from Rachel Thompson
A membership community that will help you
reach your dreamiest writing goals.
Take your writing to the next level in a warm community of writers.
Is Writerly Love right for you?
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 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.
What writers say about our community
Watch this two-minute video to find out...
This is an ongoing, monthly program where we alternate lessons on writing craft, platform, and publishing with guided writing sessions and small group workshops.
Here are some of the themes in Writerly Love:
SET GOALS You keep
Set goals and build a system for you to achieve those goals in the months ahead.
Workshop your writing in a small group and learn how to give and get feedback—including what to do with the feedback you receive for your writing.
Building your writing presence online and a personalized plan to connect with readers and promote your writing.
Learn techniques and best practices for writing characters and settings from cultures and experiences that are not yours.
Voice & speaking
Techniques to read your work aloud and the different kinds of reading your work requires.
Uncover the deeper meaning in your writing and discover new themes you can explore in your work.
Guided sessions that help you write work that uses all the senses and deeply connect with your readers.
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.
building a writing website
A guided workshop to teach you how to create your own website, with lots of support for writers who don’t feel tech savvy.
Create more possibility for connection with readers, and find more satisfaction as you write and reach essential truths in your work.
“Rachel is a luminous guide offering equal parts gentle prompts and discerning truths.”
“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.”
“If you have a chance to learn from Rachel Thompson, you should take it!”
Set Shuter: From imposter syndrome to her most productive (and confident) year of writing!
“Before Writerly Love, my writing practice was sporadic and I suffered from imposter syndrome. I never had the chance to enroll in an MFA program, so I felt isolated and lost, with no clear path to finding my place in any writing community. I also believed my work wasn’t good enough to have real writers read it, let alone have something published.
Since joining Writerly Love and completing the monthly lessons, I’ve developed a daily writing practice and made writer friends who are local to me, as well as a few around the world. To my surprise, this past year was by far the most productive one I’ve ever had: I wrote an autobiographical stage show and an accompanying book of essays, learned how to edit my work through monthly lessons and workshops, and polished a short story for submission that I’d abandoned.
Now, I feel more confident than ever about my writing and have found my place in a supportive community. Writerly Love has helped me focus on my writing, develop my personal brand as a writer, and reminded me that my work is worth reading.”
Lynn Trudeau: room to love, grow and tell Her story!
“Do you find yourself skipping your daily writing practice or doubting your ability? Do you have that idea for a novel floating somewhere in the back of your mind but don’t yet know how to coax it onto the starkness of the blank page?
This was me before joining the Writerly Love writing community. I relied solely on my hometown writing group to review my manuscripts once every six months and in between those times I was flying solo.
This online writing community that Rachel created provides support and encouragement to follow my writing dreams. Whether it’s a desire to increase submissions to lit mags, get reviews on manuscripts in-progress, hear about other writer’s challenges and how they meet them and/or most of all to continuously expose myself to productive writing energy and practices, this platform supports my writing aspirations.
I work on each month’s lesson at my own pace and I especially like the videos and worksheets that Rachel develops to present each new theme. The quarterly workshops have increased the amount of writing that I’m ready to publish. The most recent lesson on creating an author platform has truly inspired me to risk dreaming about writing a novel.
On a macro level, being a member of the Writerly Love community has allowed me to see less differences and more similarities between me and all writers who strive to carve out time to WRITE by prioritizing writing into their busy lives.
Rachel uses her deeply engaging style to interview editors, agents and authors on a wide variety of topics. Listening to these helps me to keep an eye on the larger world where writers meet publishing goals.
Standout examples of interviews for me over the last year are: the author of Breathing the Page, Betsy Warland speaking about deep revision of manuscripts and also Room Magazine’s publisher, Meghan Bell discussing the magazine’s behind the scene process of reading submissions as well as leveraging lit mag publishing to book publishing. She also explains the chances of publishing submissions in literary magazines via contests vs open submissions. Each interview is packed with gems to whet any creative writing appetite and also to answer nuts and bolts questions.
The heart of Writerly Love is the relationships that bloom between writers. These interactions are invaluable to me. And I can’t thank the writers enough for their kindness, patience and willingness to pay forward what they’ve been given because in Writerly Love there’s always room to love, grow and tell your story!”
some of our Publishing Professional Guests
Our program guests in the Writerly Love community are writing and publishing professionals, including:
Author of a dozen books of poetry, creative nonfiction, and lyric prose.
Memoir Editor at Narratively, and the Burn It Down anthology
Author of How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?
Author of The Wondrous Woo and That Time I Loved You.
Former Publisher, Room.
Senior Editor, [PANK].
Author of four poetry collections.
M. Paramita Lin
Writer, editor, personal branding expert.
Sarah Rhea Werner
Writer, podcaster, encourager.
Kim Davids Mandar
Bookish Radio co-host.
Journalist, author, stand-up comedian.
How the Writerly Love Community Works
Each month we have either a lesson on a theme, a guided writing session, or writing workshop where you can exchange work for feedback. We have a guest interview you can attend live every second month. Throughout the year, writers check in and can get answers to their questions in our private course community, or in our quarterly live check-in call.
Here’s What the Program Looks Like at a glance:
one lesson, prompt, or workshop every month
Each month we alternate between a lesson related to writing craft, a lesson on building a writing platform, writing prompts, and small group writing workshops.
Throughout each month, emails, worksheets, guided audio writing prompts, and guest interviews will add to your learning and support you as you follow through on the goals you set for your writing.
Lessons are designed to take two to four hours per month to complete, at your own pace.
6+ expert interviews/year
Every other month we host one or two experts in that month’s theme—from writing craft specifics to building a writing platform.
You’ll often have the option to join the interview live and ask our questions directly to our expert guests.
Quarterly live calls
Join me four times per year for a live call where you can ask me about our lessons and discuss your progress or challenges.
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 me in our community platform.
one Personal manuscript consultation per year
Once each year, you’ll get a manuscript consultation with me—a personal call to discuss your writing. I will make suggestions on how to revise your work and where to send it for publication.
This is FREE for annual subscribers and available after the anniversary of your monthly subscription.
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 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.
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.
Rachel's a great teacher. I REALLY appreciate her down-to-earth style.
How much does the membership cost?
There are two membership options to get access to all the lessons, guides, guest videos and prompts, past, present, and future. Monthly membership costs $40. Annual membership costs $400 (you save $80). All prices are in USD and include all applicable taxes.
Note, you can cancel at any time, however if you decide to remain a member for three years, you will never pay again after three consecutive years in the program. (Your membership will convert to a lifetime membership and you’ll keep getting new content and ongoing support.)
What’s the daily and monthly time commitment?
To take advantage of all the resources provided (videos, accountability, live calls, worksheets, and community engagement), you’ll need about 2-4 hours per month, 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 and restart your membership when you’re ready again.
Note, if you decide to remain a member for three years, you will never pay again after three consecutive years in the program. (Your membership converts to a lifetime membership.)
is this program only for those new to writing?
It’s for writers both new to writing and writers with some experience and sucess with writing. 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 need to have a Facebook account to join the community?
Absolutely not! Our online community is in a private application called Slack, and our conversation stays 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.