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.
Kim Liao

Faculty Profile

Meet Kim Liao

Gotham nonfiction teacher Kim Liao tasted the glory of writing for a captive audience at an early age.

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Susan Breen

Faculty Profile

Meet Susan Breen

There aren’t many creative writing journeys that hinge on a master’s degree in Russian economics, but that is exactly where the career of Susan Breen began.

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That I was able to choose from the faculty someone relevant to my work—and who proved himself to be exceedingly capable as an instructor—was a ringing endorsement for Gotham Writers.

Michael Connors, Nonprofit CEO

Faculty Excerpts

<em>The Municipalists</em>

The Municipalists

Seth Fried
On August 7 of 1904, a flash flood hit the No. 11 Missouri Pacific Flyer as it crossed a trestle bridge on its way to Pueblo, Colorado. A wall of water carried off four of the train’s six cars and...
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<em>Joy Enough</em>

Joy Enough

Sarah McColl
We only ever write one story, the writer I was beginning to love told me. Several months after my mother’s death, looking through stacks of paper in her sewing room, I found a yellow folder. “The Life of Allison Marie...
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Faculty Articles

Kim Liao

The Beauty of Rejection, part 2

Kim Liao
My official New Year’s resolution, this year, was to drink more water. My unofficial (i.e., secret and therefore unenforceable) New Year’s resolution was to lose some weight before my wedding this summer. My super-unofficial-very-secret-and-even-embarrassing New Year’s resolution was to become...
Kim Liao

The Beauty of Rejection, part 1

Kim Liao
Last year, I got rejected 43 times by literary magazines, residencies, and fellowships—my best record since I started shooting for getting 100 rejections per year. It’s harder than it sounds, but also more gratifying. In late 2011, a writer friend...