Dec 2020, Upside Down? Right side up? Online

via Zoom in Australia Friday 4th – Sunday 6th December 2020 from 9am,
and USA, Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th from West Coast 2pm.

Led by Robin McLean, Upside down? Right side up? is an immersive three day workshop where you will leave with new work, and more importantly, new tools to open and deepen your prose.

The workshop is suited to writers of all levels, whether just starting out, looking to generate new work, or seeking new ways to go deeper into rewrites.

With Robin’s guidance, you will have the time and inspiration for new ideas to incubate, crack open and grow.

Upside down? Right side up?

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 $480

What to expect

This three day workshop will take you beyond the boundaries of your writing. Whether just starting out or needing a re-start, Robin McLean’s interactive and immersive style will have you moving out of what you are used to writing and reading to explore new techniques and give you new pathways that take you deeper into your work.

It is the intention to drive your work forward, breaking down the unconscious barriers to explore new territory, and to give you the confidence to do it again.

The other writers

Part of the workshop experience is being able to make connections with other writers. It is an enriching opportunity to be able to talk about writing, and even not to talk writing, and even to not talk. New friendships are often made, and the things learnt outside of the formal tuition are a wonderful complement to your writing life.

To support this engagement with each other, we will host a forum where we can discuss different aspects of writing, the writers life, or other things that come up that have nothing to do with writing at all.

Workshop times

Bringing together writers across the globe, the three day workshop will run in:

Australia, Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December
Eastern Daylight Savings Time, 9am to 1pm.

USA, Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December
West Coast, 2pm to 6pm
East Coast, 5pm to 9pm.

Writers will join via Zoom.

Payment terms


  • $200 Deposit is required to secure your booking
  • Full payment required by Friday 13th November

Note: Until the deposit is paid your place is not confirmed.

If full payment is not received by Friday 31st October, it will be assumed you have cancelled.

Cancellation fees

In the unfortunate event that you have to cancel your booking, the following fees will be held

  • $50 non-refundable admin fee for cancellations made after booking
  • $200 deposit is non-refundable for cancellations made after Friday 31st October
  • Full amount is non-refundable for cancellations made after Friday 13th November

In the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled, the full deposit and fee paid at the time of cancellation will be refunded.

For more information, contact

Technical support

We appreciate that the move online does create some new hurdles and Kirsten will be available in the lead-up to the week and during the week to make sure you are comfortable logging in and participating online.

A practice session will be held a week before the wokshop commences to ensure everyone is able to login and is comfortable with the participation format.

“Robin McLean is one of the most intuitive and generous workshop leaders I’ve ever encountered. She has a remarkable ability to zero in on what writers are trying to express, and help them work toward that goal. She encourages writers to cut through to their core and free themselves of their fears. You can tell, in her workshops, her goal is to try to help everyone become a better writer.”

Natasha Mieszkowski