a membership community for emerging writers
Let me connect you with supportive writers working on luminous poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, so you can write & publish your most brilliant words.
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Hone your craft. Build your platform. Connect with other luminous creative writers.
The Writerly Love Community is a warm, inclusive, and supportive space for creative writers to get together, learn about writing and building a platform, and grow a luminous writing career.
This Community is For Emerging Writers Who…
- want to polish and publish their writing—brand-new writers are welcome, but this community is a best fit if you are committed to honing your voice and sharing your work.
- are willing to do the work to make their writing luminous—we actively set aside imposter syndrome and artist-egoism in our authentic conversations.
- are open-minded, curious, and compassionate—we celebrate and cherish that our community of writers comes from diverse backgrounds and life paths.
- desire to connect with the writing community and are willing to openly share experiences and resources.
- are warm, approachable and excited to show up for their community
How good would it feel to stop toiling on your lonesome in that room of your own and get the support and wisdom you need to gain momentum for your writing and writing career?
Hello, I’m Rachel Thompson
Author and Literary Magazine Editor
I feel your ache to share your truest, bravest, most heartfelt writing. And I love that, because:
I am here to help you write, publish, and shine!
I come alive when I connect with writers and help them develop their craft quickly, bringing their writing to amazing (highly-publishable) new levels.
If you’re ready to learn and grow, to trust yourself and an open and honest writer who has got your back (that’s me!), I’d love to have you join the Writerly Love membership community.
What writers say about the Writerly Love Community…
In Writerly Love, I have honed in on my strengths and voice. The conversations in Slack inspired me and gave me confidence. The workshop feedback was helpful and forced me to tighten up a few pieces in order to make the deadline. Also workshopping helped practice my “exposing my writing” muscle.
Rachel’s kind and wise instruction, her asynchronous learning format, and the beautiful group of writers she attracts will keep you going through the darkest nights of the soul.
Rachel Thompson is the truth.
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All Community Members Receive
Private Community Access
Our community platform (on Slack) is the hub for writerly connection in our community. Chat with other writers, ask questions, lend support, discuss our book club books and celebrate your writerly wins with a warm community.
Weekly Group Writing Sessions
We rise and write together on Wednesdays. This mid-week pick-me-up helps you stay connected to your writing life through the week. You can come live to the early session, or write with us asynchronously with our replay video.
Monthly Book Club
We dive deep into books on craft and discuss how to apply them to our writing together with weekly reflection prompts and discussion
Our monthly prompts encourage you to grow and stretch your writing repertoire and exchange your experiences and excerpts of your work.
Expert Guest Q&A Calls
Ask your burning writing and publishing questions in group calls with publishing industry professionals.
Member-Pricing On Courses & Sometimes Exclusive Course Access
Members get special pricing (up to 50% off) all my courses and exclusive access to some courses that help you go deeper into the writing journey.
Workshop members Also Get Access to…
Peer Writing Workshop 3x/year
Workshop members continuously hone their skills with warm and inclusive live group peer writing critique workshops.
1-1 Manuscript Review Session
Workshop members also get a one-on-one writing review session with Rachel Thompson that they can do during any of the first three years of membership.
The Revision Love Course
The Revision Love course helps workshop members become more skillful editors of their own writing.
Platform Sparkle Course
Workshop members learn to build their branding and social media presence with lessons and support.
Commit to Submit Calls
Quarterly commitment calls help workshop members stay on track with submissions to lit mags and publishers.
Full-access to our library
Workshop members can access ALL of our past guest calls, lessons on craft and platform building in our growing video and resource library.
Plus…After three years of payments, Workshop Members never pay again—their membership converts to a lifetime membership.
Writerly Love is helpful in reanimating dwindling motivation!
I like the feeling of community and mutual support, the concrete feedback and guidance.
I am getting better at revising my work, I also sort-of overcame my fear of rejection (sort-of) and I’m submitting more, I’m able to see my own “brand” more clearly. During the intense, initial stages of the pandemic I was also able to express myself through writing as a result of the live guided writing sessions (which had the added benefit of making me feel less lonely).
We write alone, but we keep writing with the help of a community of writers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which membership level is right for me?
Writerly Love has two membership levels, depending on what you need for your writing…
The Community membership level is for writers simply looking for access to a warm writing community and motivation to write. Writers in this level will meet all the members in our private community space, join weekly group-writing sessions, do writing prompts alongside other writers, discuss our monthly craft book read, and check-in for writing accountability in our community.
The Workshop membership level is for writers looking for more direct support, resources, and feedback on their writing. Writers at the workshop level also join live sessions of my course on revision (Revision Love, two months per year), and on platform building (Platform Love, with extra guidance and support offered four months each year).
I’m New to Writing—Is Writerly Love for Me?
This community is a best fit for writers ready to hone their voice and start publishing their writing. You could be ready to take that step even if you’ve just started writing—and if this is the case, you’re welcome to join us.
Is this community only for women?
While it’s true that Writerly Love members are primarily women and nonbinary writers, all genders are welcome.
The most important qualities we seek in members are open-mindedness, curiosity, warmth, and compassion.
Is this community only for introverts?
It is true that most of our members are introverted and many (including Rachel) fall into the rare INFP category in the Myers-Briggs’ personality system.
Let’s just say that introverted writers will find their introversion well catered-to in this community, but extroverted writers are most welcome to join in, too.
What if I want more support and want to work more directly with Rachel?
Coming soon will be an Advanced Workshop membership level. This will be an application-based program and open only to writers already at the Workshop-level in our community.
What payment options are available?
I offer monthly and annual payment plans for each membership level. If you choose an annual plan, you will save $25 on each yearly payment. All plans automatically renew to the credit card or PayPal account used for your first purchase. You can update your payment methods anytime within the membership website.
Workshop-level plans change to lifetime memberships after three years of payments. (They never pay again after three years and continue to enjoy all the workshop-level membership benefits.)
What is your cancellation policy?
When you sign-up, you’re committing to a month or a year of membership. You can cancel anytime and if you do your membership will not renew and you will not be charged on your next payment date.
All memberships are non-refundable.
Can I change my membership level after I join?
Yes! You can change between membership levels in your membership account area.
Do you offer sliding-scale pricing?
Yes! The next enrollment period, which starts May 18, 2021, will include sliding-scale pricing in the hopes to provide more access for writers in this moment when so many of us have lost jobs or have had our income drastically reduced.
Am I ready to take this step for my writing?
You read all the FAQs and made it to the bottom of this LONG page, somaybe you answered your own question. (Yes!)
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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.
Working with Rachel Thompson transformed my writing by opening avenues to publications, developing community, and furthering my commitment to craft. Rachel is a fantastic mentor.