from Rachel Thompson
A monthly membership community that will help you set and meet 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
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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.”
“My advice: if you have a chance to learn from Rachel Thompson, you should take it!”
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 has a chosen theme with either a lesson on that theme, a guided writing prompt, or writing workshop. We have guest interviews 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.
PLUS, if you decide to remain a member for three years, you will never pay again. (Your membership converts to a lifetime membership.)
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 hour 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 and restart your membership when you’re ready again. (Note 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 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.