Tin House

Winter Workshop

The 2017 Tin House Winter Workshops

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Session 1 (Fiction)

January 20th-January 23rd

Faculty: Kevin Barry, T. Geronimo Johnson, and Michelle Wildgen

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Session 2 (CNF)

January 27th-January 30th

Faculty: Melissa Febos, Rob Spillman, and Lidia Yuknavitch

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Session 3 (Poetry)

March 3rd-March 5th

Faculty: Ada Limón, Kevin Young, Matthew Zapruder, and TBA

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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.

18 participants per session.

Scholarships available.

Applications go live September 1st, 2016

Scholarship Deadline: October 24th, 2016

General Application Deadline: November 21st, 2016

Cost:

$40 application fee

$1300 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

The 2017 Winter Faculty

 

Session 1

Fiction

January 20th-January 23rd

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Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Beatlebone and City Of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies The Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin City Literary Award, the Goldsmith’s Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the European Union Prize for Literature. His stories have appeared in Tin House, the New Yorker, Granta and many other journals. His work has been translated into 16 languages. He also writes screenplays, plays and radio plays. He lives in County Sligo, Ireland.

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T. Geronimo Johnson, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Stegner Fellow, is a novelist whose work has been selected by the Wall Street Journal Book Club, named a 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, longlisted for the National Book Award, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize, included on Time Magazine’s list of the top ten books of 2015, and named the winner of the 2015 Ernest J Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Johnson was a 2016 National Book Award judge.

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Michelle Wildgen is a writer, editor, and teacher in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to being an executive editor at the literary journal Tin House, Michelle is the author of the novels Bread and Butter, But Not For Long, You’re Not You , and the editor of an anthology, Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast. Her fiction, personal essays, and food writing have also appeared in publications including The New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, and anthologies such as Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer, Best New American Voices 2004, and Best Food Writing 2004 and 2009.

 

 

Session 2

Creative Nonfiction

January 27th-January 30th

 

 

Febos

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart, and the forthcoming essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Guernica, Glamour, Post Road, Salon, New York Times, Dissent, Bitch Magazine, and elsewhere. Her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers, and she is the recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf,Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The MacDowell Colony. She is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and serves on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. 

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Rob Spillman is editor of Tin House magazine and editorial advisor of Tin House Books, as well as the author of the recent memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties. He is the 2015 recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing as well as the 2015 VIDO Award from VIDA. He was previously the monthly book columnist for Details magazine and is a contributor of book reviews and essays to Salon and Bookforum. He has written for the Boston Review, GQ, Details, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. He has also worked for Random House, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. He teaches at various MFA programs, including Columbia University.

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Lidia Yuknavitch is the acclaimed author of seven books, including The Small Backs of Children (Harpers) and The Chronology of Water (Hawthorne Books), and a TED Talk titled The Beauty of Being a Misfit. Her next book The Book of Joan is due from Harpers April 18th. She is a seasoned teacher of writing & literature, and has crafted her body-centered art-making philosophy into a groundbreaking workshop practice—Corporeal Writing. She is the recipient of the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction for the Oregon Book Awards, as well as two Reader’s Choice awards, a PNBA award, and was a finalist for the 2012 Pen Center creative nonfiction award. She is a very good swimmer. She writes, teaches and lives in Portland, Oregon with the filmmaker Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son Miles.

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Session 3

Poetry

March 3rd-6th

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Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.

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Kevin Young is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose including Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (Knopf, 2016); Book of Hours (Knopf, 2014), winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize for Poetry from the Academy of American Poets; Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011); and Dear Darkness (Knopf, 2008). His collection Jelly Roll: a blues (Knopf, 2003) was a finalist for both the National Book Award. He is the editor of several collections, most recently The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965-2010 (BOA Editions, 2012) and The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (Bloomsbury, 2012). He is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing & English and curator of Literary Collections & the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University. He has recently been named the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem,

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Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, including “Come On All You Ghosts,” a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2011, and “Sun Bear,” published in 2014. “Why Poetry,” a book of prose, will be published by Ecco Press in the spring of 2017. An associate professor in the English department and the director of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Saint Mary’s College of California, Zapruder is also editor at large at Wave Books, and The New York Times Magazine’s poetry column editor He lives in Oakland, California. &

 

Winter Faculty Alumni

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Dorothy Allison, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Nick Flynn, Debra Gwartney, Mitchell S. Jackson , Lacy M. Johnson, Karen Karbo, Whitney Otto, Jon Raymond, Wells Tower, and Vanessa Veselka


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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 150 applications (for 18 spots) per session. Our acceptance rate last year was 30%.

The average turnaround time for applications is three weeks.

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

Applications go live September 1st, 2016

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 24th, 2016.

We will notify scholarship recipients by email by November 7, 2016.

One may be awarded a Tin House Scholarship once.

All scholarship applicants will also be considered for general admission (meaning you do not need to submit a general application as well). Scholarship applicants may 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)