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.
Scott Alexander Hess

Faculty Profile

Meet Scott Alexander Hess

“If I’m not writing, I feel itchy,” says Gotham Fiction and Novel writing teacher, Scott Alexander Hess.

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James Bosley

Faculty Profile

Meet James Bosley

“I was between ships,” James remembers. “A friend of mine who was a photographer said, hey, I got a gig for you. Come over, sit at a desk, and pretend you’re a writer.”

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The teacher gave wonderful contructive ciritcism, but during the course, she gave me something even more important: the courage to keep writing.

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Faculty Excerpts

<em>Edinburgh Twilight</em>

Edinburgh Twilight

Carole Bugge
Edinburgh, 1881 As he trudged up the steep incline to the top of Arthur’s Seat, Stephen Wycherly could not stop shivering. The sky was spitting rain, and a chill breeze blew in from the Firth of Forth, cutting through his...
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<em>South Pole Station</em>

South Pole Station

Ashley Shelby
There were many ways to make things disappear at South Pole Station. After all, there were twenty-three different categories of Waste. “Dormitory Biological Waste”—bloody bandages, used tampons, snot-soaked Kleenex—was stored in fifty-five-gallon open-top drums. Galley food waste—like onionskins, uneaten oatmeal,...
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Faculty Articles

Michaela Roessner

Advanced Degrees in Writing Genre Fiction

Michaela Roessner
In the Science Fiction & Fantasy courses I teach here at Gotham, I’ve experienced something I’m sure other genre faculty have too: Students mentioning in their bios that they have advanced degrees in Literature, English, or Creative Writing. I always...
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...