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 Yoo

Faculty Profile

Meet David Yoo

When David Yoo started teaching for Gotham he had “DSL for internet, a laptop that weighed approximately seventy pounds, and was in the thick of a soul-searching internal debate about joining Friendster.” That was ten years ago.

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Nelsie Spencer

Faculty Profile

Meet Nelsie Spencer

Nelsie teaches Humor, Character, and Creative Writing 101 for Gotham, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t published a novel, written a one-woman show, performed her stand-up comedy, and seen her plays and screenplays produced... because she has. The common thread that runs through all of her work, though, is humor. “Sometimes there’s stuff that’s really dark,” Nelsie says, “but you laugh and kind of feel bad that you’re laughing at it. I like to walk that line.”

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Try to imagine the Lord of the Rings trilogy without Gandalf. That's what my life was like before I met my instructor.

Rois Beal, housewife

Faculty Excerpts

The Peddlers Road

The Peddlers Road

Matthew Cody
The worst thing about Carter’s sister was that she hadn’t always been such a giant pain in the rear end. There was a time, not so long ago, when they’d been friends, not just brother and sister. Back then, coming...
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Lydia

Megan Kruse
Tulalip, Washington, 2006The summer I was nine, my father came home with a pig in the back of the truck. The pig was big, with thick bristles along his spine, and he scratched his back against the barbed wire. “We’re...
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Faculty Articles

David Ebenbach

Thoughts on the Novel and the Short Story

David Ebenbach
Let’s face it: a lot of novels are really boring. Not all of them, obviously—some of my best friends are novels—but too many of them are. Boring. Boring. Booooooring. It’s like, you’re on page 247, and thinking, Are we seriously...
Tony Conniff

How Adele Sets Up a Great Chorus

Tony Conniff
A big part of why understanding song structure is so important is that listeners bring expectations, based upon what they’re familiar with. At this point, the most common song structures are practically hardwired into music lovers’ brains. (And, like those...