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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

Posted in Essays, Events, Tin House Books, Writer's Workshop

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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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The Red Pen: Thoughts On Editing and Being Edited

When I was in college, I sat down for an informational interview with an editor who mentioned an old saying that one can write or one can edit, but one can’t do both. Maybe people really do go around saying this, but I never did hear anyone else suggest it, and in fact I don’t […]

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Apply Now!

We have opened the gates & are now accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Workshop. Come for the amazing lectures and wildly talented instructors. Stay for the drinks and dessert bar.

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2014 Summer Writer’s Workshop: Faculty Announcement

While we still finalize plans for our inaugural Winter Workshop (hurry, the application deadline is December 20th), allow us a moment to dream of warmer days in July. Days that include some of the finest writers this nation has to offer teaching workshops, giving craft lectures, reading from new work, and sharing a drink or […]

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Wisdom Coupon: Nicholson Baker

“Minor, major—those words have never done much for me. I don’t understand them. The question any novel is really trying to answer is, Is life worth living? That’s a major question, a huge question, but the best way to ­answer it might not be to crank the novelistic universe into a crude, lurching ­motion by […]

Posted in Fiction, Writer's Workshop

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Tin House Nooner: Matthew Dickman

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.

Posted in Podcasts, Poetry, Writer's Workshop

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Ten Things I Learned From Knitting

Who knew that by learning to knit, we also learn how to live?

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Deal of the Month

Something new for you and your beverage. Now through November, buy any tee shirt and receive a free Tin House Koozie. hhh

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The Tin House Nooner: Jess Walter

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 […]

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The Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop

So nice we decided to workshop twice…… We are excited to announce that the inaugural Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop will take place the weekend of January 31st in the beautiful seaside town of Newport, Oregon. Held at the literary-themed Sylvia Beach Hotel, this boutique workshop experience combines the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast, […]

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The Tin House Podcast: Episode #10

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 […]

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On the Making of Orchards

“God / Has as it were a grandchild in your art.”

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Wisdom Coupon: Alice Munro

From the 2013 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature, Alice Munro.   “A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, […]

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The Tin House Nooner: Jodi Angel

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 […]

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Don’t Write What You Know

Stories aren’t about things. Stories are things.

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From Maggie Nelson’s “A Sort of Leaning Against” (Writer’s Notebook II)

From Maggie Nelson’s “A Sort of Leaning Against, ”Writer’s Notebook II

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More Workshop Gems

As we continue to sift through our journals, notebooks, and countless crumpled up cocktail napkins that were accumulated during our most recent Writer’s Workshop, we offer up another batch of some of our favorite quotes from the conference. “In order to be a living, breathing thing, a novel has to be failed in some kind […]

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You Can Do It

At this year’s Writer’s Workshop, Anthony Doerr left us with this message of hope at the conclusion of his lecture on failure. Take from it what you can…..

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Friday Reads: Workshop Edition

 A small sampling of the many books referenced and discussed during our Writer’s Workshop. Steve Almond recommends: Stoner by John Williams & Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell Dana Spiotta recommends: Libra by Don DeLillo Dorianne Laux recommends:The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart by Deborah Diggs & The work of Larry Levis […]

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Workshop Gems

As we continue to sift through our journals, notebooks, and countless crumpled up cocktail napkins that were accumulated during our most recent Writer’s Workshop, we offer up an initial batch of some of our favorite quotes from the conference. “Poets are like early Christians, hiding in caves and hoping you’ll last, hoping you won’t get […]

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