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 Berner

Faculty Profile

Meet David Berner

David Berner still has one of his first literary creations: a paper mache book he crafted for a project in grade school. “My book was called The Cyclops,” David says. “Some deep-sea adventure, you know? Third grade kind of stuff. I can imagine there was some sort of seed planted back then.”

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Varud Gupta

Faculty Profile

Meet Varud Gupta

At eighteen, Gotham Fiction teacher Varud Gupta knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life—and it wasn't a career in writing. “At NYU, we had to take a required creative writing class, and it was one of the classes I performed the worst in during my time there,” Varud confesses, a statement that anyone who has taken one of his Gotham classes would likely find shocking.

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The teacher was passionate about her subject and that rubbed off.

Kyle Sanna, musician

Faculty Excerpts

The Appetite Factory

The Appetite Factory

Jon Gingerich
An excerpt from the end of Chapter 1 of Jon Gingerich’s novel The Appetite Factory:The team left and Leonard closed the door. He found a can of air freshener and hosed down the chairs, retrieved a handheld vacuum from his...
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Pickleball For All: Everything but the "Kitchen" Sink

Pickleball For All: Everything but the "Kitchen" Sink

Rachel Simon
In March 2020, Kurt (my then boyfriend and now husband) and I were spending the early days of the pandemic in the same boat as millions of other people: quarantining with our family in the North Carolina suburbs, adjusting to...
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Faculty Articles

Alanna Schubach

Finding the Strangeness in the Mundane (and Vice Versa)

Alanna Schubach
One of my favorite horror movies is Poltergeist. I first saw it at nine years old, probably too young. The scene in which a character is induced by the house’s malevolent spirits to hallucinate peeling off his own face is...
N. West Moss

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N. West Moss
I was in my forties when I became aware that, as a writer, I was at the edge of my ability. I had stories and books I wanted to write but was unable to accomplish what I was able to...