Urban Membership for Writers

Urban Membership for Writers

3,200.00 every 12 months


Invest in your creative excellence now. This membership will provide all the education, connections and inspiration you need to energize your creative practice and further your literary career over the next twelve months. Supplement — or supplant — the MFA. Payment plan available upon request.


Membership benefits

Here’s exactly what you get with a one-year membership.

Career Planning

  • Kickoff strategy session with the mentor of your choice.

  • One-on-one career planning session with your mentor

  • Wrap up phone call at the end of your cycle to discuss moving forward

Craft Development & Inspiration Cultivation

  • Unlimited access to Standard workshops and seminars on a first come first serve basis. Discounted tickets to all addition and special events and workshops.

  • Exclusive access to our online Vault, which includes interviews, course material, blog posts, and resources.

  • Access to our members-only lending library of the latest and greatest in Canadian literature

Publication Guidance

  • Substantive editing on up to 25 pages of poetry or 40 double-spaced pages of fiction up to twice a year

  • Tailored reading recommendations and assignments

  • Intake and planning meeting

  • At least two phone calls per year to check your progress and plan your strategy moving forward.

  • Cover letter and submissions guidance

Creative Community

  • Discounted access to all curated members’ events, exclusive parties, intimate concerts and lectures

Diversity, inclusivity and accessibility are all important to us. We’re especially interested in working with writers who feel set apart from established systems within CanLit, whether that’s due to marginalization, racialization, discrimination, having come to writing later in life, or having led a life that doesn’t necessarily align with the Standard Writer Career Path. 


Whenever someone reaches out to me to ask about how to break into poetry, I send them towards Robin Richardson’s workshop first. It’s such an amazing space to share your work and be vulnerable and open to people’s opinion, process, and art.”

— Tea Mutonji, author of Shut Up, You're Pretty

“[Robin’s] 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.”

— Douglas Walbourne-Gough, Author of Crow Gulch

“A Robin Richardson mentorship is the kick of reality, inspiration and confidence your work needs!”

— Siobhan Jameson, novel forthcoming with Quattro


$2400 + HST annually. Custom payment plans available. Upon registration, you’ll receive a welcome package containing everything you need to know to take full advantage of your membership.


Contact info@thecitadelretreat.com for further information.

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