Finishing School for Wayward Prose and Poems: A Three-Week Course with Lit Writers’ Rachel Thompson

Dates: September 5 - 26, 2017
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If you're getting bleary-eyed looking at writing you've revised many, many times, come get help finishing your piece. This course will kick your writing revisions into high gear. You will come out of this with new tools for your writing practice that will help you get your poems or stories ready for publication.

In this three-week course, you will get two weekly assignments of techniques and tools to get your poems or story ready for publication. Even though this is not a critique class, you will not be left to your own devices! You can ask specific questions from your instructor live during twice-weekly video office hours, and daily in a closed online community page. That’s where you’ll also be able to connect with writers dedicated to their craft like you.

This course will help you prepare a manuscript for submission to a lit mag and go over the common errors new writers make in their submissions.

What to bring: You will need to have a written work in progress that you have taken on as far as you can, but you’re stuck in revision-mode. This course works best for prose writing up to 4,000 words, or a suite of poems of up to 10 pages. (It can be shorter.)

Things to note:

  • Although this is not a critique class where we dive deeply into each writer’s work, you will be able to ask specific questions about your writing in progress and you’ll also be able to post short excerpts for comment from your instructor and peers.
  • This is the first-run of a course that will be offered at a higher price in the future. (Get in on the lowest price!)
  • Taking a Room course does not give writers any preferential treatment when it comes to submitting to the magazine. (Your future submissions will be read by another editor, not your instructor.)

Cost: $120 + GST (Course includes a one-year subscription, or subscription extension, to Room magazine.)


On which specific dates within this 3-week period will the course take place on?
This is a self-paced course. Each week you'll get two assignments you can do at times that work for you, and you'll be able to post about your progress when you're ready. Office hours times will be set at a time that will work for the majority of the students enrolled, and there will be video replays if you can't make these live.

How long is each class and what time does each class start?
The lessons will be in video format for you to watch and take action on your own schedule. I suggest you have 2-4 hours available to work on your writing each of the three weeks of the course.

About the Instructor

Rachel Thompson joined her first feminist collective while attending a small-town elementary school in Manitoba, and Room's editorial collective in 2010, where she previously served as Managing Editor. Her debut collection of poems, Galaxy (Anvil Press, 2011), won the SFU Writer's Studio's First Book Competition. She creates tools and shares stories to illuminate writers' writing lives on She lives in Montréal.

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