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2015 Winner of The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Anthony Doerr

We here at Tin House are big fans of Anthony Doerr and especially his novel All The Light We Cannot See, so we couldn’t be happier to see him awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. And while he’s never given us the secret of how to be the most charming, disarming sweetheart of a […]

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Summer Scholarship Deadline Fast Approaching!

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How I Came to Live Here

We drove through Oakland, a desultory meander along the estuary in the warehouse district where the Port boom cranes line up in a string of white horses and the big freighters hug the shore waiting to be relieved of their cargo so they can turn around and get more on the other side of the […]

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The Tin House Podcast: Kevin Young

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 […]

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The Tin House Nooner: Dinaw Mengestu

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 […]

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The Tin House Podcast: Matthew Zapruder

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 […]

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Winter Workshop Craft: Jon Raymond

As we continue to take applications (Deadline is December 17th!) for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction winter workshops, we thought we would check in with a few of our faculty to get a perspective on their own history inside the classroom. Next in the water, Jon Raymond. Tin House: What can you tell us about […]

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Announcing Our 2015 Summer Faculty!!!!!

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Tin House Nooner: Jonathan Dee

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 […]

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Winter Workshop Craft: Justin Hocking

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction winter workshops, we thought we would check in with a few of our faculty to get a perspective on their own history inside the classroom. Next on the dock, Justin Hocking. Tin House: What can you tell us about your first workshop experience […]

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Winter Workshop Craft: Whitney Otto

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction winter workshops, we thought we would check in with a few of our faculty to get a perspective on their own history inside the classroom. Next to the Principal’s office, Whitney Otto. Tin House: What can you tell us about your first workshop […]

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Tin House Nooner: Mat Johnson

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 […]

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Winter Workshop Craft: Debra Gwartney

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction winter workshops, we thought we would check in with a few of our faculty to get a perspective on their own history inside the classroom. Next up to the chalkboard, Debra Gwartney. Tin House: What can you tell us about your first workshop […]

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Winter Workshop Craft: Jodi Angel

ggg As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction winter workshops, we thought we would check in with a few of our faculty to get a perspective on their own history inside the classroom. Next up to the podium, Jodi Angel. Tin House: What can you tell us about your first […]

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Winter Workshop Craft Buoy: Karen Karbo

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction winter workshops, we thought we would check in with a few of our faculty to get a perspective on their own history inside the classroom. First up to the podium, Karen Karbo. Tin House: What can you tell us about your first workshop […]

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The Tin House Podcast: Complex Moments in Fiction, with Robert Boswell

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 […]

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Tin House Nooner: Bianca Stone

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 […]

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The Tin House Podcast: 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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Get Coastal with Tin House

Tin House is now accepting applications for our 2015 Winter Writer’s Workshops. These unique retreats combine the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast with a weekend immersed in all things literary. Led by editors from Tin House magazine and Tin House Books and their guests, prominent writers of fiction and nonfiction, the program consists of morning workshops and […]

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Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots by William Wallace Cook

A pretends that a wax figure, X, is his wife

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“Short Story: A Process of Revision” by Antonya Nelson

from The Writer’s Notebook II: Craft Essays from Tin House

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“The Only Solution to the Soul Is the Senses: A Meditation on Bill Murray and Myself” by David Shields

from The Story About the Story II: Great Writers Explore Great Literature

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“Place” by Dorothy Allison

from The Writer’s Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House

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Salinger and Sobs

from The Story About the Story: Great Writers Explore Great Literature

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How Not to Hate Your Friends

AWP can be decadent fun, but its sideshow of agenda-pushing and humblebragging can lead you to feel hungover in more ways than one. If you’re dreading seeing some of your online acquaintances in real life, Courtney Maum (once again) has some tips on how to go from feeling like a “have not” to a “have.” […]

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