Revision Love Course

Self-edit your writing and make your words shine.

October 5–November 9, 2020

A Five-Week Guided Course

Become a skillful editor of your own writing, with lots of help and feedback for each assignment from an author and a literary magazine editor (that’s me!). Gain confidence as you bring your revision skills—and writing career—to the next level.

Revision Love Course

Is this you?

  • You’re stuck in revision.
  • You avoid taking a piece of your writing apart because you are unsure how to put it back together again.
  • You have trouble discerning which advice to heed after a writing critique.
  • You need motivation to go back to your drafts and bring them home.

If you identified with any of the above, Revision Love is for you.

Rachel Thompson

Self-Edit & Make Your Words Shine!

After Revision Love...

  • You’ll confidently edit your own writing.
  • You’ll have ten concrete strategies that will improve your writing.
  • You’ll know how to receive (and give) good feedback.
  • Your writing will be ready for publication.
Rachel Thompson

Hi, I'm rachel Thompson

Bring your self-editing skills to the next level with lots of help from me!

I am a literary magazine editor (with Room), a published author, and the host of the Lit Mag Love Podcast (For Creative Writers Who Want to Publish). 

I am here to help ​you write and publish​ your ​most luminous work.

I feel like the lessons were built for me. I have so many ideas, revelations, and a lot of clarity about my writing now.

Whitney French

Editor, Black Writing Matters

The fact that Rachel is an editor as well as writer, felt like she was qualified from a unique and valuable perspective. The revision techniques I learned in the course has helped me challenge myself more, and I’m more confident as I write my stories.

Dorryce Smelts

Fiction Writer

I was able to put on my revision hat on as I worked through a piece that I’m surprised and delighted to say won first place in the Prairie Fire CNF contest.

Jagtar Atwal

Winner, Prairie Fire Creative Non-Fiction Contest 2018

During the course, I was able to polish and organize a chapbook manuscript and it was shortlisted for Quattro’s Best New Canadian Poets contest!

Tara Borin

Author, The Pit (forthcoming, 2021)

Revision Love Student Story

“How Kate Went from Having Doubts About Her Writing To Making Business Cards That Say: I’m a Writer!”

Kate Finegan smiling in a black and white photo with long hair, blowing in the wind, and a historic-looking building behind her.

Kate Finegan teaches at a university by day. When she’s not working on her novel, she writes short stories for a bit of a break.

Before Kate took Revision Love, she says she felt very alone in her writing process.

“I moved to Toronto two years ago, but I still feel like I’m struggling to find my people. Finding a network of writers to help me with my revision process has probably been the hardest thing for me, because I have social anxiety.”

A lot of Kate’s concerns about her writing came from self doubt.

“There’s always the feeling with revision that I’m just kinda moving things around and changing things, but I don’t know if I’m actually making it any better or just making it different, or maybe making it worse!”

She wondered, “Am I just being a perfectionist, or am I just changing things recklessly and not making anything better?”

She said that being completely isolated in her revision made that feeling worse, because she didn’t have anyone to bounce ideas off of. She was reading books and blog posts about revision, and how to make a story better, but she said it was so much nicer in the course when she had other people to talk to and say “here’s what I’m actually going through and how can I fix this one issue that’s actually in my story, and not just advice for a generic story.”

Before signing up for Revision Love, Kate was nervous about it. 

“But then, getting into the course I found that everybody was supportive. I wasn’t the little baby bird writer where everybody else was better than me and wouldn’t listen to the work that I was writing. That aspect of the community made me feel validated and that the work I am doing is valuable. I can hold onto that when I’m working by myself and know that there are other people struggling through the same kinds of revision issues that I’m having.”

Now she says, “I feel more confident because I feel like I have tools that can help me if I’m getting stuck on my writing.”

After completing the course, Kate finished the first draft of her novel (325 pages!), revised a second draft, joined a writers’ group dedicated to her genre, and submitted segments of the novel for publication in lit mags (18 times!). She placed as runner up in The Puritan‘s contest and is currently on the shortlist for the Cambridge Short Story Prize for the piece she worked on during the course.

“Having a step-by-step plan for revision helps me overcome that gut-sinking feeling of oh gosh, now I have to revise this thing. Having this toolkit makes revision a less daunting process, which means I’m more eager to sit down and do it, and less likely to allow fear and discouragement to keep me away from my desk.”

“I feel very good about the future of my writing and a lot of that came from the course—helping me feel prepared and ready and like I’m actually a real writer.”

(Kate even made business cards to hand out at writing events to connect with other writers!)

Revision Love Course Details


There are ​ten ​lessons​ to help you develop ​the self-editing skills you need to​ make your writing shine. Each lesson builds on the next as you work on one work in progress. Here’s​ the entire ​course curriculum so you can make sure ​Revision Love is right for you:

The Course​ Also Includes

  • Lifetime Access to ​a Private Course Group—​​Get ​Feedback ​And ​Support!
  • Weekly group calls to discuss ​your writing and the ​lessons.
  • Lifetime Access to Materials and Updates to the Lessons—​Updated ​Annually!
  1. Lesson One—Openings
    ​​How to write an opening that will hook your readers from the beginning. ​​​After this lesson, you’ll be able to craft an opening that​ compels ​your reader to continue, hungry for​ more.
  2. Lesson ​Two—Endings
    ​How to identify a​ fitting way to end your story or poem. ​By the end of this lesson, you’ll ​find several new ways to end your piece and probably surprise yourself with what you learn about endings.​
  3. ​Lesson ​Three—​Expanding Energy
    ​How to resuscitate​ your draft when its​ energy dwindles.​ After this lesson, you’ll know​ where ​your​ writing vibrates​​ and has momentum, where ​it fizzles​, and how to fix this.​
  4. ​Lesson ​Four—​Making Sense
    ​How to ​assess (and fix) causality problems in your writing. And for poets, how to squeeze more meaning out of every line in your work.​ After this lesson, you’ll ​identify all the cause and effects in your narrative and ​make the meaning crystal clear​
  5. ​​Lesson ​Five—​​Getting Specific
    ​​How to ​write more precisely and ​invite readers in​.​ ​By the end of this lesson, you’ll know how to ​use concrete, specific language​ to make your work more compelling and believable.
  1. ​​Lesson ​Six—​​Bringing Balance
    ​A bird’s​ eye​ view at​ the whole of your ​piece. ​When you’re done this lesson, you’ll​ ​get the​ big picture ​on your writing, and learn to bring balance to the work as a whole.​​
  2. ​​Lesson ​Seven—​Emotional Resonance
    ​​How to write so your reader can ​​not only learn about other experiences, but​ feel them. ​By the end of this lesson, you’ll know in your heart and mind how to ​master​ emotion in your writing.
  3. ​​Lesson ​Eight—​Simplifying Language
    ​How to ​make your sentences and stanzas ​tighter and clearer. ​By the end of this lesson, you’ll ​have techniques to cut down baggy language, a common problem editors identify in work submitted to them.
  4. ​​Lesson ​Nine—​​Finding Theme
    ​How ​to uncover the ways your writing ​relates ​to the experience, issues, and challenges life presents. ​When you’re done this lesson, you’ll ​know how to identify themes in your writing.​
  5. ​​Lesson ​Ten—​Titles
    ​How ​to ​tackle the challenge of ​naming your work. ​​When you’re done this lesson, you’ll​ ​have several title options for your piece and be prepared to narrow it down to the ​one that best fits your work.

Revision Love Course

SAVE $50 until Sept 22.


Regular Price: $349

All prices in USD and include applicable taxes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What writing do I need to have prepared?

Ideally you would have a complete draft of creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or mixed-genre writing prepared. Don’t worry if it’s not “there” yet—that’s exactly what we’re going to work on in the course! You’ll get the most from the course when you apply the lessons to a draft you’ve already revised a couple of times on your own. Also note that many writers have found the course helped them with longer works like chapters in books or chapbooks.

How much time do I need to have available?

It’s really up to you and how much work you want to put into your revision. I’d advise you set aside 2-3 hours each week in the course week; you’ll spend most of that time polishing your writing.

When will the office hours be held?

I set our office hours at times based on an initial survey of the registered students, though they are typically held between Sunday and Thursday, and earlier in the day.

You won’t totally miss out if you work full time or can’t make any calls! Video replays are available, where I’ll answer any questions you send in advance, and I provide ongoing feedback and support in our course community.

When does the course start and end?

The course starts on October 5 and ends on November 9, 2020. (Sessions run twice per year, and this will be the final session before Spring 2021.)

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes. Email me at, so I can set your registration with a two-month installment plan ($155 each payment, for early-bird registration, and $179 each payment for regular-price registration).

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! All of my courses now have a limited number of scholarships available thanks to the generous donations of members in our course community. You’re welcome to apply using this link.

Two-thirds of all my scholarships are  awarded to BIPOC and trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit writers.

If you’d like to help support another writer with a donation to the scholarship fund, please get in touch with me using the form below.

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