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.
Meet Leigh Michaels
By Britt Gambino
Gotham teacher Leigh Michaels wrote her first romance novel when she was fourteen-years-old. “What I knew about love and relationships back then could have fit on a postage stamp—and have room for the grocery list,” she says. Today, Leigh has more than 35 million copies of her romance novels in print, in 120 countries, in 25 languages.
Meet Jessie Sholl
By Britt Gambino
Gotham teacher Jessie Sholl didn’t think she’d enjoy writing a memoir as much as she enjoyed writing a novel.
Here’s how this fiction writer ended up switching gears and finding her Zen in nonfiction:
While her agent was shopping her novel to publishers, Jessie mentioned a personal story she had wanted to write about for a long time. After Jessie revealed the idea, her agent encouraged her to explore the territory she had been so fearful to tread: her mother’s compulsive hoarding. In the interim, her novel got turned down and her memoir proposal sold. It felt like a sign. And so Jessie finally wrote her memoir Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean about Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding.
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
Twin of BlacknessGotham teacher Clifford Thompson has just seen the release of his memoir Twin of Blackness. It’s a coming-of-age story, but told through the lens of jazz, art, and the ever-changing American identity. National Book Award winner Charles Johnson calls the...
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