Applying by mail?
2014 Workshop Application
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A board composed of Tin House 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 five weeks.
Once accepted, enrollment into the program is granted on a first-come, first-served basis (meaning you must put down a deposit to reserve a spot). We encourage students to apply early, as workshops 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 (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 20- page limit.
Finally, your name should appear on each page.
For Poetry, you can submit up to five poems (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.
Feel free to apply with previously published work. You will have the opportunity to switch your manuscript out once accepted.
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 97210.
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.
After establishing an account with our application manager, please upload everything as one file.
Tuition & Fees
Application fee: $40
Food & Lodging: $600.00
Auditors: Passes will go on sale May 1st. Please email Lance Cleland: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 503-219-0622 to sign up.
Full Auditor’s Pass (includes all morning lectures, afternoon seminars, evening readings, and agent/editor meetings): $250.00
Individual seminars: $15
Individual readings: $5