Want to Help Me Publish ROSETTE, and Get a Free Copy for Yourself?

Painting of a 19th century woman seated on the ground by a field of grain, with the title ROSETTE, Cindy Rinaman Marsch
The cover of ROSETTE

From December 11, 2015 to January 10, 2016, the novel Rosette will be in a publishing campaign on Kindle Scout.


It is quite exciting to see the cover at left featured on the "Hot and Trending" and "Season's Readings" areas at Kindle Scout, where visitors get to read excerpts and choose from among dozens of not-yet-published novels that they'd like to see published. At the end of a thirty-day campaign, Kindle Press reviews the results (popularity and quality and market potential) and chooses a few to publish. For each one chosen, all those who nominated that title will receive a free Kindle version of the novel. 


After my first week I have had over a thousand views, and those interested in Rosette have kept it in "Hot and Trending" since the first day.  If you haven't already, please visit and see what you think. To understand more about the campaign and about this novel based on the real journal and the true history of a young woman in pioneer Michigan, visit RosetteBook.com . 


(Cover painting and design by Betsy Marsch)


Self-Study Short Course for the Great Books

Miniature painting of Dante Alighieri by Betsy Marsch

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

- T.S. Eliot


Students learning about the Great Books, or studying meaningful literature and history, are facing their first big essays about this time in the semester. In September and October I met with a few students online to go through a thirty-page document* I have used for almost two decades to help Great Books students prepare for their essays.


The course Writing Skills for Literature and History, offered through the education website WizIQ, allows students to work independently through the material in about five sessions, with the help of 30-50-minute audio-video-Power-Point recordings of our meetings this year. Topics include thesis, comparison, description, strong verbs, quotation techniques, and the all-important introduction and conclusion. The course can be completed within a week but is easily spread out over several weeks. It is appropriate for grade 7 through early college years and could be of great use to homeschooling parents and new (or weary) teachers.


Click here to explore Writing SKills for Literature and History .


Please consider enrolling in this brief course, just $30, and let me know in the comments or via email if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing your favorite writing assignment - each student is encouraged to choose one to send for private evaluation.


*P.E.P Talk, in its original form, adapted for this course

(Painting image courtesy Betsy Marsch. TS Eliot, a minuscule 1" x 1.25")


Those Who Can, Write (and Teach)

Pencil sketch of a 19th-century woman holding a book, standing under a tree with fall foliage, in a cultivated field
Preliminary sketch for the cover of ROSETTE

"And what shall poor me do? I never wrote a composition in my life." - Rosette Cordelia Ramsdell, September 1856


Because I have reduced teaching duties this year, I have been able to work on a long-dreamed project - the novel Rosette. It is based on a real journal and the true history of this young woman from pioneer Michigan, and I invite you to learn more - and join my email list for updates - at RosetteBook.com .

(Pencil sketch courtesy Betsy Marsch)


Writing Prep Workshop for Great Books Essays

Miniature painting of Dante Alighieri by Betsy Marsch

"If you young fellows were wise, the devil couldn't do anything to you; but since you aren't wise, you need us who are old." - Martin Luther, "On the Family"


I'm ready to get started with a free workshop offered three times per week, one new topic each week, assisting students who are writing about the Great Books (and other important literature and history and theology and philosophy) this school year. Go to the "Online Meetings" page of this website to download the two needed files, one of which includes the schedule, and join me online on Mondays or Saturdays at 9 a.m. or Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Learn more with this orientation session recorded on September 12. 

Please post here if you have any questions or if you want to share your completed Assignments through the weeks of the workshop. If you would like to share anonymously, please email your work and I will post it for you.

(Painting image courtesy Betsy Marsch. Martin Luther, a minuscule 1" x 1.25")


Meet Me in a Workshop!

Miniature painting of Dante Alighieri by Betsy Marsch

Let's get this year off to a great start with free online writing workshops and office hours. My plan is to spend the first half hour of each meeting doing some fun and easygoing writing workshop activities, and the second half hour talking about whatever you like--my courses, your writing work for me or for other teachers, or whatever occurs to you.


To get the bugs out of the technology, I want to go low-key for our first week together, with meetings on Tuesday, September 8, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time; and Saturday, September 12, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  Click on the links for those dates to see the specific class times. You will be prompted to create an account on WizIQ and then should be able to follow me and see all my upcoming meeting times. After Labor Day, we will also have a meeting available on Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m.


Beginning Monday, September 14, I will have a four-week series to help anyone writing about the Great Books (or other literature and history topics) this school year. We will use my booklet P.E.P. Talk  (click to download) and targeted writing exercises to help everyone feel comfortable with the challenges of writing in The Great Conversation, as we call it.  Each week we will have one topic, and you may attend any of the three days per week I am offering the workshop--Monday, Tuesday, or Saturday.


If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments below, and I will be glad to help.

( Image of Queen Anne's Lace and an Iridescent Insect courtesy Glenn Marsch, www.flickr.com/photos/sphericalbull )


Back to School? Take Ten!

Miniature painting of Dante Alighieri by Betsy Marsch

"The secret to getting things done is to act." - Dante Alighieri (attributed)


Here we go again! It's Back to School time! As you get everything settled for your year, please let me help.  Until August 31, 2015, with the discount code Intro10% , enjoy 10% off your total order.

(Painting image courtesy Betsy Marsch. Dante Alighieri, a minuscule 1" x 1.25")


Let's Get Acquainted Special $10 Off

Photo of fish on a coral reef, by Glenn Marsch

I'm ready to start a new school year, and I want to make it easy for you to give Writing Assessment Services a try. Until August 15, 2015, with the discount code INTRO10 , enjoy $10 off any service. I'm confident that once you get a taste, you'll want more of what we can do together to improve your writing. Loyal current clients, you are welcome to use the discount, too, or tell a friend. Consider these possibilities:

  • One-time evaluation, up to 1000 words, usually $50 - just $40 after the discount
  • Consultation for up to 50 minutes, usually $50 - just $40 after the discount
  • THE BEST DEAL! Consultation for up to 30 minutes, usually $30 - just $20 after the discount

Psst . . . If you're thinking of a larger order, hold tight. I have a better deal coming for the second half of the month!


(Photo courtesy Glenn Marsch)


Welcome to My Remodeled Website!

Photo of monarch butterfly, by Glenn Marsch

I am excited to share with you the fancy new website I have just created for Writing Assessment Services, just in time for everyone to start thinking about "Back to School." Please take a look around and see the new offerings (live online meetings!) as well as the old favorites (Progymnasmata!).  During the first week of August I will be introducing a special for the month of August, good for returning clients and new ones. Be sure to follow my new page on Facebook -  Writing Assessment Services - so you can keep up to date on the latest developments . . .


(Photo courtesy Glenn Marsch)


Writing Assessment Services

Cindy Rinaman Marsch

154 Dight Road

Slippery Rock, PA  16057


Serving you online since 1996 . . .

Cindy Rinaman Marsch is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Please note: I recently discovered my name and some of my work associated with the academically dishonest website studybay. I signed up with them to see if I could find my info but was unable to, and they are unresponsive to my requests to be cleared out of their files. I have no connection to them and do not endorse them. (5/2017)