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Silk Gowns and Cowboy Hats: A Generative Creative Writing Workshop for Fun for All
In this Alumnae Association webinar, Robin McLean ’87 will subvert the idea that we write as we dress. Using a variety of short craft exercises, McLean will guide attendees on how to — stylistically — "try on" other sets of clothes, turning their writing style upside down and discovering new ways to write. This webinar will be fun and freeing for any kind of writing, from business writing, to academic to creative to drafting texts to one's kids!

Robin McLean ’87 was a lawyer and then a potter for 15 years in the woods of Alaska, turning to writing. Her first short story collection, “Reptile House,” twice a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Prize, won the BOA Editions Fiction Prize and was noted as a best book of 2015 in Paris Review. Her debut novel “Pity the Beast” was published in November 2021 by And Other Stories and was named a Best Book of Fiction in 2021 by The Guardian. Her second collection of short fiction is forthcoming. McLean has led writing workshops for a decade at Clark University as well as at community writing centers across the United States and around the world. McLean comes from a large Mount Holyoke family, including mother Linda (Cindy) Sigrist McLean ’59 and sisters Betsy McLean ’85, Debbie McLean ’88 and Kim McLean ’93. She currently directs the Ike’s Canyon Ranch Writers Retreat in the high plain desert of central Nevada, where she teaches and hosts retreats. More information can be found at her website,

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Feb 16, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College
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