Tin House

Winter Workshop

The 2017 Tin House Winter Workshops:

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Session 1 (Fiction) will take place January 20th-January 23rd.

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Session 2 (Creative Nonfiction) will take place January 27th-January 30th.

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Session 3 (Poetry) will take place March 3rd-March 5th.

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These workshops combine the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast with a weekend immersed in all things literary. It is led by editors from Tin House magazine and Tin House Books and their guests, prominent writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The program consists of morning workshops, one-on-one meetings with faculty, afternoon craft discussions, and generative exercises. Evenings are reserved for coastal revelry.

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Workshops meet for three sessions- Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Each workshop will have no more than six students and will treat two manuscripts per session. You may only enroll in one workshop.

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Cost:

$40 application fee

$1350 for program + room and board (breakfasts and one dinner) at the Sylvia Beach Hotel + transportation to/from Portland/Newport.

$750-$1000 Mentorships (See Location & Logistics)

Jump to Applications

2017 Faculty Announcement

 

August 15, 2016

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Winter Faculty Alumni

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Dorothy Allison is the best-selling author of Bastard out of Carolina, Cavedweller, and a memoir, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure.  She is the author of Trash, a collection of short stories; The Women Who Hate Me, a collection of poetry; and Skin: Talking about Sex, Class, and Literature, a collection of essays.

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tin House, the Georgia Review, and the Best American Short Stories 2004 and 2009. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, she was named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by the New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design.

Nick Flynn is the award-winning author of Some Ether, Blind Huber, The Ticking is the Bomb and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. He is also the author of four acclaimed books of poetry, the latest being My Feelings (Graywolf Press, 2015).

Debra Gwartney is the author of Live Through This, a memoir which was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. She has published essays in American Scholar, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Salon, Tampa Review, Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, The New York Times (“Modern Love” column), and others. Debra is currently a member of the nonfiction faculty for Pacific University’s MFA in Writing program.

Mitchell S. Jackson is the author of the e-book Oversoul: Stories and Essays, and the novel The Residue Years, which received The Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. It was also a finalist for the Center For Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First novel prize, the PEN/ Hemingway award for first fiction, The Hurston / Wright Legacy Award for best fiction by a writer of African descent. Jackson has become a well-regarded speaker who was read and/or and lectured at institutions including Brown University, Columbia University, Yale University, Middlebury College, and UMASS; at events including The Brooklyn Book Festival, The Miami Book Festival, and the Sydney Writers’ Festival; at various adult prisons and youth facilities; and for organizations including The Pathfinders of Oregon, The PEN / Faulkner Foundation, and The Volunteers of America. He serves on the faculty of New York University and Columbia University.

Lacy M. Johnson is a Houston-based artist, curator, teacher, activist, and is author of The Other Side (Tin House, 2014) and Trespass: A Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2012), and she is co-creator of the location-based storytelling project [the invisible city]. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Racial Imaginary, Fourth Genre, Literature: The Human Experience, Creative Nonfiction, Sentence, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast and elsewhere. The Other Side was recently named a finalist in nonfiction for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. 

Karen Karbo‘s first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was aNew York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Village VoiceTop Ten Book of the Year. Her other two adult novels, The Diamond Lane and Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me, were also named New York Times Notable Books. The Stuff of Life,about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was an NYT Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-fiction.Karbo is most well known for her international best-selling Kick Ass Women series, which examines the lives of a quartet of iconic 20th century women. Julia Child Rules (2013),  How Georgia Became O’Keeffe (2011), The Gospel According to Coco Chanel  (2009), and How to Hepburn (2007)

Whitney Otto is the author of five novels: How To Make an American Quilt, which was a New York Times Best Seller (as well as other bestseller lists) and NY Times Notable Book; nominated for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award, and adapted into a feature film produced by Steven Spielberg. Now You See Her was nominated for an Oregon Book Award, and optioned for film. The Passion Dream Book was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, optioned for a film, and an Oregonian Book Club selection. A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity was a Multnomah County Library selection. Eight Girls Taking Pictures is being published by Scribner in November 2012. Her novels have been published in fourteen languages.

Jon Raymond is the author of the novels Rain Dragon, The Half-Life, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2004, and the short story collection Livability, winner of the 2009 Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. He is the writer of several films, including Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff, and cowriter of the Emmy-nominated screenplay for the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce. Raymond’s writing has appeared in Bookforum, Artforum, Tin House, the Village Voice, and other publications.

Wells Tower’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Outside, GQ, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Washington Post Magazine and elsewhere. The recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, and the Plimpton Discovery Prize from The Paris Review, Tower is the author of “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned”.

Vanessa Veselka has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex-worker, a union organizer, a student of paleontology, an expatriate, an independent record label owner, a train-hopper, a waitress, and a mother. Her work has appeared in GQ, Best American Essays, Bust, Tin House, Bitch, Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll, and elsewhere. Her novel, Zazen, won the 2012 Pen/Robert Bingham Prize for a Debut Work of Fiction.

 


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The Hotel

The Winter Workshops will be held at the beautiful, literary-themed Sylvia Beach Hotel. Located in the Nye Beach district of Newport, OR, the property sits on a 45-foot bluff overlooking the Pacific, with coastal panoramas that include the famed Yaquina Head Lighthouse. A true hotel for book lovers, the Sylvia Beach Hotel offers 21 individually decorated rooms based on some of the world’s most famous authors. Once registered for the workshop, you will be able to select which room you will be staying in. Please note that rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

A bevy of book stores, specialty boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants are all within walking distance of the hotel.

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Meals

Breakfast and one dinner are included in the program and will take place in the hotel’s dining room, Tables of Content. Breakfast will be served Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, from 8:30-9:30. Dinner, a five-course meal with a menu being prepared specifically for our workshop, will take place on Friday. Participants will be responsible for lunch (daily) and dinner (Saturday/Sunday).

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Workshops

Held daily from 9:30-1:00pm, workshops will be take place at the Sylvia Beach Hotel and the nearby Hemingway House, a beach retreat dedicated to Papa himself.

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Transportation

Located two and a half hours southwest of Portland, the city of Newport is best reached by car.

Tin House will be providing limited transportation to and from the workshop. Those who sign up will need to arrange to be at our offices by 12pm on the Friday of their workshop. The scheduled return time will be 6:00pm on the following Monday.

For those that do drive, parking will be available at both the hotel and the adjacent Hemingway House.

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Mentorships

Once accepted and registered into the program, Workshop participants who have completed a book of stories or poems, a novel, or a memoir and want to receive a consultation on ways to improve their manuscripts are invited to apply for a mentorship with select faculty and editors. To be considered for this program, please fill out the mentorship application included in your acceptance packet. Tin House will then submit a query to your choice of faculty/editor. If the mentor is available, the student is required to submit his or her book-length manuscript before the Workshop begins.

A mentorship is not an edit, but a manuscript evaluation. Students can expect to meet with their mentors one afternoon during the weekend of the Workshop and receive a comprehensive three-to-five-page manuscript evaluation.

Mentorships are highly competitive. Acceptance into the Workshop does not automatically qualify students for the mentor program.

MENTORSHIPS
Under 250 pages: $750.00
251 – 350 Pages: $1000.00
351 and over: TBD

 


Tentative Workshop Schedule

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Friday

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12:30 pm: Depart from Tin House

3:30 pm: Check-In at Sylvia Beach Hotel

5:30 pm: Welcome Reception (Hemingway House)

7:00 pm: Dinner at Sylvia Beach Hotel

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Saturday

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8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast at Sylvia Beach Hotel

9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Workshops

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Faculty One-on-Ones

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch Break

2:15 pm – 4:45 pm: Afternoon Sessions

8:00 pm: Nightcap (Hemingway House)

9:00 pm: Karaoke at Moby Dick’s

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Sunday

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8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast at Sylvia Beach Hotel

9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Workshops

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Faculty One-on-Ones

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch Break

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Afternoon Session

7:00 pm: Faculty Reading at Cannon Way Bookstore

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Monday

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8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Checkout

9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Workshops

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Faculty One-on-Ones

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch Break

2:30 pm: Depart for Portland

6:00 pm: Arrive at Tin House

Applying

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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 expect to receive over 100 applications (for 18 spots) per session. Our acceptance rate last year was 30%.

Applications are rolling. Other than for scholarships, there is no firm deadline for applying, though we do tend to start filling up in early November.

The average turnaround time for applications is four weeks.

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 Winter Workshop.

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

Application deadline is November 21st, 2016

* Participants may only attend our workshops for three consecutive sessions. This includes both summer and winter.

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Scholarships

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We are pleased to announce that we will be awarding one full scholarship for each of our 2017 Winter Workshop sessions.  A full scholarship includes both tuition and housing. All scholarship recipients will need to provide for their own transportation to and from Portland.

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 October 12th, 2016.

We will notify scholarship recipients by email by November 1, 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.

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Apply Now! (Live September 1st, 2016)