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“How far can/will the elegy stretch?” Amy Gerstler asked our workshop participants this July. “Are there limits to what conventional or unconventional elegy can mourn, memorialize, honor, metabolize, question? Are there angry, comic, upbeat and/or love elegies? How about some stealth elegies?” In her quest to find out, Gerstler examined poems from Terrance Hayes, Li […]
“Why does the voice in my head have an Adam’s apple?”- Claire Vaye Watkins, 2015 Summer Workshop The talk that started it all….. Written on the occasion of Claire’s “troubling realization that she has been writing to impress old white men,” this call to action was given during our 2015 Summer Workshop. The lecture took […]
“An image is more than what we show our readers–it is story, it is history, it is emotion. When we seek the perfect image, we filter our writing and cut ourselves off from the possibilities of meaning and emotion–the things that make both the writer and the reader feel.”- Natalie Diaz In this craft talk, […]
It can be tempting to believe you’ll increase the tension of your prose if your characters over-emote: cry, weep, wail, explode with joy. But it’s often more effective to convey emotion with a matter-of-fact tone and highly controlled language. In this craft talk from our 2015 Summer Workshop, Debra Gwartney discusses ways to allow the […]
As millions of you eagerly await the September rollout of our 2015 Summer Writers’ Workshop Lectures, we thought it the perfect hour to revisit the ghosts of workshops past with Christopher R. Beha’s “Making Sense of the Sentence.” First given during our 2012 Summer Workshop, and later anthologized in The Writer’s Notebook II (as “Do […]
In his 2011 Summer Workshop lecture titled “Making The Black Dog Sit,” Tin House poetry editor Matthew Dickman tackled the complicated subject of suicide by examining poems which engaged with the often misunderstood act, illuminating how the shadow of suicide affects both the life of the artist and his or her work. ggggg Using poetry as […]
Kevin Young drops by our classroom to discuss some of the more notable modern poetry hoaxes, glimpsing into the secret history of the poem as something conceived to tempt or even trick. By understanding the ways the hoax works, Young suggests that we may better know our own assumptions, habits, and hurts, and how to […]
On today’s Nooner, Dinaw Mengestu reads from his novel All Our Names. Named as one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2014, the novel looks at the relationship between a Midwestern social worker and an Ethiopian exile trying to reconcile with the forces that brought him to America. You can follow all of […]
We kickoff 2015 with “The Furniture Appears to be Dreaming,” Matthew Zapruder’s attempt to spectacularly fail, for once and for all, to define poetry. In this lecture, first given at last summer’s workshop, Matthew tackled metaphor, so-called “poetic” language, and explored the differences between poetry and prose. Other topics covered included Keats, chimney sweepers, Bishop, line […]
On today’s Nooner, Jonathan Dee reads his short story “Four More Years”. The story, which you can read here, appears in Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York. You can follow all of our podcasts via iTunes. ddd Jonathan Dee is the author of five novels, including The […]
On today’s Nooner, you get sneak peak listen as Mat Johnson reads from his forthcoming novel Loving Day. Recorder live at our 2014 Summer Workshop, the reading centers on Warren Duffy who has returned to America for all the wrong reasons; his marriage to a beautiful Welsh woman has come apart; his comic shop in […]
There is no hotter ticket at our annual Summer Writer’s Workshop than a lecture from the Boz. As he does in his essential craft book The Half-Known World: On Writing Fiction, Boswell’s lectures present a mix of autobiographical moments and brief vignettes from his own work, which he then transposes into blueprints that all writers […]
On Today’s Nooner, newlywed Bianca Stone goes back to the altar as she reads from her collection Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House Books/Octopus). hhhh gggg gggg Bianca Stone grew up in Vermont, graduated from NYU’s Creative Writing Program, is the author of several poetry chapbooks, and a poetry comics series. She is the illustrator […]
Too often, when writers try to write an essay, they stumble on common pitfalls like cramming too much information into too small a space, giving too much back story, or trying to write an essay for a particular column rather than writing an emotionally true one. We all have read memoirs that take our breath […]
On Today’s Nooner, our own Matthew Dickman reads from a selection of his work (including a few from Mayakovsky’s Revolver, his excellent 2012 collection) that both starts the party and helps heal the wounds that inevitably occur when it ends.
Trick or Treat? Either way, we have slipped out of the office again to meet you for another quick burst of storytelling. So close the curtains, pour yourself a drink, unwrap some candy, and listen to Jess Walter’s “Don’t Eat Cat.” First published by Byliner, this wickedly funny send-up of zombie fiction also appears in Jess’s […]
Guess whose back in your literary house? On this month’s Tin House Podcast, our man Luis Alberto Urrea preaches on the importance of place in your writing. “You don’t come from a place, you come from a story,” Luis says. “Every place you know, every place you try to create, means something because there is […]
Welcome to the inaugural Tin House Podcast: Nooner Edition, a bi-monthly burst of poetry and story telling culled from our Summer Workshop reading series. On today’s Nooner, Jodi Angel reads from “Firm and Good” which Tin House was luck enough to publish twice. First appearing in our 2013 Summer Reading issue, it is also featured in […]
On the couch with Aimee Bender & Steve Almond
Join us as Dorianne Laux gives a reading from our Writer’s Workshop & Peyton Marshall performs her essay “The Feast”, which first appeared in our Beauty Issue.
We kick the new year off in style with one of our all time favorite talks from the workshop, Anthony Doerr’s lecture on Defamiliarization. As those of you who have read Doerr’s work know (and if you haven’t read him, what gives?), he has the unique ability to make the known world seem strange, swatting […]
You can never get enough Urrea in your life, so turn on, tune in, and drop some knowledge on yourself!
“The smooth sounds of Mary Szybist and Benjamin Percy.”
The infamous Tin House Podcast returns with a fantastic lecture on dialogue from our good friend (and literary crush) Dorothy Allison.
A journey back through halcyon days with two authors who have spent their fair share of time crashing at Tin House.