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Coastal Craft: Ada Limón

As we continue to make plans for our upcoming Winter Workshops, we check in with a few of our faculty to discuss their own classroom experiences.  Tin House: What can you tell us about your first workshop experience (as a participant)? Ada Limón: I was an undergraduate at the University of Washington in Seattle and I […]

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Coastal Craft: Michelle Wildgen

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming Winter Workshops (SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS TOMORROW!), we check in with a few of our faculty to discuss their own classroom experiences.  Tin House: What can you tell us about your first workshop experience (as a participant)? Michelle Wildgen: I’m not sure I remember my first workshop, which […]

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Coastal Craft: Melissa Febos

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming Winter Workshops, we check in with a few of our faculty to discuss their own classroom experiences.  Tin House: What can you tell us about your first workshop experience (as a participant)? Melissa Febos:I think it was a local workshop, led by one of my old […]

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Coastal Craft: Matthew Zapruder

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming Winter Workshops, we check in with a few of our faculty to discuss their own classroom experiences.  Tin House: What can you tell us about your first workshop? Matthew Zapruder: My senior year in college I took a poetry workshop taught by a grumpy visiting Polish poet […]

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Coastal Craft: Lidia Yuknavitch

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming Winter Workshops, we check in with a few of our faculty to discuss their own classroom experiences.  Tin House: What can you tell us about your first workshop? Lidia Yuknavitch: My very first workshop experience was as an infiltrator, which pretty much describes most of my life […]

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How To Write A Kick-Ass Essay, with Ann Hood

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 […]

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On the Couch, with Steve Almond and Aimee Bender

From our 2009 Summer Workshop, Steve Almond and Aimee Bender—both the offspring of therapists—discuss how and why less experienced writers manage to sabotage their own fiction. Among the topics covered are: simplicity phobias, the artistic unconscious, OMD (obsessive metaphor disorder), fear of emotional exposure, prose envy, and obfuscation in the service of the id.  

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On Defamiliarization, with Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr takes the pre off the dictable with a talk on defamiliarization and how its usage in art can alter our perception of the known world. Like the best of his writing, Doerr’s 2008 Summer Workshop lecture ends up being more than just a display of craft: It’s a blueprint for life itself.

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On Dialogue, with Dorothy Allison

Gifted with a voice that could command an audience in any era, Dorothy Allison treated the participants of the 2011 Summer Workshop to a spirited discussion on how characters should speak on the page. Not only ‘he said, she said, none of them said a thing’, but a whole range of language issues–what is said and not […]

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Announcing the 2017 Winter Workshops

  Cooler than a polar bear’s toenails……. We are thrilled to announce the faculty lineup for the fourth annual Tin House Winter Workshops. Taking place at the Sylvia Beach Hotel, these sessions combine the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast with a weekend immersed in all things literary. The program consists of morning workshops, one-on-one meetings […]

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Hymns to the Broken: A Manifesto, with Luis Alberto Urrea

When we first asked Luis Alberto Urrea to give the closing lecture at our 2016 Summer Workshop, he responded by saying he would  “throw love notes over the wall,” and “bread to the disrespected.” It was in this spirit, that Luis took to the podium on our final Saturday together, opened a tiny notebook that […]

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Announcing the Fall Tin House Craft Intensives!

The Tin House Summer Workshop is known for its lectures: brilliant, practical craft talks that hone our writerly chops and make us hungry to work. In this same spirit, Tin House’s Brooklyn outpost is proud to offer Tin House Craft Intensives, a series of afternoon workshops focused on facets of craft and led by Tin House […]

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Announcing the 2016 Tin House Scholars

Now that we have said a tearful goodbye to our Portland summer campers, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge those writers who were the recipients of a 2016 Tin House Scholarship. We could not be more excited by the pages they shared with us, as well as the work yet to come. So […]

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Summer Workshop

Dear Reader, We will be away at our summer writing camp all week, eating red vines and talking about craft. You can keep up with all of our antics by following  #thsw on our various social media channels. And for those of you lucky enough to be in or near Portland this week, please stop […]

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A Cinema of the Mind: An Interview With Dana Spiotta

My experience first reading Dana Spiotta was similar to my experience first reading many of the writers I now think of as my heroes—I read one novel, and then I immediately purchased everything the writer had written and consumed the books rapaciously. In the case of Dana Spiotta, that first novel was Eat the Document, […]

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2015 Tin House Scholars

  With the scholarship deadline for our 2016 Summer Workshop fast approaching, we thought it was the perfect moment to acknowledge (for the first time publicly) our 2015 Tin House Scholars, whose work continues to inspire us. Honored to have them be a part of the Tin House family. Jamel Brinkley is a Kimbilio Fellow, a […]

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A Psychotic Pattern of No-Pattern: A Conversation Between Rachel Kushner and Dana Spiotta

“The idea is to use your secret idiosyncratic strength, just exploit the hell out of it, make of it a life, a synthetic reality. But initially, I did not have the confidence in myself to do that. Once you do do that, there is really no risk, I don’t think, of being overly affected by influence, because anything you read goes into the brew, the brew of one. A solipsism that takes in the world, but remains itself.” – Rachel Kushner

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Spring 2016 Tin House Craft Intensives

Come hone your craft and get inspired with our Tin House Craft Intensives in Brooklyn! Master the micro-essay with Ann Hood in Flash Essay.  Discover what you know about what you don’t know with Darcey Steinke in The Writer’s Journal. Plumb the depths of your writing’s mysteries with Alexandra Kleeman in The Unknown. And see […]

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Uses of the Elegiac, with Amy Gerstler

“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 […]

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On Pandering, with Claire Vaye Watkins

“Why does the voice in my head have an Adam’s apple?” Written on the occasion of Claire’s “troubling realization that I have been writing to impress old white men,” this call to action was given during our 2015 Summer Workshop. A modified version of this essay can be found in Tin House.

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On Pandering

This essay, which is featured in our forthcoming Winter issue, was originally given as a lecture during the 2015 Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop. It was met with enthusiastic applause.  Some Exposition fff Until recently I was a professor at a private liberal arts university in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, a little town located at the exact point […]

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Fire

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction coastal workshops, we have been rolling out a series of posts featuring our stellar faculty. Today we get close to the heat with Nick Flynn’s poem from our Evil Issue. more the idea of the flame than the flame, as in: the flame of […]

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Winter Workshop Buoy: Lacy M. Johnson

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction coastal workshops, we decided to check in with a few of our winter captains to get their perspective on the workshop experience. On the deck, our own Lacy M. Johnson, who will be teaching during Session Two.  Tin House: What can you tell […]

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Jason Who Will Be Famous

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction coastal workshops, we have been rolling out a series of posts featuring our stellar faculty. Today we revisit Dorothy Allison’s contribution to our Anniversary Issue.  Jason is going to be famous, and the best part is that he knows he will be good at […]

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Winter Workshop Buoy: Mitchell S. Jackson

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction coastal workshops, we decided to check in with a few of our winter captains to get their perspective on the workshop experience. First at the helm, Portland’s finest, Mitchell S. Jackson, who will be teaching during Session One.  Tin House: What can you […]

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