Six Senses

Live Guided Writing Sessions

Engage Your Sensory Writing Skills

Six Senses of Summer Writing Series collage of the five senses: spoons of spices, a person's ear, a person looking at their hands, a board with the text "notice your senses," a person smelling a flower, a silk bedsheet

Six sensory writing Sessions

hone your embodied writing

For writers working in any genre who want to sharpen their sensory, embodied writing skills and deepen their writing practice. Participate in grounded writing exercises and connect with a community of writers this summer.

How it works

Participate in six live guided writing sessions where we follow the five senses (plus one more) and focus on the craft of embodied writing. Our activities will include:

  • Timed creative writing prompts that explore each sense with a focus on its narrative possibility. (Alternatives provided for any senses inaccessible to you.)
  • Guided meditations to explore imagery for your writing. 
  • Entirely optional opportunities to share what you’re writing.
Rachel Thompson sitting at a pink chair, holding a book, looking at the camera.

About Rachel Thompson

More About The Series Presenter…

In addition to being an author and editor with Room magazine, I teach emerging writers to hone their craft and publish their most luminous words.

​Rachel Thompson is the truth.

Whitney French

Editor, Black Writing Matters

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, Crumb Sized

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.

Rowan McCandless

Author, Persephone’s Children

Series Details

Live Guided Writing Calls
Dates: July 6, 13, 20 and August 10, 17, 24
Time
: 2 p.m.–3 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Pacific)

📸 You do not need to appear on camera.
🌳 Calling in from outdoors is encouraged.
🗓 If you can’t make all the calls, you can catch up on replays. 

Course Price

The suggested series price is 127 USD or three monthly payments of 47 USD.

I offer a sliding scale pricing model in the hopes to provide more access for writers and Reconciliation Pricing for BIPOC and/or Trans Writers (see below). Please consider your current income, your past and future income, and generational wealth when choosing your tier:

BIPOC +/ Trans Reconciliation Pricing

I offer Reconciliation Pricing (a 60% reduction in price) in recognition of how colonialism, white supremacy, and capitalism concentrates resources and wealth into the hands of the few at the expense of the many.

This pricing is offered ONLY to Black, Indigenous and other writers of colour and transgender writers because systemic racism and transphobia create financial disadvantages for these communities.

Because this tier is limited to 5 spots, if you are a BIPOC and/or trans writer with some means or funding, you may wish to choose from the sliding-scale tiers above.

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All prices in USD and include applicable taxes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What will we do in the series?

On six Wednesdays in the summer, writers will come together to participate in timed creative writing prompts that explore each sense with a focus on its narrative possibility. (Alternatives provided for any senses inaccessible to you.) I’ll also lead guided meditations to explore imagery for your writing. And you will have (entirely optional) opportunities to share your writing.

Do I need to have any writing experience to join the series?

Absolutely not! You are most welcome to join if you’re totally new to creative writing. It will provide a great introduction to an embodied writing practice.

Do I need to be at my desk to join?

Calling in from wherever you are (outdoors included 🌳) is encouraged. I will provide local call-in numbers or you can use the Zoom app on a smartphone to join instead of a computer.

Do I need to appear on camera to join?

 You absolutely do not need to appear on camera. For all but one the sessions NONE of us will appear on camera. I want to help you hone in on specific senses in your writing (and not Zoom video anxiety).

When does the series take place?

Dates: July 6, 13, 20 and August 10, 17, 24
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Pacific)

What if I can't make all the calls?

 If you can’t make all the calls, you can catch up on replays. (Available in video and audio formats.)

Why is the price in USD?

Because US currency is best understood by a course community made up of writers from all over the world, all of my course prices are in USD. (Additionally, all of the software I use to run my courses charge in USD, including companies based in Canada, so charging in US funds helps me cover those expenses.)

In the future, I’d love to offer other currency options, but as a small operation I’m unable to do this yet. However, if you are a Canadian who would prefer to pay by bank transfer in CAD, please get in touch with me at hello@rachelthompson.co.

A note on taxes for writers in Canada: I cover the HST/GST in your province and remit this to CRA, so the price listed above is all you pay.

What payment options are available?

You can choose from the sliding scale options above and pay in one or three installments. Please don’t hesitate to make use of the sliding scale offering that fits your circumstances.

More Questions About the Series? Ask me here.

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