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.
Casandra Lopez

Faculty Profile

Meet Casandra Lopez

Like George Saunders in an oil field, Harper Lee selling airline tickets, and Haruki Murakami opening a record store, Lopez brings a life lived to her writing and it shows.

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Rachel Simon

Faculty Profile

Meet Rachel Simon

“Pickleball became a big pandemic pastime.” That’s what Gotham teacher Rachel Simon found, anyways. For Rachel—the Deputy Editor of Hello Giggles and a freelance writer for publications including the New York Times, Glamour, and Vulture—writing is about finding the unexpected connections. “The first story I wrote in the pandemic, which was for the New York Times, was about pickleball.

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The instructor created an atmosphere so dynamic. Each student opened the door to his or her writing potential.

Sheldon Rifkin, retired

Faculty Excerpts

<em>Muffled</em>

Muffled

Jennifer Gennari
CHAPTER ONEOn the other side of the lobby door, ninety-six sidewalk lines away, is the first day of fifth grade. I stare through the glass, tugging at my backpack straps although they are fine. I know I am stalling. As...
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<em>Destroyer of Light</em>

Destroyer of Light

Jennifer Marie Brissett
Chapter 1Smokeless black flames burn her skin ice-cold with memory. She sloughs and becomes all muscle and sinew, bone and blood. The fire surrounds her and drifts up her body, engulfing toes, ankles, knees, her waist, her stomach, her heart,...
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Faculty Articles

Josh Sippie

Hobbies: How They Can (and Can’t) Help Your Writing

Josh Sippie
Writing, for most of us, is a hobby. When someone asks what we do, we answer, “I work in the service industry,” “I’m an electrician,” or any number of positions that don’t involve a lot of creative writing—or creativity in...
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Books to Film

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
When asked about selling screen rights to Hollywood, Hemingway is said to have replied that at the California border, “You throw them your book, they throw you the money, then you jump in your car and drive like hell back...