Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism

Special Interests

Poetry (manuscript development), short stories, memoir, creative nonfiction, personal journalism.

Brief Bio

Robyn Sarah’s poetry, short fiction, personal journalism, and literary criticism have appeared in Canada, the United States, and the U.K. Her publications include ten poetry collections, two short story collections, and a book of essays on poetry. Her monthly column Poetic License ran in The Gazette for a year (2000-2001.)  A dozen of her poems have been broadcast on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and she is represented in The Norton Anthology of Poetry.  Her most recent collection, My Shoes Are Killing Me, won the 2015 Governor General’s Award for poetry. Since leaving Champlain Regional College where she taught English for twenty years, she has mentored and led poetry and prose workshops at QWF and the Maritime Writers’ Workshop, among others.  She signed on as poetry editor for Cormorant Books in 2011, and has edited nineteen poetry titles for the press.

Services Offered

Manuscript critique (close reading and one-page global response)

One-time or ongoing coaching/mentoring on a work in progress (this can happen by phone, email, in person, or a combination)

Specialty: Poetry manuscript development (helping poets get from a pile of poems to a manuscript ready to submit to a publisher): advice on selection, organization, sequencing,  presentation, and guidance on submitting work to magazines prior to book publication.

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Robyn Sarah’s biography at Canadian Poetry Online

(last updated 2009)

Robyn Sarah’s CV  

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