Finish your book in 2024.

Michelle Richmond
The Caffeinated Writer
3 min readFeb 4, 2024


Learn your craft. Grow as a writer. Get your novel on the page.

Do you want to write a novel or memoir? Do you need structure and accountability to see your book through to completion? Do you want to finish a manuscript you started or bring a dreamed-of writing project to life? Then my nine-month writing program, Novel in Nine, will help you meet your goals.

In Novel in Nine, you will write a complete draft of your novel or memoir in nine months. You will get weekly lessons and assignments, monthly word count check-ins, optional live sessions, and practical downloads to help you plan scenes and chapters and keep track of your progress.

“Novel in Nine was much more than a class for me, it was a transformation. I had tried for years and years to write a novel…Under Michelle’s guidance, I was able to complete my first novel in a seamless, uncomplicated, and manageable workflow. Her experienced directives help me move through my writing to that final goal.” Polly K.

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Plenty of inspiration, plus a serious craft intensive

You will learn how to infuse your opening chapters with urgency, how to create a subplot and weave it into the larger narrative, how to handle point of view, how to add depth to your writing with research, how to create suspense in any genre, how to maintain your momentum through the novel or memoir’s challenging middle distance, how to craft a strong midpoint, how to bring your story to a satisfying and surprising conclusion, and much more.

This class was always a bright spot in my week. Michelle has top-notch expertise and teaching skills, and she is generous with her time and input. Novel in Nine was the perfect way to make novel writing a priority, and get to THE END in a timely way.” Kathy B.

How Novel in Nine is different

With more than a decade of experience teaching in Masters of Fine Arts programs in creative writing, I bring you the craft insight of an MFA program with the support of a small, private cohort. I want to help you write the best book you can write starting from where you are. In Novel in Nine, we welcome and celebrate writers in any genre. Whether your novel is literary fiction, mystery, thriller, fantasy, historical fiction, coming-of-age, a cross-genre novel — or whether you’re still figuring that out — you will find support for the story you want to write.

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About your instructor: I’ve been mentoring writers for more than twenty years. I’m also a working writer: my books include six novels with Random House and Grove Atlantic and two award-winning story collections with university presses. I have taught in the Masters of Fine Arts programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco, Bowling Green State University, California College of the Arts, St Mary’s College of Moraga, and Notre Dame de Namur University, and I have designed and taught novel writing for Stanford Continuing Studies. I am the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.