Working with Robin Richardson


CONTACT 647-668-3461


Robin Richardson is the author of two collections of poetry, and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work has appeared in Salon, Poetry Magazine, The Walrus, Hazlitt, and Tin House, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, has won the Fortnight Poetry Prize in the U.K., The John B. Santorini Award, The Joan T. Baldwin Award, and has been shortlisted for the CBC, Walrus, and ARC Poetry Prizes, among others. Richardson’s latest collection, Sit How You Want, is forthcoming with Véhicule Press.


  • Full manuscript evaluations
  • Copywriting, ghostwriting, copyediting, creative consultation. 
  • One-on-one tutoring (may include line by line edits or overall industry guidance regarding grants, MFAs, and publication)


Where:    Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario
What:      A one of a kind workshop about ditching likability in favour of the unabashed.

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Lyric poetry is due to evolve. While we continue to draw from our own experiences and from the goings on in our minds, the approach to writing from such a vantage point needs to shift. Too much of the lyric is about creating a likeable speaker, and this likability is gained at the forfeit of less-sympathetic, more relatable, heavy-hitting truths. We will focus on what it means to be honest about those aspects of ourselves and the world around us that get overlooked too often on account of their unsympathetic nature. 
     Key topics covered will be universality, fear, the tyranny of perfection / the appeal of the trembling imperfect, uninhibited exploration of the self and other, and writing nakedly with the risk of being all too clearly understood. 
Please bring 10 copies of your poem for workshopping. Registration will be closed once 10 people have paid in full.

Cost: $60

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"I have hired Robin Richardson to do a one on one mentorship with me. Her first reading of my manuscript was spot on and I am currently reading 4 suggested poets to guide me in rewriting, honing my manuscript and creating new work. She has an exacting eye and truly can pick out your voice. I truly recommend her." Jennifer Eagle
"The workshops are carefully organized and tailored to educate students in the craft of both thinking more deeply and writing more fluidly while simultaneously challenging each participant to grow and to hone our skills as writers. One of the ways in which Robin manages to do this is by getting participants to search themselves and to dwell upon their vulnerabilities in the service of reaching a deeper truth. A result of her approach here is more honest, penetrating, and confident writing. Her passion for the poetic verse is matched by her apparently effortless competence to teach it. As an educator, I envy her confident comfort and poise within the workshop setting as well as her conscientious attention to each student. Robin is a master of the craft and it shows. Not only does her ability as a poet and teacher shine at each moment, but it is also infectious. One of the most impressive parts of having participated in Robin’s workshops is to see the enthusiasm that she brings to the educational setting spread to and invigorate all in attendance. " Brandon Fenton, Department of Philosophy at York University.
"It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with Robin. I was extremely impressed by her knowledge of craft and poetic technique, combined with an uncanny ability to rapidly identify the "core" of a poem, as well as its weaknesses. She has a gift for visualizing a poem's potential as well, so that her edits are not merely subtracting from what's on the page, but guiding and encouraging the poet to dig deeper, stay true to her authentic voice, and write from a place of honesty and courage. Her mentoring for an emerging writer such as myself was incredibly helpful, direct, and supportive, exactly what I needed at this juncture." Lisa Richter, debut poetry collection forthcoming with Tightrope Books.
"Robin Richardson's Unsympathetic Poetry Workshop is for emerging and established writers alike to gain critical insight into their poetry. Robin facilitates an encouraging environment of thoughtful discussion that lets participants look deeper at works in progress in a whole new light, making the job of revision much less of a daunting task. I highly recommend her workshop to poets at any stage in their writing career." Joshua C. Buchard, Poet.
"Robin Richardson is as honest and fearless an editor and mentor as she is a writer and visual artist.  She is not afraid of oceans, bears or volcanoes. She will read your work with her heart. Since working with Robin I have become a braver writer; her grace and intelligence will buoy and inspire anyone lucky enough to work with her." Shannon Bramer, author at BookThug
"Robin Richardson's Unsympathetic Poetry Workshops have helped to frame what I look for when I'm ready to move forward with a poem. She has helped me to see when I am opening up in my work, and has challenged me when I am closing off; encouraging me to find language that will service the poem, and really say what I mean. She has helped me to mine the difficult spaces, not to shy away from the ugly parts, the parts that are rough around the edges, or the straightforward because there can be clarity and resonance in that which isn't perfectly crafted. When it was very easy for me to get caught up in the poeticism of language, Robin encouraged me to share just a little more, to be less abstract, to dare to be a little more honest which is what I think finding the Unsympathetic Voice is all about. Working in service of the poem to bring it to its fullest potential." Suzanna Derewicz, Screenwriter, poet, Social Media Strategist at Minola Review.