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.
Lara Ewen

Faculty Profile

Meet Lara Ewen

“I don't think that you should let somebody else tell you what your writing career looks like,” Gotham teacher and multi-hyphenate Lara Ewen says. As the former editor in chief of a fashion magazine, a journalist who has worked with publications including Women's Wear Daily and Rolling Stone, and a musician who’s released three albums, Lara has much to say about a creative career in the writing world.

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Casandra Lopez

Faculty Profile

Meet Casandra Lopez

Like George Saunders in an oil field, Harper Lee selling airline tickets, and Haruki Murakami opening a record store, Lopez brings a life lived to her writing and it shows.

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The teacher creates community in her classroom; I look forward to each class as a gathering of friends working together to improve each other’s work. It is really a magical experience.

David Denaci, marketing executive

Faculty Excerpts

Time Being

Time Being

Carmen Bugan
The hookFor Alessandro Still sea, stilled in the morning heat,Limpid sky with nimbus building upSomewhere between the cardinal directionsAnd the water, clean as a lens.I walked slowly through the receding tideAhead of you, since we stopped walkingTogether a long time...
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Cleopatra's Dagger

Cleopatra's Dagger

Carole Buggé
In this scene, Elizabeth van den Broek visits the city morgue at Bellevue, guided by the morgue attendant, Viktor Novak, to view the body of the killer’s first victim, who has yet to be identified. She is accompanied by the...
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Faculty Articles

Josh Sippie

Hobbies: How They Can (and Can’t) Help Your Writing

Josh Sippie
Writing, for most of us, is a hobby. When someone asks what we do, we answer, “I work in the service industry,” “I’m an electrician,” or any number of positions that don’t involve a lot of creative writing—or creativity in...
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Books to Film

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
When asked about selling screen rights to Hollywood, Hemingway is said to have replied that at the California border, “You throw them your book, they throw you the money, then you jump in your car and drive like hell back...