Teaching

"Adam Sexton's instruction set me on a thrilling path. A teacher in the true sense of the word, Adam is a confident, brilliant guide to recognizing your talents and building beautiful things from there. I've taken many classes in my life and have forgotten many lessons and guides in the process but his classes and method have remained with me, daily. I work to make him proud."
-- Carmen Wong Ulrich, author, The Real Cost of Living; contributor, NBC's Today Show

"Adam's class inspired me to quit my job and leave New York City to get my Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Utah. I now teach creative writing at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, as well as in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University."
-- Margot Singer, author, The Pale of Settlement (University of Georgia Press, 2007), winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction

"Adam Sexton is a gifted, generous instructor who illuminated the essence of good writing through his clear, thoughtful questions. Who are the characters? What is the conflict? What are you saying? Adam taught me how to write by teaching me how to think."
-- Karol Nielsen, author, Black Elephants; creative writing instructor, New York University

"Adam has truly mastered the art of teaching--it's what he was born to do. I have two degrees in English and have taken hundreds of seminars, but none have taught me to read like a writer in the way Adam's classes have. Because he approaches writing as a craft, we find ourselves thinking about each component of a good work of fiction. We become better readers and, in turn, better writers. I leave every workshop energized by the dialogue he's fostered, thinking hard about the building blocks of my story, confident, and--amazingly--eager to revise. Any aspiring writer would be lucky to spend a few hours in one of Adam's workshops."
-- Meredith Turner, B.A. Princeton University, M.A. Duke University

"The best teacher we have ever had on our staff."
-- David Grae, co-founder, Gotham Writers' Workshop


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

YALE UNIVERSITY, Yale College, New Haven, CT

Critic, School of Art, 2016-present

Lecturer, Department of English
Writing About Music, 2016-present
Reading Fiction for Craft, 2014-present
Reading and Writing the Modern Essay, 2013-2015

Trumbull College Writing Tutor, 2014-present
Daily Themes Tutor, 2014


COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, School of the Arts, New York, NY

Instructor
Reading Fiction for Writers, Summer 2015
Nonfiction Workshop, Summers 2014, 2015

Department Representative, Writing
Summers 2013-2015


THE NEW SCHOOL, New York, NY

Instructor
Introduction to Journalism, 2013


NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York, NY

Instructor
Fiction Writing I, 2007
Reading Moby-Dick, 2006
Philip Roth’s Alter Egos, 2005
Reading Fiction for Fiction Writers, 2003-2006
Nonfiction and Fiction Tutorials, 2002-2007
Beginning and Advanced Nonfiction Writing, 2001-2006

Part-time Lecturer
Beginning and Advanced Nonfiction Writing, 2001


PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN, New York, NY

Instructor
Critical Reading and Writing I and II, 2003-2007
HEOP Critical Studies, Summers 2004-2005
Literature and Composition II: Race and Gender, Rock and Rap, 2002-2003
Wireless Literature and Composition I and II, 2001-2003
• One of 3 instructors selected as part of New School initiative to teach wireless sections of Lit and Comp in specially-equipped “smart” classroom
Literature and Composition I, 2000-2003

Faculty Adviser
Independent Study in Fiction Writing, 2001


GOTHAM WRITERS' WORKSHOP, New York, NY

Instructor, 1995-2003
Beginning and Advanced Fiction Writing, Fiction Master Class, and 1-Day Fiction Intensive
Novel Writing, “live” and online
Beginning and Advanced Nonfiction Writing, “live” and online
Beginning and Advanced Memoir Writing, “live” and online, and 1-Day Memoir Intensive
Reading for Writers


RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY, New Brunswick, NJ

Part-time Lecturer
Expository Writing, 1997


MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE, Continuing Education Division, New York, NY

Instructor
Intermediate and Advanced Writing, 1993-95


GUEST LECTURING

Yale University, New Haven, CT
Plenary lecturer, English 123
• Topic: Introduction to Fiction Writing

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Hudson Strode Lecturer in the Age of Shakespeare, 2015
• Topic: "Classics, Illustrated: Faithfully Adapting Shakespeare's Tragedies as Manga"

Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
Guest lecturer, “Words on Will” series, 2008
• Topic: Shakespeare + Manga

New York University, Gallatin School, New York, NY
Guest lecturer, 2008
• Topic: Adapting Hamlet

New York University, Paul McGhee Division, New York, NY
Guest author, Foundations of the Creative Process course, 2008

University of Pennsylvania, Kelly Writer’s House, New York, NY
Guest lecturer, 1999 and 2006
• Topics: Point of View in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Structure in Joyce’s ‘Araby’, and Plot and Structure in Fiction Writing


TEACHING HONORS

Named Finalist for Distinguished University Teaching Award, The New School, 2007

Awarded Professional Equity Project Grant, The New School, 2003
• Nominated by The New School and awarded membership, expenses, and admission to annual Conference on College Composition and Communication

Awarded New School Faculty Development Fund Grant, The New School, 2002-2003
• One of 2 instructors awarded $6,000 to instruct Parsons faculty in pedagogical adaptations of new media

Awarded teaching fellow for assistance with instruction, The New School, 2002

Interviewed on the teaching of writing and literature by Time and Poets & Writers

Classes featured on BBC Radio and in Philadelphia Weekly