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.
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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Peter Finch

Faculty Profile

Meet Peter Finch

In 1982 Peter Finch “sort of fell into” business writing.

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The teaching is some of the very best I have ever experienced. Far superior to much of what was given to me in graduate school or seminary. The teacher is gifted, gracious, patient, perceptive, and makes the craft accessible and doable.

Thomas Farrington, writer

Faculty Excerpts

<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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<em>The Memory Wall</em>

The Memory Wall

Lev AC Rosen
“You should eat, Mom,” Nick says. She turns to him and smiles, then winks, which is a thing she does, and then takes a spoonful. Once, the winks were supposed to be reassuring, like a shared secret, but now Nick...
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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...