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Author and literary magazine editor, Rachel Thompson, helps you write, publish, and shine. Learn how to write and share your brilliant writing with the world.
Episodes delve into how to polish and prepare your writing for publication, and the journey from emerging writer to published author.

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Write, Publish, and Shine Rachel Thompson

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    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

Author and literary magazine editor, Rachel Thompson, helps you write, publish, and shine. Learn how to write and share your brilliant writing with the world.
Episodes delve into how to polish and prepare your writing for publication, and the journey from emerging writer to published author.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    #92 Olwen Wilson on Following Joy and Writing While Disabled

    #92 Olwen Wilson on Following Joy and Writing While Disabled

    Welcome to the next episode in this run of episodes on writing with disabilities and limitations.
    In this episode, a wonderful Writerly Love Community member, Olwen Wilson talks with me about following joy and writing with a disability. We discuss labels and their conflicting appeal/repellent nature. And, what I suspect will be a through line of all these episodes: listening to our bodies and how we’re feeling. Olwen reads a slantly-written short piece then generously gifts us with details on a practice called Rainbow Walks. Listen in to hear from a writer who does things their way, someone I deeply admire for this spirit.
    Show notes: https://rachelthompson.co/92
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    • 40 min
    #91 Shantell Powell on Visceral Writing and Writing with ADHD

    #91 Shantell Powell on Visceral Writing and Writing with ADHD

    Welcome to the first interview in my series of episodes on writing with disabilities and limitations.
    I sit down with a wonderful Writerly Love membership community member, Shantell Powell, a two-spirit author, artist, and self-described swamp hag who grew up on the land and off the grid. Her publication credits include Augur, Solarpunk Magazine, MetaStellar, The Deadlands, and honestly keep racking up—we talk about how she does this in the episode, and she has an excellent hack for writers with ADHD to track submissions that I think is brilliant and would be helpful to many writers, myself included.
    We get into her often very visceral writing; she reads a piece that I would describe that way, visceral, and speculates a little about why that flavour comes out in her work. For this series and focus, we talk about how she works with her various limitations and disabilities, which include neurodivergence and now long COVID-19, among other conditions and limitations.
    Listen in to hear from a singular writer whose writing practice shows that there is not one way to be a writer.
    Show notes: https://rachelthompson.co/91
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    • 35 min
    #79 [Replay] Three Lessons on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Your Writing

    #79 [Replay] Three Lessons on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Your Writing

    The Write, Publish, Shine Intensive, which brings together my three courses: Write and Light, a course to get writers generating new, more profound work; Revision Love, my course on learning to self-edit your writing; and Lit Mag Love, my flagship course on getting published in literary journals.
    All of the resources mentioned in the episode are in the show notes at rachelthompson.co/podcast/79
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    #90 Accessibility for Writers with Disabilities and Limitations

    #90 Accessibility for Writers with Disabilities and Limitations

    In this episode, I sit down with our Community Facilitator, Meli Walker, to discuss what we do to make our online course community more accessible to writers with disabilities and limitations.
    This episode marks the beginning of a run of episodes focusing on writing with limitations/disability. Coming up, you’ll hear me talk with writers with various challenges about what they need to write, how they get their needs met, and what it’s like to write when you have barriers in your own body’s ability and barriers that exist in our writing community.
    My hope is that this series helps writers find support and ideas to help them engage in writing in a way that works for them. And, for this episode in particular, I hope it gives writers who teach on or offline some ideas for how to make their communities more open to all writers.
    Because Meli and I are also just two people with our own limitations and neurodivergence, this is not an exhaustive list of what we’re doing and certainly not a complete list of what we COULD be doing.
    Show notes for this episode are up at rachelthompson.co/90
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    • 50 min
    #49 [Replay] Augur Magazine co-Editor-in-Chief Terese Mason Pierre—Nothing Has to Happen

    #49 [Replay] Augur Magazine co-Editor-in-Chief Terese Mason Pierre—Nothing Has to Happen

    “Nothing has to happen in the story. There doesn't need to be explosions or big shocking twists. It's just enough to have well-developed characters and a beautiful world.” —Terese Mason Pierre, Augur
    Terese Mason Pierre is co-Editor-in-Chief of Augur, a Canadian speculative literature journal, and has published work in Hobart, The Puritan, Quill and Quire, and Strange Horizons. Her work has been nominated for the Rhysling Award and Best of the Net.
    She talks about how Canadian literature in general is just a little bit softer than other kinds of literature, and how she brings forward the care that she received from editors of her work to her editing role at Augur.
    You can find the show notes for this episode at rachelthompson.co/49
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    • 47 min
    #89 Start With a Meaningful Moment—Flash Memoir with Writer Lina Lau

    #89 Start With a Meaningful Moment—Flash Memoir with Writer Lina Lau

    Lina Lau, writer, mother, and owner of too many notebooks, has published short memoir in X-R-A-Y, Prairie Fire, Hippocampus (where she is now a reader as well), Carte Blanch, and Little Fiction/Big Truths.
    We talk about how flash memoir writing captures a moment, how Lina reads a 100-word story and brings us into the experience of writing it, and also about the characteristics required of memoirists.

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    Show notes for this episode are up at rachelthompson.co/89

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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39 Ratings

39 Ratings

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Valuable Information you won’t find elsewhere

I was first exposed to these podcasts when I took the LitMag Love course (this course is extremely valuable by the way for anyone seeking to publish their work). We had an opportunity to listen to Rachel interview a few editors and to ask our own questions. Since then I’ve listened to a number of the podcasts. They give you insight into the litmag world and what the particular magazine is seeking. Very useful.

Dee PD ,

Inspiring

These podcasts are so inspiring and offer such useful insight into behind the scenes of Lit mag editing. All the info is revealed in fascinating interviews that feel like intimate conversations in a cozy cafe. I love it. It takes the fear out of submitting and gives much perspective on rejection.

nayanaS ,

Just what I needed!

This podcast is perfect for anyone contemplating submitting to a literary magazine, but is too intimidated to know where to start! Rachel manages to ask just the right questions and has introduced the listeners to a wide array of magazines, many of which I had never heard of. Love this podcast and looking forward to the next season!

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