Tin House

Winter Workshop

The 2016 Tin House Winter Writers’ Workshops:

Faculty Announcements September 9th

Applications go live September 23rd

 

Session I (Fiction) will take place January 28th-February 1st.

Session II (Creative Nonfiction) will take place February 5th-February 8th.

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 and nonfiction. The program consists of morning workshops, one-on-one meetings with faculty, afternoon craft discussions, and generative exercises. Evenings are reserved for coastal revelry.

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.

If you have questions about which faculty member would best suit your work, please call our office at 503-219-0622 (or email our workshop director, lance@tinhouse.com) and we will do our best to steer you to the most appropriate workshop.

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

2016 Faculty will be announced September 9th

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Session One (Jan 28th-Feb 1st)

 

 

 

 


Session Two (Feb 5th- Feb 8th)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hotel

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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.

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

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Meals

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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

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Held daily from 10:00-1:00pm, 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

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Located two and a half hours southwest of Portland, the city of Newport is best reached by car.
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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 Friday, January 28th/February 5th, with a scheduled return time of 5:30pm on Monday, February 1st/8th.

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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

 


Friday, January 30th/February 6th

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12:30 pm:

Depart from Tin House

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3:30 pm:

Check-In at Sylvia Beach Hotel

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5:30 pm:

Welcome Reception (Hemingway House)

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7:00 pm:

Dinner at Sylvia Beach Hotel

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Saturday, January 31st/February 7th

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8:30 am – 9:30 am:

Breakfast at Sylvia Beach Hotel

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10:00 am – 1:00 pm:

Workshops

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1:00 pm – 3:00 pm:

Lunch Break

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3:00 pm – 4:30 pm:

Afternoon Session

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5:00 pm – 9:00 pm:

Coastal Freedom

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9:00 pm:

Karaoke at Moby Dick’s

 

Sunday, February 1st/February 8th

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8:30 am – 9:30 am:

Breakfast at Sylvia Beach Hotel

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10:00 am – 1:00 pm:

Workshops

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1:00 pm – 3:00 pm:

Lunch Break

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3:00 pm – 4:30 pm:

Afternoon Session

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7:00 pm:

Dinner/Faculty Reading at Nana’s

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Monday, February 2nd/February 9th

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8:30 am – 9:30 am:

Breakfast

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9:30 am – 10:00 am:

Checkout

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10:00 am – 1:00 pm:

Workshops

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1:00 pm – 3:00 pm:

Lunch Break

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3:00 pm:

Depart for Portland

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5:30 pm:

Arrive at Tin House

Admission (Applications will go live September 15, 2015)

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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 submitted writing sample, as well as how much the board feels an applicant might benefit from the Winter Workshop.We will notify applicants of acceptance or rejection within four weeks of the application’s receipt. Once accepted, enrollment into the program is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis (meaning you need to register in-order to guarantee your spot). We encourage you to apply early, as workshops can fill quickly.

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Applying

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Please 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.

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.

 

 

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