Citadel
 
 
 
 
 


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.

Our Approach

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The creative community in Canada is stifled in its own established systems, many of which are outdated and lacking the freedom required for experimental innovation.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

 

Craft

  • 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


Career development

  • 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


Creative Community

  • 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

Testimonials

“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


The Founder

 

Robin Richardson

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.

 

OUR MENTORS

Membership Options

 

A CITADEL membership isn’t just for those who live in the GTA. Connect from afar with strategic and goal-setting sessions, reading recommendations, substantive edits and seasonal check-ins with award-winning facilitators.

$1800 + HST billed annually

ACCESS TO SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS

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.

$2400 + HST billed annually

BY APPLICATION ONLY

Sign up for a CITADEL listing and full access to events and parties

$350 + HST billed annually

A CRUCIAL AND RARE ROLE AT CITADEL

Play a crucial supporting role in the cultivation of the Canadian literary landscape while connecting with artist, attending events, and tapping into your own creative potential.

One time payment fo $12,000 +HST


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Scholarships

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.

Donate

Accessibility

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.


Support & Collaborate

Membership isn’t the only way


2. Spread The Word

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3. sign up for a workshop or event

Check the CALENDAR for our latest events and give us a try. All open to non-members