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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.
"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."
“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!”
"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."
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
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!)
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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:
the Course includes
The course runs for five weeks and the next session start date will be announced later this year.
New sliding-scale pricing in 2020 from $99, for writers greatly impacted by the global crisis to $349, full price.
I've had both very new and more experienced writers go through the course and learn a lot about revision. The lessons are designed to meet you where you're at, with exercises and prompts to help you go deeper in your current project, no matter the level, and to start seeing your own work as an editor would.
There are currently ten lessons in the course, and I recommend you take 2-3 hours each lesson. Most students work on the course over five weeks, taking 4-6 hours per week to watch the course content, complete the assignments and—optionally—engage in our private online community.
Naturally, the more work you put in, the more you’ll get out of the course. So, if you don't have the time right now, you may wish to wait until the next time the course is offered. (Usually in April each year.)
The way I teach this is not to give you the mechanics of story or poety, but to help you go through your work systematically so you understand what moves to make to find your way to the best story or poem, following your own lights.
I'm available in our private course community for questions and feedback on each of your assignments. You'll also have help and support from other warm writers in our safe and encouraging community.
And we will also hold weekly live "office hours" calls during the course. 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, earlier in the day.
You won't totally miss out if you work full time or can't attend 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.
I want to help you develop your writing and this course is only for writers ready to grow and develop their self-editing skills. You have 10 days after the course begins to request a refund. If you do, you must provide proof that you completed the first three lessons and course assignments (with completed worksheets) to qualify for a full refund (less a $20 admin fee).
As long as you have a suite of poems or a work of fiction, creative non-fiction, or mixed genre writing that is in progress that you've already been revising or are ready to revise, yes, this course will work for you.
You pretty much made it to the bottom of this page, so I think you answered your own question. (Yes!)
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