Hello, I’m Rachel.

You’re here, dear writer. I feel your ache to share your truest, bravest, most heart-felt writing. I love that, because…

I am here to help you write and publish your most luminous words.

I share free articles and love letters to writers.
I offer a membership community that comes with supportive feedback on your writing, help with accountability, and lessons on writing craft, publishing, and connecting with readers.

I believe a warm writing community will help you find:

  • The bravery to reveal your voice.
  • 
The self-trust to stay true to your heart.
  • 
The tenacity to go for your dream.

If you’re ready to become a luminary author, then read on…

 

My Story

As a child, I drew a self-portrait of myself as a bottle full of inky swirls, pushing toward the top, where a giant stopper held everything tightly inside.

This is to say…

I have always felt flooded by emotions and full of swirling ideas.

It is also to say…

I have long felt silenced.

Where I come from, there was a lot of shushing and stoppering that made me yearn to be truly seen and heard.

So, like many quiet children, I turned to books.

I could live loudly and vicariously in their pages and did until an elementary-school teacher encouraged me to write. Eureka!

Writing became the place where I expressed my hidden feelings and observations.

I grew up, got an English degree, and built a career in communications. But I continued creative writing on and off over the years until I landed in the poetry and lyric prose program at Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio. There the program founder, Betsy Warland, taught me my most important lesson about writing:

We write alone, but we can only keep writing with the help of a community of writers. And I had found mine.

Meeting and working alongside other writers helped me understand what had been missing in my on-and-off writing years. With their help, I generated enough writing to complete my first collection of poems, Galaxy, published by Anvil Press.

The same year my book came out, I had a personal tragedy stop me from writing.

As I let my voice free to be heard by the world, I found out I was due to become a mother. With this role, I imagined, I could get it right and help this little life grow up feeling heard and understood.

Sadly, my baby was stillborn. I was no longer a mother. In the tsunami of grief that washed over my life, I felt like I couldn’t continue to be an author, either.

I didn’t want to write about my life anymore because I couldn’t bear to share so much suffering.

So, I put the stopper back on the bottle, locking in all those emotions and ideas again.

Fortunately, there were books. I found my way through the works of authors who suffered loss, and found healing.

In this time of not writing, I still craved a writing community and so I edited my first issue of Room magazine on the theme of loss. The tender truths each contributor shared showed me how to write my own story.

Today, I am still writing my truest feelings, and figuring things out on the pages I fill.

I’m also busy raising two children, whose voices I cherish and encourage to be heard. (Of course, this is infinitely harder than I imagined.) And, I’m inspired by the love and connections we create in this here writing community.

I believe if we let our messages out of the bottle, we get to live fuller lives. Lives where we are genuinely seen and in which we see others.

I believe that by writing honestly and attentively, we express our true hearts and can connect in a fundamentally disconnected world.

 

 

“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

Some Interviews I’ve Done Over the Years:
Some Nice Things People Have Said About My Work:

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

Deborah Johnstone

“Rachel Thompson provides invaluable advice and support to writers, making even the most difficult challenges seem surmountable.”

Doretta Lau

about Working with me

I love helping writers grow in a warm community, because community is essential to writing.

I believe a warm writing community will help you find:

  • The bravery to reveal your voice.
  • 
The self-trust to stay true to your heart.
  • 
The tenacity to go for your dream.

 

Find out what it’s like to work with me in this two-minute video…

My Core Values

Do you resonate with any of the following? If yes, maybe our stars align and we’re a match to work together.

Bravery

Writing calls me to show up, exposed and vulnerable, open to criticism and rejection.

Empathy

Writing allows me to connect and deeply understand—your pain, my heart.

self-trust

I keep loyal to my values and what feels right to me, trusting my own voice in writing.

Patience

I write in my own time, in my own way, honing-in on what’s essential for me to write.

Justice

I work to amplify the writing of those who have been marginalized and silenced. 

Transparency

I am open and honest about the hard parts of writing—self-doubt, fear, and envy.

Fear is a light

When I am afraid to try something, it illuminates where I must go.

Envy is a compass

When I’m envious of writerly peers, I learn where I want to go in my writing life.

A Little More About Me…

I’m an INFP…

In the Myers-Briggs system, INFPs are said to live authentically and according to their internal values and feelings and enjoy helping people become their most authentic and ideal selves. (This checks out!) 

I’m a Canadian, Living Abroad…

I recently relocated to a village by the Red Sea in Egypt, where my partner is from. I’m grateful for a work-life that allows me to live in this multicultural spot and the slowed-down nature of our lifestyle here.

My Writing Life is a Balancing Act…

Out of necessity, I bring a spirit of experimentation to my writing practice, which is always being revised like a first draft. I openly share my successes and fumblings at finding “balance” in my writing life.

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