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.
Dalia Pagani

Faculty Profile

Meet Dalia Pagani

Gotham Fiction Writing Teacher Dalia Pagani has spent her whole life traveling. She’s done it all, from bouncing country to country as the child of a military family to traversing the waters between the Caribbean and Africa alone in a sailboat.

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Corie Hengst

Faculty Profile

Meet Corie Hengst

You don’t want to dress your messages up too formally–it’s a day in the office, not a night at the opera.

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I felt as though we had a real mentor who genuinely cared about making our writing better and seeing us get it out into the world.

Erica Jackey, account manager

Faculty Excerpts

Daylight Saving Time: The Power of Growing Older

Daylight Saving Time: The Power of Growing Older

David Berner
This is an excerpt from David Berner's new book, out now wherever books are sold.***The gray that seeps through the curtains is deep and yet murky like the light in a scene from an old movie. It must be quite...
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We Are All Sleeping with Our Sneakers On

We Are All Sleeping with Our Sneakers On

Matthew Lippman
This is a poem from Matthew Lippman's latest collection. PARKING FOR DUNKIN DONUTS ONLY VIOLATORS WILL BE TOWEDYou sit in the Dunkin parking lot as you are want to do in solitude.You steal their internet the way the birds steal...
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Faculty Articles

Robert Repino

The Essential Storytelling Device that Fuels Superman and The Matrix

Robert Repino
I am both proud and slightly horrified to say that my first published novel took over a year to write, and three long years to rewrite. And that’s not counting the failed book projects that preceded it over the previous...
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

On Revision

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
Writers have a love­/hate relationship with revi­sion. On the one hand, we hate it because we want our pieces to come out right the first time, and the drafting process is so much more fun, full of prom­ise and discovery,...