High Plains Writing

Workshops 2020- 21

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Covid-19 note:

Before Covid-19, we took our workshops on the road, in 2019 to Prague, in 2018 to Chania, Crete. We had all kinds of big plans for 2020 (Goa, India, Edinburgh, Scotland), but like everyone else we stayed home.

 

We hope to hit the road again sometimes soon, but until then we will be running small workshops in person at Ike's in the summer of 2021, and via Zoom via The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and Love Street Writers in Melbourne, Australia. See the schedule, below.

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What is High Plains Writing:

To progress in their craft, a writer needs both inspiration and time for new ideas to incubate, crack open and grow. And to explore new artistic territory, a writer also needs a third element: a bit of pressure. We need risk in order to leave our comfort zones, our time zones, hemispheres. A little push off the cliff’s edge. 

 

High Plains Writing Workshops intended to supply all three. All are lead by Robin McLean, who has developed her workshop methods over years writing award-winning stories, reading a lot, workshopping her own work, and teaching for a decade. No matter the time frame, these workshops are immersive and transporting, propelling writers toward new work, and deeper into pre-existing stories. 

Read what writers say about working with Robin, here..

Zoom from the High Plains

Writing boot. Online, a multi-genre all-level Zoom workshop at LoveStreet Writer, Melbourne, Australia

Australia, Nov. 8, 2020, 9am - 2pm /USA, Nov 7, 2020 2pm - 7 pm. PST

with Robin McLean

There is wanting to write, and then there is writing. The things we write, and the things we want to write. We know that edge, where we stop at a precipice, when pens are set down and we say “No, I can’t write that.” Or worst of all, hit the delete button. In this generative class, you will be given the boot you need to step forward. Using a variety of guided writing exercises, together we’ll cross over to the other side into “dangerous” ways of writing, be that personally prohibited content, or style, finding methods of exploring through technique.With new tools, participants will go away from the workshop comfortable with new ways into their work, and with fresh techniques to stimulate and open their short prose beyond the tried-and-true. This generative High Plains Writing Workshop offers 15 places

 

.Introductory rates for 2020 are AUD $250

Upside Down? Right side up? Online: a multi-genre all-level Zoom workshop at LoveStreet Writer, Melbourne, Australia

Australia, Nov. 22, 2020, 9am - 2pm /USA, Nov 20, 2020 2pm - 7 pm. PST

with Robin McLean

People kind of write as they dress – with a particular style that they barely think about. But sometimes our style limits us. We need some other way to express what we want to get at. In this workshop we will be subversive. Using a variety of craft exercises we will turn our usual writing style upside down, find ourselves constructing lines we didn’t know we could write.

With new tools, participants will go away from the workshop comfortable with new ways into their work, and with fresh techniques to stimulate and open their short prose beyond the tried-and-true. This generative High Plains Writing Workshop offers 12 places.

 .Introductory rates for 2020 are AUD $250

Australia, Feb 27 - March 1, 2021.

with Robin McLean

Icebergs & Elbow Grease, Online: a multi-genre all-level Zoom workshop at LoveStreet Writer, Melbourne, Australia

We live in an age that adores “Genius,” the Mozarts of the world who get things perfect — Glorious and resonant — on the first draft. Most of us don’t, and perhaps we should be thankful.  In this workshop we will delve under the tip of the Iceberg, which is what most early drafts are. We will examine work on the line level, but we also mine larger fissures for troves of treasure. We will dig and expand and excise with the eye to make your work more like  your work can be. Each writer will submit 10-15 pages of work for peer-review, workshop discussion and feedback from Robin. The process of reviewing each others work is part of the editing workshop experience, providing invalauble insight to how you might also improve your own work.

 

Introductory prices for this intimate workshop of 6 writers are AUD$620 per writer.

 

 

A spotlight focus will be put on each writers work for a rigurous in-depth, hour and half discussion of what is on the page, what about the craft is making the writing work, and what is needed to elevate and deepen the writing.

Dec. 12, 2020

9am -12pm CST

with Robin McLean

Bridging the Divide: a multi-genre all-level Zoom workshop at The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

There are the things we write, and the things we want to write, and the divide between. We know when we have reached the divide when we stop typing at a precipice, when pens are set down, when we say: “No, I can’t write that.” Or worst of all, the delete button! In this generative class, we’ll build a bridge over the divide. Using a variety of guided writing exercises, we’ll cross over to the other side, into “dangerous” ways of writing; whether personally prohibited content, or style, we’ll find methods of exploring through technique. Participants will depart the class with new landscapes open, more freedom of movement in their work, and liberty to travel on new and necessary maps.

 

All Five Saturdays in January, 2021

9am -12pm PST

with Robin McLean

Five Weeks of Flash: a Zoom workshop from Ike's Canyon Ranch

Each Saturday in January, you will write and edit five new works of flash. New work will be triggered by a series of challenges and experiments, by your (virtual) desert landscape and others, and by each other. This workshop will be intense for all of us and result in polished and innovative work, with the eye to submission for publication.

It will be followed by a Zoom reading of our work.

$450 with a maximum of ten writers.

Saturdays, January thru May, 2021

9am -12pm PST

with Robin McLean

Novel and Memoir Intensive: a Zoom workshop from Ike's Canyon Ranch

Novel and Memoir writing is an arduous journey. We each have to go it alone most of the time. In this workshop, we will embark as comrades into your novel's hidden passageways, together, exploring territory that is yet unmapped. It will be intensive and fruitful.

 

The workshop will be limited to 8 writers. For four months each writer will share their work, with the aim to re-ignite your project, to dive deep into areas that you can continue to develop when the workshop is over.

The workshop will repeat online in the fall.

$1500 / 17 sessions

The full cost of retreats and workshops is due 45 days prior to the start date. In case of cancellation, payment is  refundable -- minus the deposit  -- prior to 30 days before the start date. For cancellations within 30 days of the start date, all payments are non-refundable.

Mailing address:

PO Box 847

Eureka, NV 89316

Physical address:

3350 Ike's Canyon Road

Manhattan, NV 89022