the temple again. A temple far beyond the seas, ruled by an ancient queen who went to war with a race of monsters. In...
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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...