Mentorship & Workshops
Robin Richardson offers a myriad of workshops and seminars designed to improve your writing with life-changing techniques formulated over years of experience. Richardson has a unique and unflinching approach to teaching, ensuring each student's work is intimately understood, as an honest appraisal of both strengths and weaknesses is offered with compassion and constructive methods for improvement. Her philosophy is simple: she values honesty, bravery, and vulnerability, and believes that with self-knowledge and dedication to craft, anyone can create works of impact.
About your instructor: Robin Richardson is an award-winning poet and prose writer with an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She has published three collections of poetry, and is Founding Editor of Minola Review. Her work has been published in Poetry Magazine, Tin House, The American Poetry Review, Hazlitt, Salon, and many others. Richardson's passion is discovering and mentoring new writers. She cares deeply about the craft of writing and is genuinely invested in the success and well-being of each and every one of her students. Register at email@example.com
SPRING / SUMMER COURSES
Available online and over the phone
Ranging from $600 to $2000 (some sliding scale for those who qualify)
I offer tailored mentorship for aspiring and new writers of poetry and prose. This mentorship can be anything from helping you get started in writing with exercises, recommended reading, and individual feedback on your progress, to editing and prepping your book for publications and guiding you through the complicated world of funding, agents, and publishing contracts. Needs vary, so I am available for a free email exchange to determine which approach is best for you. The average mentorship spans about three months and involves two rounds of line edits on my part, along with two to three pages of notes and suggestions. I pride myself on digging in deeply and really learning the language of each new writer I work with, finding the gems and helping draw the work to its greatest potential. I offer unflinching constructive criticism and am committed to guiding you to your full capacity.
Pupils of mine have gone on to publish books and chapbooks with esteemed Canadian presses and continue to expand their reach with ongoing publications and awards.
Let's get you writing!
3 Week Poetry Intensive
Sundays August 19, August 26, Sept 1st
This three-week intensive is a great way to kick start your poetic endeavours as we closely analyze established poems, explore new and innovative prompts, and create new works with the goal of deepening our practice. Focus on form, content, and accessing originality.
Limited to 6 people. Space reserved via payment
Unsympathetic Poetry Workshop
Cozy Parkdale Apartment
Bring 6 copies of the poem you most need help with and we will get right to the heart of it, offering concise and critical feedback. No holding back. Lots of love.
Accessing the Unconscious
4 Wed evenings starting Aug 9th at 7pm
Great writing comes from a place deeper and more mysterious than the intellect. Over the course of this four-week seminar you will learn to access the long-dormant elements of your own unconscious. We will use intensive, unconventional exercises, exploring dreams, archetypes, memory, and myth to tap your unexplored potential as a writer. Will include close reading of fairy tale and other related material, as well as weekly exercises to be discussed in class. Space is limited. Email sithowyouwantgmail.com to register
"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 Book*Hug
"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.