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 Matthew Lippman
“Poetry is about sustaining a piece of my existence in the world. It’s about survival,” says Gotham teacher Matthew Lippman. “I do it like I do anything else in my day. It calms me down. It’s like prayer and making a sandwich at the same time.”Read More View All
Meet Shari Goldhagen
There is a trick to returning to one’s writing-in-progress that Gotham instructor Shari Goldhagen shares with her students: “Give yourself an hour a day—or two or four, whatever you can do—but don’t exceed that. If you do, you’ll be exhausted from it. You want to be excited.”Read More View All
The teacher was kind but thorough. She would ask why a character would say or do something, or point out that the dialogue was good, but there was too much of it, or a scene needed to be grounded so the reader would know where it was, what it looked like, etc. And she would ask "how did you feel about that?" I learned a tremendous amount from this.
Joanne Lupton, distinguished professor, emerita