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I offer a myriad of workshops and seminars designed to improve your writing with life-changing techniques formulated over years of experience. I have 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. My philosophy is simple: I value honesty, bravery, and vulnerability, and believe that with self-knowledge and dedication to craft, anyone can create works of impact. 


MENTORSHIP


Online and over the phone
$900 (very limited sliding scale available for those who qualify)

  • THREE MONTHS

  • THREE PHONE CALLS

  • TWO ROUNDS OF LINE EDITS AND FEEDBACK ON UP TO 30 PAGES OF POETRY OR PROSE

  • HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR WRITING

  • READING RECOMMENDATIONS

  • PUBLICATION AND CAREER GUIDANCE

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. 

NOTE: Mentorships are popular and I only take on a limited number per year. Registration is subject to availability.

Email sithowyouwant@gmail.com to register


What people are saying



I’ve recently had the privilege of working with Robin on my first collection of poems. Her keen eye for execution of craft and her ability to see the sincere from the sentimental were instrumental in realizing this collection’s ultimate potential. She also recognizes the strength in vulnerability and honesty in good writing, two things key to my own practice. Simply put, I trust her with my work. - Douglas Walbourne-Gough

"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

"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


MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION


Whether you are looking for general feedback or a total overhaul, I will work with you to bring your manuscript to its full potential.

Poetry manuscripts under 70 pages $600

Prose, full-length $1500 - $3000

Short stories or small batches of poems $100 - $400

I am also available for phone or skype consultation for $100 per hour. A lot can be accomplished over a phone conversation, so I highly recommend this service, especially if you have burning questions about your writing or about the publishing world. It is your chance to really pick my brain.

Email sithowyouwant@gmail.com to register


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS



Intensive Poetry Workshop

Sunday, Dec 9th
12pm
Parkdale


The Unsympathetic Poetry Workshops have gained quick popularity as participants find themselves tapping into inner resources, and digging up truths they never knew they had. They are an intensive, engaging, and revealing experience, which you are certain to walk away from with a stronger sense of poetry and of yourself.
All you need it one poem and a willingness to get honest and engaged. 

There are 6 spots max - first come first serve based on payment. 

Email sithowyouwant@gmail.com to register


MORE TESTIMONIALS


"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'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.