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.
Ian S. Port

Faculty Profile

Meet Ian S. Port

Ian S. Port has only ever known two things: writing and music. But even now, Ian considers guitar his indulgent hobby, whereas writing is his profession.

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N. West Moss

Faculty Profile

Meet N. West Moss

My mother gave me a filing cabinet for my 7th birthday. That should tell you what a bookworm and writer I’ve been since the beginning.

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The instructor was exceptional in his lectures, musings, and personal critiques of the students' work. He was somehow able to make what had previously been unclear to me crystal clear.

Kim E. Revay, technician

Faculty Excerpts

<em>Lush</em>

Lush

Kerry Cohen
While you’re drinking, everything feels fine. You stay up, and you keep going, because you know that when it’s over, when you finally set your glass in the sink, when you finally stub out that last cigarette, you’ll lie in...
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<em>Half Gods</em>

Half Gods

Akil Kumarasamy
Excerpt from the story "At the Birthplace of Sound"You are a convenience store store owner, a taxi driver, a doctor, a terrorist, an IT worker, an exchange student. An Egyptian, a Pakistani, a Trinidadian, an Indian. You wear your skin...
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Faculty Articles

Susan Breen

How to Deal with Criticism

Susan Breen
Fourteen people sit around a table. The room is spare, decorated with only a few New Yorker posters and a splash of yellow paint. Every so often an ambulance screams by. We’re only a few blocks from Times Square. The...
Gabriela Pereira

The Psychology of World Building

Gabriela Pereira
Most writers think world building is the artistry of creating a setting for your story. They imagine fantastical lands with dragons soaring over castle gates or the intergalactic battles in a “galaxy far, far away.” But the truth is that...