* CITADEL is committed to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from members of groups that have been under-represented, marginalized or discriminated against. While we are actively seeking out diverse mentors, we also encourage applicants who think they would be a good fit. See our call here: https://www.thecitadelretreat.com/news/call-for-applications-citadel-mentors





Robin Richardson has been teaching for over six years, and has mentored numerous emerging writers, many of whom have gone on to publish books and win awards for the work they processed under Robin’s guidance. She takes a rigorous and personalized approach to mentorship, and believes everyone is capable of great work if they are willing to set aside the ego, and engage in challenging work.

She 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. She is a MacDowell and Berton House Fellow.


Russell Smith

Fiction and creative non fiction

Russell Smith is a novelist and journalist, the author of nine books (eight fiction, one non-fiction). His most recent book, Confidence (short stories) was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize and longlisted for the Giller Prize. He has won the National Magazine Award for fiction twice. He has taught creative writing at several universities, most recently in the University of Guelph MFA in creative writing program, where he taught a fiction workshop for nine years. An experienced editor, he has supervised many book-length MFA theses, and several of these have gone on to be published books. For his journalism he has won the William Allen White Award in the United States. For the past 20 years he has written a weekly column on the arts in the Globe and Mail. He has also been a radio writer and host, producing and narrating a one-hour documentary for Ideas on CBC Radio, and co-writing and hosting the weekly show on language And Sometimes Y for two seasons. Russell is currently teaching a class in Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Toronto.

 Photo credit: Malcolm Brown


Interested in becoming a CITADEL mentor?

CITADEL is expanding and currently seeking creative writing mentors. You can learn more and apply for this opportunity here.