Hi, I’m Rachel Thompson.

I confess I like my writing messy and a little wild-eyed.

I want to feel you, writer, out there, pulsing in your pages, maybe even bleeding a bit, maybe a little embarrassed about bleeding all over the page, but rallying and realizing that you’re okay, you survived.

When I broke open a few years ago, when I was both literally and figuratively broken inside, I felt incredibly connected to the writers I love.

I never apologize for wanting to help you tell your story and make it shine in the hope it lightens your burden when people are enlightened by what you share. (Almost as much as I love a good light metaphor.)

I teach writers to get published in lit mags, but—another confession—I care little about all the publication credits rolling in. I get updates from students several times per week with links to their latest publications, but what I love more than a publication credit is if a writer gets to reveal raw, real, truth to readers.

I realize this messiness may divide us. I know for sure some of you may be invested in some of the ways that we push back against (let’s face it) women writers because it’s what we’ve been taught by sanctified writing workshops and all-knowing writing mentors. Me, I’m done living up to these expectations.

I remember re-meeting an acquaintance after many years during which he became well-known in modernist poetry circles. He had built a big following. In our small talk about the writing life, I lamented about the resistance I had with getting down to my writing practice. He shrugged and said, writers write.

When I think back on this, I can’t help but consider what he got out of the trappings of writing versus what I was getting out of it. He had young women hanging onto his words, and I had the real fear of being cut off from my family. I was writing for my own sanity and survival, up against gaslights and consequences from speaking out of turn.

More About Me

I’m a literary magazine editor, a published poet and essayist, but you might call me a creative connector. (I cherish writing community and love it when writers shine.)

I help writers feel confident and ready to reveal their most luminous words.

My collection of poetry, Galaxy, was published by Anvil Press and won SFU’s First Book Competition and I am an editor with Room magazine.

I know from coaching hundreds of writers that it might feel easier for you to let those pages languish in a drawer, succumbing to the forces of overwhelm and stuck. Yet, it’s the intimate connection with readers who cherish our words that affirms our soul. (So what’s easier, really? Soul denying?)

I’m someone who loses track of time when I talk with another writer—these days that’s often live, on camera, in webinars and online courses.

I believe the world needs your writing. Yes, yours. If you’re called to create words on a page—whether you believe they are literary or not (and who gets to tell you they aren’t?)—and you want to connect with editors, readers who really get you, but you just need a guide to help you share your writing and prepare to shine, I would love to connect. Sign up for my love letters to writers, below.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
—Anaïs Nin

"Rachel is a luminous guide offering equal parts gentle prompts and discerning truths."

Deborah Johnstone

Freelance Writer and Editor