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.
Kelly Caldwell

Faculty Profile

Meet Kelly Caldwell

What’s the secret to Kelly’s sunny disposition? She does what she loves to do: writing, teaching nonfiction, spending time with people. As dean of faculty and a Gotham teacher, Kelly gets to do that pretty much all of the time.

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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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This is now my third class at Gotham and every teacher has been top notch.

Paula Heaphy, illustrator/textile designer

Faculty Excerpts

<em>Millard Salter's Last Day</em>

Millard Salter's Last Day

Jacob M. Appel
On the day he was to hang himself, Millard Salter made his bed for the first time in fifty-seven years. He struggled briefly with the fitted sheet, but by bracing the mattress against his good knee, he managed to hook...
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<em>Becky Sauerbrunn</em>

Becky Sauerbrunn

David Seigerman
Oh, man. That really hurt. Fifty-nine minutes into the first soccer game she would ever play for the United States Women’s National Team, Becky Sauerbrunn realized something was wrong. She had just tried something she’d done on the soccer field...
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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...