Novel/Memoir in Progress Class with Rich Marcello, Starting September 12th, 2024, Thursdays, 10 AM to 12 noon


Are you a budding writer with a story to tell? Do you yearn to craft captivating characters, build immersive worlds, and weave plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats? If so, Fiction Essentials is your gateway to unlocking the magic of storytelling.



Duration: September 2024 – June 2025 (one-month holiday break)
Schedule: Thursdays, 10 AM – 12 PM
Class Size: Limited enrollment

Join author Rich Marcello for an immersive Novel/Memoir in Progress class, designed for writers dedicated to completing or revising their full-length works. Running from September 2024 through June 2025, this weekly Thursday morning class offers a supportive environment where your creative journey will be nurtured and your writing will flourish.

Over the course of the program, you’ll receive personalized, constructive feedback on your writing from both Rich and your peers. Whether you’re crafting the first draft of your novel or refining an existing manuscript, this class will guide you through the process with expert advice and comprehensive critiques.

We will reference two cornerstone texts in creative writing:

  • “Writing Fiction” by Janet Burroway: This textbook will serve as a guide for narrative techniques, character development, and the essentials of fiction writing.
  • “Story” by Robert McKee: This book will help you understand the principles of storytelling, focusing on structure, plot, and the intricacies of crafting a compelling narrative.
  • “The Art of Memoir” by Mary Karr:  This book is the gold standard used by many memoir classes.


What You Will Gain:

  • Completion and Revision: Finish your first draft or revise your manuscript with clear goals and deadlines.
  • Personalized Feedback: Weekly sessions dedicated to providing in-depth critiques of your work.
  • Writing Techniques: Learn advanced techniques for writing fiction and memoir through practical exercises and discussions.
  • Storytelling Mastery: Understand the principles of storytelling, from plot development to character arcs, through the insights provided by our textbooks.

Why Choose This Class?

Rich Marcello’s extensive experience as a novelist, combined with his commitment to fostering a collaborative and constructive learning environment, makes this class an ideal choice for serious writers. With limited class size, each participant receives focused attention, ensuring their unique voice and vision are honed to their fullest potential.

About Rich Marcello:

Rich Marcello is known for his deep exploration of complex emotional landscapes, philosophical introspection, and poetic prose. His themes touch on universal human experiences such as love, aging, and the search for meaning, with reflective and complex characters struggling with existential questions. Rich Marcello has authored several novels, including the critically acclaimed “The Latecomers,” and has a new novel about the climate crisis, “The Means of Keeping,” published in July 2024. With over twelve years of experience as a full-time novelist, Rich brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his teaching. He is also the President of Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative, contributing actively to the literary community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to advance your writing craft under the guidance of a seasoned author and in the company of fellow writers. Secure your spot today and take a significant step toward achieving your literary goals.


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