citadel school for writers is AN MFA ALTERNATIVE FOR WRITERS THAT’S MORE INTIMATE, MORE IMMERSIVE ANd Way More Fun
CITADEL School for Writers offers the mentorship and resources of an MFA at a fraction of the cost. With your annual membership you’ll receive rolling editorial feedback on your creative projects, publication and career guidance, workshops, creative seminars, and direct access to Canadian publishers and agents. The perfect creative writing program for anyone wanting a deeper, more immersive and individualized experience.
Seeing a need for innovative and forward-thinking creative organizations, we have created a space where writers and artists receive the tools and resources gained in an MFA program at a fraction of the price. Pulling on the expertise of founder Robin Richardson, as well as guest mentors and lecturers, CITADEL provides not only individualized feedback and career guidance, but also a space for play, exploration, learning, and networking.
The creative community in Canada is stifled in its own established systems, many of which are outdated and lacking the freedom required for experimental innovation. CITADEL School for writers is not government funded, and so is not beholden to traditional modes of operation. It is our singular goal to create and foster a space that is uniquely intense and original, sparking the creative flame that so many creators feel devoid of in an otherwise homogenized support system.
WE OFFER ORIGINAL AND INTENSIVE EXPERIENCES THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ASPIRING AND BEING
Top-notch workshops and editorial feedback
One-on-one consultations with an established mentor of your choice
Time and space to work in our Toronto clubhouse
regularly scheduled workshops, seminars, and lectures
Tailored immersive experiences emphasizing play and creative exploration
Intensive accessing the unconscious seminars
dedicated GUIDANCE from the conception of your project to its publication
Unique Networking Opportunities
High-profile events and arts experiences
Publication resources and guidance
Cross-pollination of arts disciplines
Access to publishers and agents in the form of meet-and-greets and Q&As
Coming Soon: certification upon completion of our creative writing program
Events will take place regularly, for nine months out of the year
Open writing hours to fight isolation (9 months of the year)
Make deep connections with members, facilitators, and patrons
attend lectures and events with diverse writers, publishers, editors, and agents
“These workshops will make you a better writer and a better person” — Michael Janzen - Animator and poet
“I highly recommend this workshop (honestly, any workshop with Robin!) I can’t believe it was just four sessions, because it has profoundly wiggled stuff loose. I finally have a practical way to investigate my dreams and now I see the wisdom of fairy tales and can’t wait to read more! Robin creates a warm and welcoming space to explore your writing, without judgement. Even when I doubt my own work, she always finds layers of meaning and the jewel at the centre. It’s clear she is on her own journey and honestly delights in supporting others on theirs. Now I have new tools for my ongoing exploration of writing and life—it feels like I’m starting a new chapter.” — Diane Hill - Student
“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. Forthcoming with Arsenal Pulp Press
Robin Richardson is the author of three collections of poetry, including Sit How You Want (winner of the Trillium Book Award / named one of the best books of the year by CBC), and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work has appeared in Salon, POETRY, The American Poetry Review, The Walrus, Hazlitt, Best Canadian Poetry, 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. Learn more about Robin Here.
The transparent Robin Hood approach to accessibility
Accessibility matters to us. We’re currently seeking corporate and individual sponsors for our scholarship program. If you have the means and want to make a difference in the arts in Canada, you can fund one or more writers at $2400 + HST, or contribute a partial scholarship from $500, $800, or $1200. The scholarship will be given in the donor’s name, and the donor will have input on the requirements of their scholarship, as well as updates on the progress of the recipient. Contact us for more details or purchase your scholarship below.
We are committed to making CITADEL accessible to everyone. Diversity and inclusivity are 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. We’re also currently in the process of creating scholarships for those who need financial assistance. If you’re in a position to be able to contribute to a scholarship, you can do so here.
Thanks to our first member, Susan Zimmerman, we’re now offering an accessible space for events upon request, located near the subway in Toronto. For more information about this space, please contact us. We’re also interested in working with writers outside of the GTA. Distance memberships are available now and include streaming access to our live seminars, as well as recordings.