Jo Riccioni

Jo Riccioni is a novelist and short story writer. Her latest novel, The Rising, is the explosive conclusion to her duology that started with The Branded. The series is a young adult epic fantasy adventure which has caused a buzz among readers and the publishing industry. Jo's first novel, The Italians at Cleat's Corner Store won the International Rubery Award for fiction and was shortlisted for the New Angle Prize in the UK, while her short stories have won competitions around the world and been optioned for short film.

As well as being a novelist, Jo has been a manuscript assessor and creative writing teacher for more than eight years. She has also taught high school English and day-workshops in creative writing for schools around Sydney.

Some of Jo's books include:


What our students say about Jo:

“I really loved getting feedback from Jo – she was always really balanced and provided great insight into the work required to write a book.”

– Marnie

“Jo made the writing assignment process very nonthreatening, welcoming and inclusive. I enjoyed it very much and looked forward each week to Jo’s feedback.”

– Amanda Barnier

“I thought Jo was great. By chance I had recently read her book and loved it, so I already had a lot of respect for her standing in the industry. I found her feedback really insightful and thought her suggestions made a lot of sense.”

– Holly Slinger

“LOVED the tutor; no matter how many times I proofread it Jo gave me feedback to improve my writing.”

– Alana Lucarelli

“Jo was really engaging, helpful and encouraging. Her feedback was cast at the right balance of empathy and constructive criticism. She had a warmness that encouraged all levels of writers in the class.”

– Kate McKinnon

Presenter for:

Writing Workout
Have the foundation skills for fiction but itching for more practice? Complete writing exercises and receive tutor feedback to develop your ideas and perfect your storytelling techniques.
Teenage Creative Writers’ Program
Allow your teen to unleash their talent in this 10-week program. They’ll grow their storytelling skills under the guidance of their own mentor (an award-winning author!) and receive personalised feedback along the way.
Creative Writing Stage 1
Want to write fiction? Want it to be amazing? Dive into a supportive environment of creativity, information and inspiration!

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