About Sans Serif – the blog for writers, since 2005

Sans Serif: The Blog for Writers and Readers, was established in 2005. Here, you’ll find articles, essays, and resources on writing, publishing, narrative craft, and books, as well as writing coach and book doctor services.

My Books

My latest novel, THE MARRIAGE PACT (July, 2017) has been sold in 30 languages. Although it’s my fifth novel, it’s my first psychological thriller–which proves it’s never too late to shift gears and try something new in your writing.

My previous books are  Golden State (2014), THE YEAR OF FOG (2007), NO ONE YOU KNOW (2008), and DREAM OF THE BLUE ROOM, and the story collections: Hum (2014) and The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress (2001). I’ve also written for the Wall Street Journal, Salon, Playboy, Coastal Living, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, The Telegraph, The Chronicle, and Writer’s Digest, among other publications.


I’ve taught in the Masters of Fine Arts programs in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, and Bowling Green State University, and have served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary’s College of Moraga and Notre Dame deNamur University. I’ve also taught online novel writing for Stanford Continuing Studies.

Resources for Writers

I love to hear from writers and readers. I’m always happy to answer questions about publishing and writing, and I’d love to send you my free Writers Resource Kit.

Online Writing Classes

I offer affordable online classes that allow you to learn narrative craft and novel writing while working at your own pace. Classes include: Plotting the Novel, Master the Short Story: Fundamentals of Fiction Writing, and the Novel Writing Master Class Series.

See all of my online writing classes.

Origins of this blog

Before Sans Serif, I blogged at Salon Blogs Michelle’s Daily Dose for Writers. In 2005, I threw together some wonky html and Sans Serif was born. I blog about books, publishing, writing, design, copyright, politics, science, and San Francisco’s thriving literary culture.

Growing up southern, and a lot of weird jobs on the way to becoming a writer

I grew up in Mobile, Alabama, attended the University of Alabama and the University of Miami, and moved to New York City right out of graduate school in 1997. In 1999, my husband and I moved to San Francisco.

I had a lot of weird jobs before I was able to earn a living as a writer: waiting tables and pulling auto parts off warehouse shelves in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, while working my way through college; wiping down tanning beds in Atlanta for five dollars an hour; working as an advertising copywriter at a very Mad Men-esque agency in Knoxville; hosting a bizarro cable television talk show called Buckhead Weekly; selling credit processing machines in Manhattan;  serving as the assistant to an executive in Beijing. For a number of years, I taught creative writing at universities in the Bay Area. These days, I do a bit of manuscript consultation based on a writing sample and availability.

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Missing Persons

I also post about missing persons. If someone you know is missing, please send me a photo, along with pertinent information and the number people should call with information, and I will be happy to post it.

If you’d like to know more about my books, please visit my author website.

Michelle Richmond

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