Tin House

Applying

Application for the 2015 Summer Workshop will go live January 1st.

After reading our Guidelines, please click the appropriate link and follow the prompts:

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General Applications:

Short Fiction
Novel Writing
Creative Nonfiction/Memoir
Poetry

Scholarship Applications:

Please note that you DO NOT need to fill out a general application if applying with a scholarship application

Short Fiction
Novel Writing
Creative Nonfiction/Memoir
Poetry

General Admission

A board composed of Tin House Workshop editorial staff members decides upon applications. Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample, as well as how much the board feels an applicant might benefit from the Workshop.

Admissions are rolling, with an average turnaround time of six weeks.

Once accepted, enrollment into the program is granted on a first-come, first-served basis (meaning you must put down a deposit to secure a spot). We encourage students to apply early, as workshops fill quickly.

Guidelines

For Fiction or Nonfiction, submit no more than twenty pages (of no more than two samples). And no funny stuff: double-spaced, one-inch margins, and 12pt font. If you’re submitting from a longer work, please do your best to ensure the excerpt is self-contained & include a brief (1 page) project synopsis. This will not count towards the twenty page limit.

For Poetry, you can submit up to five poems (totaling no more than 10 pages max)—the font/spacing/marginal requirements of course don’t apply.

Please do not send Flash or strict genre fiction, children’s, or young adult literature. While we love these, we do not teach them at the Workshop.

You will have the opportunity to switch your manuscript out once accepted.

Please include a cover letter to accompany your writing and include the following information:

1) A brief, 200 words or less bio that includes publications and previous workshops attended.

2) Have you applied to or attended Tin House before?

3) List of your 3 preferred workshop leaders.

After establishing an account with our application manager, please upload everything as one file.

Tin House Scholars

We are pleased to announce that we will be awarding both full and partial scholarships for the 2015 Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshops. Partial scholarships cover Tuition only. All scholarship recipients will need to provide for their own transportation to and from Reed College.

Scholarships are highly competitive. A board composed of Tin House Workshop editorial staff members reviews each scholarship application, and judges the work based on its execution and promise, as well as how much the board feels an applicant might benefit from the Workshop. The board’s final decisions are made on the merit of the writing sample alone. Please do not send letters of recommendation.

The deadline for scholarship applications is March 25, 2015.

We will notify scholarship recipients by phone and email by April 17, 2015.

Guidelines

All scholarship applicants will also be considered for general admission (meaning you do not need to submit a general application as well). Scholarship applicants will receive 2 announcements concerning their applications: an initial yes/no as to general admittance, followed by a yes/no as to the scholarship.

Please note that acceptance into the workshop does not guarantee you a spot; you must put down a deposit to secure placement. Registering early gives you preference in the assigning of workshop leaders (some of whom tend to fill up rather quickly). We assign faculty on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All Tin House Scholars will have a spot in the workshop held for them, however, we cannot guarantee that it will be with one of your top three faculty choices.

For Fiction or Nonfiction, submit no more than twenty pages (of no more than two samples). And no funny stuff: double-spaced, one-inch margins, and 12pt font.

For Poetry, you can submit up to five poems (10 pages max)—the font/spacing/marginal requirements of course don’t apply.

If you’re submitting from a longer work, please do your best to ensure the excerpt is self-contained &  include a brief (1 page) project synopsis. This will not count towards the 20- page limit.

Please do not send Flash or strict genre fiction, children’s, or young adult literature. While we love these, we do not teach them at the Workshop.

Along with your scholarship application, please include a 300-600-word essay describing your background and how you hope an experience at our conference will benefit your writing. Think of this as nothing more or less than an introduction to who you are and where you’re coming from as a writer.

Please include a cover letter to accompany your writing and include the following information:

1) A brief, 200 words or less bio that includes publications and previous workshops attended.

2) Have you applied to or attended Tin House before?

3) List of your 3 preferred workshop leaders.

After establishing an account with our application manager, please upload everything as one file.