Dec 2020, Writing boot, Online

via Zoom in Australia Saturday 12th December 2020 from 9am-3pm,
and USA, Friday 11th December from West Coast 2pm-8pm.

Led by Robin McLean, Writing Boot is an immersive workshop for writers who are just starting out, or who need a restart. Through a series of exercises and readings tailored to the class, Robin pushes you to get writing and writing in ways that you didn’t know you were capable of. Her microscopic focus on what is working for each writer enables you to intuit aspects of craft and bring new skills to your writing toolkit.

Whether looking to writer something new, or just write something, or, seeking new ways to go deeper into rewrites this workshop will push you further into your work.

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

Writing Boot

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 a maximum of ten places.


  • Introductory rates for 2020 are AUD $250

What to expect

This six hour 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, Saturday 12th December
Eastern Daylight Savings Time, 9am to 3pm.

USA, Friday 11th December
West Coast, 2pm to 8pm
East Coast, 5pm to 11pm.

Writers will join via Zoom.

Payment terms


  • $100 Deposit is required to secure your booking
  • Full payment required by Friday 6th November

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

If full payment is not received by Friday 6th November, 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
  • $100 deposit is non-refundable for cancellations made after Friday 31st October
  • Full amount is non-refundable for cancellations made after Friday 6th 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 workshop to make sure you are comfortable logging in and participating online.

“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