Tin House

Winter Workshop

The 2015 Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop  features two sessions this year.

Session I (Fiction) will take place January 30th-February 2nd.

Session II (Creative Nonfiction) will take place February 6th-February 9th.

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 and afternoon craft seminars. Evenings are reserved for literary and career discussions and revelry.

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Workshops meet for three sessions- Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, from 10:30 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, call our office at 503-219-0622 and we will do our best to steer you to the most appropriate workshop.

 

Full Program TUITION:
$40 application fee
$1200 for program + room and board (breakfast and one dinner) at the Sylvia Beach Hotel

 

Jump to Applications

 

Session One (Jan 30-Feb 2)

 

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Jodi Angel is the author of two collections of short stories. Her first collection, The History of Vegas, was published in 2005 and was named a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005 as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Review Discovery. Her second collection, You Only Get Letters from Jail, (2013), was named as a Best Book of 2013 by Esquire. Her work has appeared in Esquire, Tin House, One Story, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Byliner, among other publications and anthologies. Her story, “A Good Deuce,” was named as a “Distinguished Story” in The Best American Short Stories 2012, and her short story, “Snuff,” was selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories 2014. She grew up in Northern California—in a family of girls.

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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.  Here latest novel, Eight Girls Taking Pictures, was published by Scribner in 2012.

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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.

Session Two (Feb 6- Feb 9)

 

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Debra Gwartney is the author of Live Through This, a memoir published in 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Debra is also co-editor, along with her husband Barry Lopez, of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, published by Trinity University Press in 2006. She has published essays in many magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including 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. She lives in Western Oregon with her husband.

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Justin Hocking served as Executive Director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center from 2006 to mid-2014. His his work has appeared in the Rumpus, Orion, Thrasher, The Normal School, the Portland Review, Portland Noir, Poets and Writers, and elsewhere. His memoir, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, was published by Graywolf Press in early 2014. Wonderworld was a Barnes and Nobel Discover Great New Writers selection. Hocking is a recipient of the Willamette Writers’ 2014 Humanitarian Award for his work in publishing, writing and teaching. He is a cofounder, with A.M. O’Malley, of the yearlong Certificate Program in Creative Writing at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and also teaches in the Wilderness Writing MFA program at Eastern Oregon University.

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Karen Karbo is the author of fourteen award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction including the best-selling “Kick Ass Women” series: Julia Child Rules (October 2013); How Georgia Became O’Keeffe (2011); The Gospel According to Coco Chanel (2009), and How to Hepburn (2007). Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was a New York Times 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. Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, the New York Times, salon.com and other magazines.

 

 

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 10:30-1:00pm, 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

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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 3oth/February 6th, with a scheduled return time of 5pm on Monday, February 3rd/9th.

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

 

 

 


Friday, January 30th/February 6th

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  • 12:30 pm

Depart from Tin House

    • 3:30 pm
      Check-In at Sylvia Beach Hotel
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    • 5:00 pm

Welcome Reception (Hemingway House)

    • 7:00 pm

Dinner

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Saturday, January 31st/February 7th

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  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am
    Breakfast

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  • 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Workshops

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  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Lunch Break (Trip to the dock of the bay)

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  • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Afternoon Session

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  • 7:00 pm
    Dinner

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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

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  • 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Workshops

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  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Lunch Break

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  • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Afternoon Session

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  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Dinner (Table of Contents)

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  • 9:00 pm
    Nightcap at the other Pub

 

 

Monday, February 2nd/February 9th

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  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am
    Breakfast

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  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    Checkout

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  • 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Workshops

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    • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Lunch Break
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    • 2:30 pm

Depart for Portland

Admission

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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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