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Tin House Podcasts

Subscribe free to this semi-regular happening featuring readings, craft talks, literary musings, and other tomfoolery from the world of Tin House Magazine, Books, and our writing workshops. A must for those of you with time to spare.

September 2, 2016

Talking Dialogue, with Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison leads 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 said, dialect and rhythm, pacing, patterns in speech, and most importantly, the language of gesture and avoidance. Yes, there was a bit of cursing involved in this lecture recored during our 2011 Summer Workshop, but to be cursed at by Dorothy Allison is an experience to be treasured. Trust us, we have firsthand experience.

August 29, 2016

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

"We all need a place to stand. I will tell you where I stand and offer you a place or two in your own art where you might pitch a tent."

December 1, 2015

On Pandering, with Claire Vaye Watkins

“Why does the voice in my head have an Adam’s apple?” Some thoughts about Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, VIDA, and the audience within. Written on the occasion of one writer's troubling realization that she has been writing to impress old white men.

October 1, 2015

Building The Emotional Image, with Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz moves through a series of readings and exercises to help you discover what your images really mean to you, and what they can mean to your readers.

September 1, 2015

When the Action is Hot, Write Cool, with Debra Gwartney

Debra Gwartney discusses the ways in which you can allow the reader to feel for herself, rather than be instructed by the writer.

August 1, 2015

Making Sense of the Sentence, with Christopher R. Beha

Many writers spend a good amount of time tirelessly perfecting sentences that serve no purpose, forever chasing the fair without ever considering the fit. This lecture, first given during our 2012 Summer Workshop, and later anthologized in The Writer’s Notebook II (as “Do Something”), looks into the work that the best type of sentences do, examining how they play within their paragraphs, and how that interplay influences the story as a whole.

May 1, 2015

Making the Black Dog Sit, with Matthew Dickman

Tin House poetry editor Matthew Dickman tackles the complicated subject of suicide by examining poems which engage with the often misunderstood act, illuminating how the shadow of suicide affects both the life of the artist and his or her work.

February 1, 2015

How to Write a Hoax Poem, with Kevin Young

Kevin Young discusses 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 subvert them in our writing. For the hoax poem urges us to write poetry that is not afraid of chaos but confronts it.

January 1, 2015

The Furniture Appears to be Dreaming, with Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder attempts to spectacularly fail, for once and for all, to define poetry in this lecture from our 2014 Summer Workshop.