I’m Rachel Thompson,

a literary magazine editor, a published poet and essayist, but you might call me a creative connector.

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

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 stuckness. 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.

My official bio will tell you my collection of poetry, Galaxy, was published by Anvil Press and won SFU’s First Book Competition and that I am an editor with Room magazine.

My unofficial bio confesses that I like my writing messy and a little wild-eyed.

I want to feel you, writer, out there, pulsing in your pages.

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 want to help you share your story and make it shine. In turn, I hope it lightens your burden and that people are enlightened by what you share.

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, true words 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 sorts of expectations.)

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 updates for 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