At RC1, our mission is to make YOUR story unstoppable.


RC1 is a community of professional writers preparing their stories for publication and beyond.
Our teachers are seasoned industry professionals including editors, agents, and bestselling authors. Together, we teach you how to develop:

  • Fresh, high-concept story ideas that publishers will love
  • Pitch-perfect openings
  • Plot-driven narratives with heart-stopping tension
  • Complex characters facing long odds and impossible decisions
  • Compelling story arcs with high-stakes physical and emotional consequences

Then we help you prepare your manuscript for submission with detailed strategies on how to query for success.

You have the spark of something brilliant inside.


Imagine the story you know you can write. Your vision is to transform that idea into in a book publishing deal or maybe, something even bigger. You've taken your concept as far as you can on your own. Still, there seems to be a missing piece.

What's holding you back?


Your stories go out on submission, but the editors and agents aren't responding. And if they do, it's either a polite dismissal or suggestion for a complete rewrite. Why?

Everyone is naturally gifted at some aspect of story – whether it's heart-wrenching concepts, unforgettable characters, whip-smart dialogue, or pulse-pounding tension. But without a fully developed writers toolkit and a network of contacts, we get stuck in a rejection cycle that seems to have no escape.

Serious writers learn to bridge those gaps through study, training, and network development. It's only when all of the pieces come together that writers begin to find success. If this sounds like you, we invite you join us.

I’m Fred Koehler, Founder of RC1


RC1 was born when I asked my writer friends what they needed to progress their careers. Their responses culminated in a complete storytelling curriculum and a roadmap to publishing success.

In all my years as a published author and animation writer, I'd never seen a program that tracks with you as you develop your story, providing tools at the key moments you'll need them in the writing, polishing, and pitching process. Well, not till now.

I won't pretend I'm not terrified. This program is funded out of my own pocket. There could be hiccups. But Helen Keller says that life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. So here we go, on an adventure. Are you READY?

Build Your Author Toolkit

The more you learn, the quicker your work will be ready. Every RC1 class is laser-focused on preparing your story / manuscript for publication.

Grow Your Writer Network

Through live online classes led by acquiring editors and agents. Learn what they're looking for in a manuscript and submit with confidence knowing you've made a personal connection.

Break the Rejection Cycle

Polish your work in progress until it shines. Then, learn tricks of the trade for getting past the slush pile and into the eager hands of editors and agents.