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.
Joselin Linder

Faculty Profile

Meet Joselin Linder

“When you’re supposed to be doing something in life, things kind of feel like smooth sailing,” says Gotham Memoir teacher Joselin Linder about writing her memoir The Family Gene.

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Benjamin Obler

Faculty Profile

Meet Benjamin Obler

Someone has to write all those interesting facts about emperor penguins in your grade school text books, and for a while, that someone was Ben Obler. Ben’s been cozied up with the writing world for his entire life, whether he was writing those factoids in the education side of publishing, or writing his novel Javascotia, or writing the closed captioning for movies.

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Our teacher really connects with the students, tries to understand what kind of writing each individual student wants to do, and then gives very specific and constructive feedback.

Osama Shehzad, engineer

Faculty Excerpts

<em>Amazing Things Are Happening Here</em>

Amazing Things Are Happening Here

Jacob M. Appel
Excerpt from the title story "Amazing Things Are Happening Here."We were short one lunatic. I know it’s entirely out-of-bounds to refer to our patients as lunatics, and I generally don’t, but it’s also not every night that Bernadette does a...
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The Beekeeper's Daughter

Jessica Sticklor
Lorelei“It is no night to drown in:/A full moon, river lapsing/Black beneath bland mirror-sheen.” I hear Plath again. That poem my mother used to half sing before bed, at the dinner table, any time her mind wandered. I hear it...
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Faculty Articles

Michael Dunphy

15 Tips for Writing Articles

Michael Dunphy
As an instructor in article writing, travel writing, and creative nonfiction at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York City, I break a lot of hearts. Students arrive in my class bright in spirit, flush in inspiration, and steeped in...
Melissa Petro

Four Steps to Publishing Articles and Essays

Melissa Petro
Having worked as a full-time freelance writer for just shy of a decade, I often find friends reach out to ask me how I do it, hoping that they, too, can get published.A part of me wants to take umbrage—after...