Past participants need to reapply. If you attended the Workshop in 2012 and plan to apply by mail, the application fee is waived.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2013 Workshop. If you are interested in auditing the workshop, please email Lance@tinhouse.com
Applying by mail?
2013 Workshop Application
After reading our Guidelines, please click the appropriate link and follow the prompts:
Interested in Applying for a Scholarship?
Click Here (The Scholarship deadline has passed.)
The application form is a PDF document. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free using the link below.
A board composed of Tin House editorial staff members decides upon applications. Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the submitted writing sample, as well as how much the board feels an applicant might benefit from the Workshop.
We will notify applicants of acceptance or rejection within four weeks of the application’s receipt. Once accepted, enrollment into the program is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. We encourage students to apply early, as workshops can fill quickly.
If you plan to apply by mail, please print and complete a general admission application form. For Fiction or Nonfiction, submit no more than twenty pages. And no funny stuff: double-spaced, one-inch margins, and a reasonably sized font. If you’re submitting from a longer work, please do your best to ensure the excerpt is self-contained. Finally, your name should appear on each page. For Poetry, you can submit up to six poems (10 pages max)—the font/spacing/marginal requirements of course don’t apply.
Please do not send strict genre fiction, children’s, or young adult literature. While we love these, we do not teach them at the Workshop.
Along with your application and writing sample, include an SASE and the $40 application fee–checks can be made out to Tin House Literary Services. Drop all this in the mail to us at:
P.O. Box 10500,
Portland, OR 97296.
If you prefer to apply online, please write a cover letter to accompany your writing and include the following information:
- List your 3 preferred workshop leaders.
- List any workshops or conferences you’ve attended in the past.
- Tell us how you heard about the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop.
- Tell us what you hope to gain from the workshop.
After establishing an account with our application manager, please upload everything as one file.
Tuition & Fees
Application fee: $40
Tuition: $1100 for registration
Food & Lodging: $575.00
Auditors: (no applications necessary)
All seminars and readings (including morning lectures): $200.00
Evening readings only: $20.00
Individual seminars: $15
Individual readings: $5