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, screenplay, 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 the way you hoped. Why?

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

Serious writers learn to bridge those gaps with education and actionable feedback. It's only when all of the pieces come together that writers begin to find success. If this sounds like you, you're in the right place.

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

We are a community of career-driven writers preparing their stories for publication and beyond.
Our faculty and staff are seasoned industry professionals including editors, agents, and bestselling authors. Together, we help each other 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 each other prepare our manuscripts for submission with detailed strategies on how to query for success.

Introducing the RC1 Peer Critique Forum

As part of Ready Chapter 1's mission to discover and develop fresh voices in publishing and beyond, our new Peer Critique Forum is a place for writers to receive community feedback on sections of a WIP in a safe, constructive environment. Watch the video to learn more.

I’m Fred Koehler, Founder of RC1

RC1 was born out of the pandemic when I asked all of my writer friends what they needed to progress their careers. The overwhelming response was twofold: 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 provides 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.