Hi, I’m Rachel! I’m currently pursuing my MFA in Fiction at Miami University, where I work as a Graduate Assistant. I received my BA in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis from Allegheny College, where I won the Ione Sandberg Shriber Young Writer Award. In the past, I’ve self-published how-to guides on writing and publishing, received awards for my short stories, taught creative writing workshops and high school English, managed literary magazines, and given away 140+ free books in one single night to spread the joy of literature.
My work explores the mystical in the mundane. I write to comfort, to challenge, to create conversation, to change the world. I am especially interested in exploring the novel structure, identity in literature, intersectional feminism, magical realism, lyrical prose, and experimental storytelling forms and styles. I believe in literary activism and education. I am always in pursuit of discovering what it means to be simultaneously woman, and writer, and me.
Currently, I’m working on a variety of short stories as well as some longer projects. Here’s what I’m writing right now:
The Dreamers: a multi-perspective novel following six servers in a restaurant as they pursue wild dreams.
Haunted: a novel about ghosts and other things left behind when we lose those we love.
Short stories: an eclectic bunch of fiction
I make resources to help writers conquer their writing lives and master their craft, because I believe you deserve to be a happy and productive writer. Here are some of my recent favorites:
The Plan Your Novel Workbook: This workbook takes you through step-by-step how to commit to a novel idea that will sustain your sanity and 80,000+ words, craft character-driven plots, create an outline that provides structure and flexibility, and prepare for a major writing marathon.
The Writer’s DNA: When you know yourself and free your writing from the chains of "should," you write the stories only you can write. Discover yourself and your unique Writer's DNA in this online class.
The WriteLife Planner: Balancing writing and the rest of your life can be tough. This planner can help. In 3 short months, you learn to conquer your writing goals, strengthen your writing practice, and start to live a writing life you love.
"Rachel is all about real, good writing. She discusses real issues that writers face (hello, woman writers!) along with the nitty-gritty of practically finishing your work. Plus her posts are LONG. Everytime I sit down to one, I feel like I’m a kid in a candy store, getting ready to devour a long-awaited treat." – Alexis Truitt, TheLexiconWritingBlog.com
"Writing is such a personal activity, and Rachel really understands how to work with your personality to bring out your best writing. It’s like therapy for writers!" – Haley Pettit, WhateverBrightThings.com
"I say it week after week, but I am seriously in love with everything Rachel Giesel writes. She consistently challenges me to be a better writer, to seek intentional growth, and to fall head-over-heels in love with my writing life. There's truly nothing better!" – Kristen Kieffer, Well-Storied.com
"Rachel has great content, yes, but what I really find is that she also gives you her completely devoted time and attention, which is invaluable and not something many courses can give. Anytime I’ve talked to her, it’s been a thoughtful and in-depth conversation where we really dig deep trying to understand each other and how to help each other. Immediately she’ll become this supportive figure you’ve always been looking for, cheering you on and making you feel like you can do anything. And if that “anything” is finally finishing your novel, well, I can’t think of anyone better to cheer you on!" – E.M. Welsh, EMWelsh.com