Robin McLean is a critically acclaimed and award winning writer who’s creative approach to teaching has led to sell-out workshops around the world.
Explore new artistic territory, excite ourselves and ignite our work.
Robin McLean was a lawyer and then a potter for 15 years in the woods of Alaska before receiving her MFA at the UMass Amherst in Massachusetts. Her first short story collection Reptile House, twice a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award, won the BOA Fiction Prize and was named as one of the best books of 2015 in The Paris Review.
Her short stories have won acclaim and have been published widely, in such places as Cincinnati Review, The Common, and Carolina Quarterly.
Read more at www.robinmclean.net
Robin has taught writing for the last ten years, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Montana Western, and most recently at Clark University. She has led retreats and intensive creative writing workshops across the US and in Europe.
Robin founded High Plains Writing and leads @ Ike’s Canyon Ranch in the high plains desert of central Nevada and around the world.
High Plains Writing Workshop Philosophy
To progress our craft, a writer needs both inspiration and time for new ideas to incubate, crack open and grow. Immersive, week-long workshops in spectacular locations help us time travel, shape-shift and dream new dreams.
To explore new artistic territory, to excite ourselves and ignite out work, 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.
About Reptile House
Winner of the BOA Editions Fiction Prize — May 2015.
A Best Book of 2015, The Paris Review “McLean does not shrink the world down to interpersonal conflict, but instead opens it up to achieve a cosmic perspective that somehow feels both dispassionate and compassionate (Chekhov’s trick). This opening up is wild, surprising, and not a little frightening. I suppose you could call these stories dark, but in their dazzling perspective I find them full of vitality and wonder.”
Rebecca Starks, poet, fiction writer, writing teacher, editor and Author of Time Is Always Now, forthcoming from Able Muse Press.