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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 […]

Posted in Desiderata, Writer's Workshop

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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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Best of the Writer’s Workshop: Joy Williams

Dear Blog Buddies, We will be away at camp all week, hanging out with 225 paying customers of our closest friends + some of the best writers in the world. And while most of you won’t be able to join us for conversations about syntactic patterns, drinks on the lawn, and late night duels over […]

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Best of the Writer’s Workshop: Dorothy Allison

Dear Blog Buddies, We will be away at camp all week, hanging out with 225 paying customers of our closest friends + some of the best writers in the world. And while most of you won’t be able to join us for conversations about syntactic patterns, drinks on the lawn, and late night duels over […]

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Best of the Writer’s Workshop: Aimee Bender and Steve Almond

Dear Blog Buddies, We will be away at camp all week, hanging out with 225 paying customers of our closest friends + some of the best writers in the world. And while most of you won’t be able to join us for conversations about syntactic patterns, drinks on the lawn, and late night duels over […]

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Best of the Writer’s Workshop: Anthony Doerr

Dear Blog Buddies, We will be away at camp all week, hanging out with 225 paying customers of our closest friends + some of the best writers in the world. And while most of you won’t be able to join us for conversations about syntactic patterns, drinks on the lawn, and late night duels over […]

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Best of the Writer’s Workshop: Karen Russell

Dear Blog Buddies, We will be away at camp all week, hanging out with 225 paying customers of our closest friends + some of the best writers in the world. And while most of you won’t be able to join us for conversations about syntactic patterns, drinks on the lawn, and late night duels over […]

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Let the Workshop Begin!!!

Hype has found itself working long hours this past month as both Yessus and Magna Carta Holy Grail were dropped on the public with a barrage of pseudo-documentary style ads and Bret Easton Ellis inspired videos. While I won’t argue the merits of either album, I will say collectively they are a pool of melted […]

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The Tin House Podcast: On the Couch, with Aimee Bender & Steve Almond

On the couch with Aimee Bender & Steve Almond

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Wisdom Coupon: David Foster Wallace (requiescat in pace)

“Maybe it’s the fact that most of the arts here are produced by world-weary and sophisticated older people and then consumed by younger people who not only consume art but study it for clues on how to be cool, hip…”

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The Tin House Podcast: On Defamiliarization, with Anthony Doerr

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 […]

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The Tin House Podcast: Writing as a Ghost Story, with Luis Urrea

You can never get enough Urrea in your life, so turn on, tune in, and drop some knowledge on yourself!

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The Tin House Podcast: Velvet Readings, with Mary Szybist & Benjamin Percy

“The smooth sounds of Mary Szybist and Benjamin Percy.”

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The Tin House Podcast: On Dialogue, with Dorothy Allison

The infamous Tin House Podcast returns with a fantastic lecture on dialogue from our good friend (and literary crush) Dorothy Allison.

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The Tin House Podcast: Summer Feelings, with Steve Almond & D.A. Powell

A journey back through halcyon days with two authors who have spent their fair share of time crashing at Tin House.

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Wisdom Coupon, Fish

Only mortal beings experience time as a shaping medium.

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The Tin House Podcast: The Cartography of Imaginary Places, with Karen Russell

Episode #2 of the Tin House Podcast is up and ready for your bracket busting (and downloading) pleasure.

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The Tin House Podcast: Why I Write, with Joy Williams

In our debut episode, your host Lance Cleland brings you Joy Williams’s brilliant reading of “Why I Write” from the 2010 Summer Writers Workshop.

Posted in Essays, Podcasts, Writer's Workshop

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