is the author of The Language of Goodbye (Dutton 2001), awarded Virginia Commonwealth University's First Novel Award for 2002.
Fischer's second novel, The Life You Longed For (Simon & Schuster, 2007), an April 2007 BookSense Notable Book and a Literary Guild Alternate Selection, has sold in five countries and was cited by The Library Journal
as "a perfect book-group selection-comparable to Jane Hamilton's A Map of the World.
Fischer received an individual artist award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 1992, and an Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for an Established Fiction Writer in 2009.
has published essays in such journals as The Iowa Review
and The Yale Review
essays have twice been cited as notable in Robert Atwan's Best American Essays.
received a Pushcart Prize for her
essay "Stillborn," and a Smart Family Prize for her
Maribeth founded the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild in 2005, where she currently serves as Executive Director.
She has taught fiction and nonfiction at the undergraduate and graduate level for over 15 years and currently teaches classes for RBWG.
is currently completing her
third novel, A Season of Perfect Happiness.
Here's what you said about Maribeth's classes ...
The last few years taking Maribeth Fischer's
Novel Class has helped me in two major ways: scene and balance.
taught me what makes a scene work and what doesn't and how to make it work if it's not.
is constantly asking us questions about our characters that we may or may not know the answer to, and may or may not think it's all that important to know, but she
says: "Even if it never makes it into your book, you, as the writer, need to know the answer."
The class was called Experiments in Creative Writing, but for the lucky 9 students who joined Maribeth Fischer
for 8 weeks starting in April 2012, the class proved to be much more than an experiment.
It was a blast.
New to RBWG
, I was a bit apprehensive about this undertaking.
Thirty-something years out of undergraduate school, never having taken a writing class, and pretty nervous about the prospect of reading to a group of strangers, this experiment felt pretty risky to me.
Happily, it turned out that I had nothing to fear and everything to celebrate.
In fact, every week the class was routinely proclaimed to be "the two best hours of the week" by at least one student.
Each week, Maribeth
gave us a different writing assignment, which challenged us to write in new and various formats.
So successful was the experiment that Maribeth
created Experiments II and another 8-week journey began in June.
So, if Maribeth
came up with sixteen "experiments" in classes 1 and 2 (eight weeks each, eight creative challenges each) was she
not down to the dregs, the really off the cuff stuff to tantalize us with?