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General Applications: CLOSED (Live January 1st, 2016)
Scholarship Applications: (Live January 1st, 2016)
Short Fiction Scholarship
Novel Writing Scholarship
Creative Nonfiction/Memoir Scholarship
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.
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.
Including scholarship applications, we average around 1,000 applications per summer. Our acceptance rate last year was 34%.
Applications are rolling. Other than for scholarships, there is no firm deadline for applying, though we do tend to start filling up in early May.
The average turnaround time for applications is six weeks.
*Starting in 2016, participants may only attend our summer workshop for three consecutive years. If you have attended in 2013, 2014, and 2015, we kindly ask that you apply again in 2017.
- 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 at the beginning. 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 do not apply.
- Please apply with work that matches the genre you are hoping to study in (nonfiction for nonfiction, etc.).
- You may apply in multiple genres, though you will need to supply a separate application, work sample, and fee for each genre you wish to apply in (please note that short fiction/novel writing fall under the same umbrella and do no require separate applications).
- You may apply with work that has been previously published.
You will have the opportunity to switch your manuscript out once accepted.
Tin House Scholars
We are pleased to announce that we will be awarding both full and partial scholarships for the 2015 Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshops. All scholarship recipients will need to provide for their own transportation to and from Reed College.
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 18, 2016.
We will notify scholarship recipients by email by April 13, 2016.
One may be awarded a scholarship once every five years.
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.
You may apply with work that has been previously published, though we do tend to favor fresh work when considering scholarships.
Along with your manuscript, please include a 400-800-word essay describing what you are currently working on, how you hope an experience at our conference will benefit your writing, and any other personal information that you feel like we should know about you. Think of this as nothing more than an introduction to who you are and where you’re coming from as a writer.
A full auditor’s pass ($350) gives you access to all craft lectures, agent/editor meetings, and our evening faculty readings. There will also be an opportunity for a select number of you to exchange manuscripts will your fellow auditors. While we don’t allow auditors to sit in the actual workshop sessions with the faculty, you will get the chance to interact with them during many of the social functions we throw daily. One of the great things about our workshop is the lack of hierarchy. Everyone, no matter their publishing credentials, is treated the same.
To apply for an auditor’s pass, please email our workshop director (Lance Cleland) at email@example.com.