WRITERLY LOVE

Reach Your Dreamiest Writing Goals

Monthly lessons on writing and the “business” of writing—with goal-setting and accountability support.

Presented by Rachel Thompson

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You'll be notified when registration opens again in January 2020.

Take your writing to the next level in a warm community of writers

Just because we write alone, doesn’t mean we’re resigned to a lonely writing life.

I know in my heart of hearts that connecting to a community of writers will help us reach and surpass our goals. That’s why I created Writerly Love.

The ongoing, monthly course comes with heartfelt feedback and supportive accountability to help you reach your dreamiest writing goals this year.

Is Writerly Love right for you?

I’ve taught hundreds of writers strategies and coached them to develop the mindset they need to publish their writing. I’m thrilled to say that what I teach works—writers who work with me and follow my lessons, go on to write and publish brilliant work.

If you want to reach some big goals with your writing this year, but need accountability to see them through, I’ve built this community for you. Writerly Love is flexible so that you can incorporate it into your writing life. No matter how busy your schedule is, you can do the lessons and connect in our warm community of writers whenever it works for you.

Yes, It’s for you…

…if you’ve set writing goals but found you lacked the accountability you needed to see it through.

…if you’ve wondered if there is a place for your voice in the sea of writing out there already.

…if you want to build momentum for your writing practice.

…if you want to try a fresh approach to set and meet your writing goals.

…if you feel stuck or stagnant and want guidance on how to bring your writing to the next level.

…if you want to make time for your writing, but somehow never manage the time to do it.

…if you want to make vital writing connections and learn writing-career essentials from publishing experts.

 

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Monthly Themes

This is an ongoing, monthly program where we have lessons on writing craft, platform, and publishing.

Here are upcoming lessons in Writerly Love: 

September: SET GOALS You keep

Set goals and build a system for you to achieve those goals in the months ahead.

October: feedback

Workshop your writing in a small group and learn how to give feedback and what to do with the feedback you receive for your writing.

November: writerly PLATFORM

Building your writing presence online and a personalized plan to connect with readers and promote your writing.

December: writing difference

Learn techniques and best practices for writing characters and settings from cultures and experiences that are not yours.

Lesson Library

Each month I’ll also guide you to a lesson in our library, which includes assignments, worksheets, and/or audio and video, plus expert interviews on the following topics:

Voice & speaking

Techniques to read your work aloud and the different kinds of reading your work requires.

FINDING THEME

Uncover the deeper meaning in your writing and discover new themes you can explore in your work.

generating

Guided sessions that help you write work that uses all the senses and deeply connect with your readers.

BETTER REVISION

How to revise and simplify your writing, solve problems in your manuscript. Plus how to identify and amplify energetic places in your work.

Preparation to publish

Concrete steps to take so you can find an agent or publisher to champion your writing.

Character & setting

Uncover your characters (fictional or real) and how place and time impacts them.

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

Deborah Johnstone

Pushcart-Prize nominee

“Rachel deeply cares about helping emerging and established writers.
She believes in building and cultivating writing communities—spaces for writers to meet, share work, get feedback, and grow.”

Marlena Chertock

Author of Crumb-Sized

“My advice: if you have a chance to learn from Rachel Thompson, you should take it!”

A.L. Bishop

Fiction writer

Monthly Publishing Professional Guests

Our monthly guests in the Writerly Love community are writing and publishing professionals, including:

Betsy Warland

Author of a dozen books of poetry, creative nonfiction, and lyric prose

Léonicka Valcius

Transatlantic Agency

Lilly Dancyger

Memoir Editor of Narratively, and the Burn It Down anthology

Doretta Lau

Author of How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?

Carrianne Leung

Author of The Wondrous Woo and That Time I Loved You, and educator. 

Meghan Bell

Publisher, Room magazine

Maya Marshall

Senior Editor, [PANK]

Miranda Pearson

Author of four poetry collections

How the Writerly Love Community Works

Each month has a chosen theme, a lesson on that theme, a guest interview, and a live call to check in on your progress.

There are two live calls held the last Sunday of the month (9:30 a.m. Pacific/12:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. UK) and last Monday of the month (6:30 a.m. Pacific/9:30 a.m. ET/2:30 p.m. UK).

Throughout the month, writers regularly check in and can get answers to their questions in our private course community.

Here’s What the Program Looks Like at a glance:

A lesson each month

Every month you’ll get a lesson (or lessons) related to that month’s theme. Throughout the month, emails, PDF worksheets, and guest interview videos will add to your learning and support you as you follow through with the goals you set for your writing. Lessons are designed to take two to four hours per month to complete, at your own pace.

15+ expert interviews/Year

Every month you’ll get a video interview with one or two experts in that month’s theme. You’ll often have the option to join the interview live so and ask our questions directly to our expert guest.

Monthly live calls with me

Join me every month for a live call where you can ask me anything and share your progress or challenges for that month.

These are held on the last Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. UK and the last Monday of the month at 6:30 a.m. PT / 9:30 a.m. ET / 2:30 UK.

Writers don’t need to come live, to benefit from the support and accountability in the course. You can submit a question ahead of time, watch the call replay, and interact with us in our community platform.

 

personal manuscript consultation

(Full-year subscribers only)

Once per year, you’ll get a manuscript consultation with me—a personal call to discuss your writing.  I will make suggestions on how to revise it and where to send it for publication. This is FREE for annual subscribers and available after one year of a monthly subscription. 

 

Private community

Throughout the year you’ll get access to a private community (on Slack) where you can connect and share what you’re learning with other writers. Get accountability, share your wins, swap ideas, and find encouragement when you need it.

Set and reach goals

Stay on track with your writing goals in monthly reflections and exercises tailored to your writing life. Each month you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on and improve your writing practice to stay on track for your goals. 

Who am I?

 

I’m Rachel Thompson, a literary magazine editor, published poet and essayist. You could call me a creative connector.

I help writers feel develop the skills, confidence, and community they need to publish their writing.

My official bio will tell you my collection of poetry, Galaxy, was published by Anvil Press and that I am an editor with Room magazine.

My unofficial bio will confess that I like my writing messy and a little wild-eyed. (I want to feel you, writer, out there, pulsing in the pages.)

 I’m someone who loses track of time when I talk with another writer—these days that’s often live on camera, in programs such as this one. Care to get caught up in an inspiring moment with me?

Rachel's a great teacher. I REALLY appreciate her down-to-earth style.

Sarah Rhea Werner

Host of The Write Now Podcast

Get On the Waitlist

You'll be notified when registration opens again in January 2020.

FAQ

What’s the daily and monthly time commitment?

To take advantage of all the resources provided (videos, goal tracking, live calls, worksheets, and community engagement), you’ll need about 1-2 hours per week, depending on your pace and preferences. I’ve created this program with a balance of both structure and flexibility, so it’s easy for writers to fit into a busy schedule.

Is it possible to sign up for just a few months of this program by choosing the monthly fee option?

Yes, you can cancel at any time on the monthly fee option. Registration will open just a few times per year, and you would be able to join again if you’d like when registration opens again. (Though the price is subject to increase.)

is this program for those new to writing?

Absolutely. Our community is diverse in age and experience. You will feel at ease and included no matter what you’re writing and what stage you are at in your writing life. You set goals that fit you and we help you reach them with gentle guidance and encouragement.

Do I have to have a Facebook account to join the community?

No. Our online community is in a private application called Slack, so our conversation is truly private and between us.

Will the membership community Help me truly build relationships with other writers?

Yes! Registration only opens three times per year and I give time for you to get to know one another before we workshop your writing in small groups. It’s truly the warmest writers who join this community, and I know you’ll make lifelong writing-connections that will help you grow and develop in your community of writers.

Still Have Questions?