Stuck in Revision?
Learn to self-edit your writing and make your words shine with...

Revision Love ​will help you gain the confidence and know-how to make your writing brilliant.

bring your skills to the next level WITH LOTS OF HELP FROM ME!

Hi, I'm Rachel Thompson, 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 help ​you write and publish​ your ​most luminous work.

WHAT DO OTHER WRITERS SAY ABOUT MY COURSES?
Watch this Two-Minute Video to Find Out!

"I feel like the lessons were built for me. Oh my gosh, I needed this so much! I have so many ideas, revelations, and a lot of clarity around the piece."

WHITNEY FRENCH

“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

Tara Borin

"This revision course was a great help to me. 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

“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

Dorryce Smelts

“I feel more prepared to take my stories apart and put them back together. Before taking this course, I worried that too drastic a change would make it fall apart.”

JULIE HART

"The poem I wrote during the program was published in a literary magazine. I also published two short stories after that so my writing really improved after taking this course."

MARIE HOY

Marie Hoy

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

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 Curriculum

​WHAT​'s IN THE COURSE?

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.​
  • 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.​
  • 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​. ​
  • 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.
  • 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.​​ ​
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.​
  • 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.

​the Course​ includes

  • Lifetime Access to ​a Private Course Group—​​Get ​Feedback ​And ​Support!
  • Lifetime Access to Materials and Updates to the Lessons—​Updated ​Annually!

Self-directed course

Registration ​now Open​!

​Start right away ​and work through the ten lessons at your own pace.​You'll ​also be able to ask questions and get support in our warm course community.

(​Price​ ​is ​250 USD​ with​ ​applicable taxes​​ included​​.)

​guided course

Registration ​closed

​Registration for the ​five-week guided session opens ​a couple times per year​​​​. ​​​​​Self-directed students​ can upgrade to join a future guided session​ ​at a discount.

(​Price​ ​is 350​ USD​ with​ ​applicable taxes​​ included​​.)


​next ​session:​ ​spring 2020

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“Rachel Thompson is a teacher who speaks with warmth, empathy, good humour, and authority. She provides invaluable advice and support to writers, making even the most difficult challenges seem surmountable.”

Doretta
Lau

author of How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?

Created by & © Rachel Thompson, 2018-2019