How to Plot Your Novel with Rich Marcello. April 12th, 2023 through June 14th, 2023, Wednesdays, 7 to 9 PM


In this ten-week class on plot, we will work through Robert McKee’s book, Story, the most widely used and successful book of its kind.



In this class, we’ll cover the principles of story design, including the inciting incident, act design, scene design, scene analysis, crisis, climax, and resolution. We’ll also discuss structure and setting, structure and genre, structure and character, and structure and meaning. Each class will consist of two parts––a lecture taken from the book and a workshop focused on the narrative arc of student’s stories.

This class will be taught on Zoom or at the Lancaster Library.

Rich Marcello is the author of five novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, The Beauty of the Fall, The Latecomers, and Cenotaphs, and the poetry collection, The Long Body That Connects Us All. He also teaches creative writing at Seven Bridges’ Writer Collaborative. Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies. As anyone who has read Rich’s work can tell you, his books deal with life’s big questions: love, loss, creativity, community, self-discovery and forgiveness. His novels are rich with characters and ideas, crafted by a natural storyteller, with the eye and the ear of a poet. For Rich, writing and art making is about connection, or as he says, about making a difference to a least one other person in the world, something he has clearly achieved many times over, both as an artist, a mentor, and a teacher. Rich lives in Massachusetts with his wife and Newfoundland Shaman. He is currently working on his sixth and seventh novels, The Means of Keeping and In the Seat of the Eddas, a follow-on to The Latecomers


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