Or, maybe you've just been waiting for something to magically happen with your writing life ...
when the reality is that you're missing out on opportunities to achieve your literary dreams because of your fears (analysis paralysis) or a misunderstanding about how lit mags work.
Renée is a journalist, gardener, yogi, baker, library volunteer, avid reader of historical fiction. She writes poetry, flash fiction, and short stories.
When I met Renée, she was finding it hard to come home and write after writing all day in her work as a journalist.
Renée joined Lit Mag Love so she could stop putting energy into submitting in the wrong places. After taking the course, here is what she said:
“Rachel, thank you so much for helping me target what I'm really looking to do with my work and with literary magazines, and for making this world that is at first extremely intimidating more accessible and fun. ”
confident and clear about exactly which journals to send your writing. You send your work out as a reflex, and don't feel like hiding in your turtle shell each time you release your words into the world.
You know exactly what you're working toward with your writing in the short and long-term, and you can zero-in on the steps that will help you achieve your writing goals.
You've found your ideal readers. You're no longer afraid to write your story, knowing it needs to be written, just as it needs to be read by people who appreciate your work.
Like you, I'm a writer, and I used to be unsure of how to navigate submissions in a sea of literary journals and an even bigger sea of “advice” out there for writers. (Sure, some of the free advice was helpful—but most was decidedly not.) I know how it feels to flail around in your writing life, unable to finish work, let alone get it in front of editors who love and want to share your writing.
Luckily, I had great support from writing mentors, worked hard at my craft, and not only published my poetry and prose in lit mags, I went on to publish my book of poems with Anvil Press, and won the SFU First Book Competition for my writing. Now I love to share everything I've learned about writing with my students.
In addition to being a published literary author, I was a managing editor, and am currently a lit mag editor who reads, accepts, and—sorry—rejects writing submissions. This course is part of the community I'm building called Lit Writers, based on the idea that just because we write alone, doesn't mean our writing lives have to be lonely.
Offline, I have had the pleasure of being connected to a writing community that has supported me and my writing over decades. I wish this support for all writers. After spending years of mentoring writers and editors, I decided to take this mission to a bigger audience in the form of this course.
“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. This course can help new and established writers alike gain tips for navigating the lit mag landscape, submitting your work, and learning how to best cut through the clutter of the literary world to focus on your specific goals.”
“I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to publish in literary magazines, but really any writer who is interested in joining a community and honing their craft.”
“In this sea of free books on How to Get Published, How to Write Your First Novel, How to Write a Short Story...Rachel really helped us. Anytime we had a question, any time we had any doubts, she was there and she really helped us find our way.”
“What a wonderful experience meeting everyone, connecting, and spending the last month talking writing and submissions! I'm so glad we got to share this course, and, Rachel, thank you for all your hard work, your patience, and your passion for writing. They come through loud and clear, and they've rubbed off on all of us.”
“Lit Mag Love was the impetus I needed to get serious and motivated about my submissions. Rachel was a luminous guide offering equal parts gentle prompts and discerning truths. The key takeaway was being accountable to myself for creating a system and in that process I got to connect with other amazing writers.”