“I had always wanted to learn something about writing poetry but was intimidated. I contacted Robert and explained my hopes and anxieties around exploring the world of writing poetry. Robert was responsive, kind and encouraging. Meeting Robert via zoom was easy and immediately comfortable. What was so incredibly lovely and exciting to me was that he understood who I was and directed me to poets that would resonate with me. He introduced me to poets I might never have discovered and have continued to enjoy their work. That is the gift of an excellent teacher. Happily, I have had some poems published and I thank Robert for that.”  -Elizabeth

Writing Coaching for Poets:

I can offer you the  support you need as a poet to stay organized, focused, and able to meet your writing goals.

Both new and experienced poets can benefit from professional coaching around writing poetry.  For new poets, education, a bit of strength-based critique, and assistance can lead to a better sense of mastery of writing. For the seasoned poet, we can discuss ideas, bounce around the actual poem or poems, all the while staying organized and aiding you to complete your writing projects.  An individual poem or a book can be a lot to surmount, and poetry coaching offers you the tools toward project completion and publication of your work.

Think of a writing coach the way you’d think of a sports coach, motivating you to run that extra 1/2 mile, to lift that final weight, to use your skills to meet your goals directly and with your full self.  That fuller sense of who you are as a poet leads to stronger, clearer poetry.

If you’d like to see if we’ll work well together, let’s meet on Zoom for 10 minutes at no cost or expectation from you. We can see if there’s a good fit.  Contact me at robertallenpoet@gmail.com to schedule your free session.

Fees:  $40 for 45 minutes + some brief email interaction between meetings if needed.  I accept payment by check, Paypal, or Venmo.

“What makes you a poet is a gift for language, and ability to see into the heart of things, and an ability to deal with the important unconscious material. When all these things come together, you’re a poet.”  -Erica Jong

You’ve got it in you.  I look forward to working together.


“It has been wonderful working with Robert as my coach. I used to write poetry as an angsty teenager and after experiencing some difficulties I decided to try poetry again as a way to find my voice. With Robert’s expert guidance and strength based approach, I have been able to find my voice, my style, and process some of my experiences in a kind and supportive environment.”   -Samantha