Tin House

Winter Workshop

Applications for our Winter Workshops will go live October 1st. Details forthcoming in September.

The 2015 Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop will feature 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

 

 

Whitney Otto is the author of five novels, including Eight Girls Taking Pictures, The Passion Dream Book, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, and How To Make an American Quilt, which was a New York Times Best Seller and was adapted into a feature film produced by Steven Spielberg. Her work has also appeared in anthologies, magazines and the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Oregonian.

 

 

Jon Raymond is the author of the novel 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. A 2009 Oregon Book Award winner, Jon lives in Portland with his family.

 

 

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.

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

 Please Note that this Winter Workshop session is now closed. Details concerning the 2015 Winter Workshop will be posted in September.

Admission

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 three 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 Online

If you prefer to apply online, please write a cover letter to accompany your writing and include the following information:

List your preferred workshop leaders in order of preference.

Any workshops or conferences you’ve attended in the past.

How you heard about the Tin House Winter Workshop.

Tell us what you hope to gain from the workshop.

 

Applying by Mail

If you plan to apply by mail, please print and complete a general admission application form. Please submit no more than 15 pages. And no funny stuff: double-spaced, one-inch margins, and a reasonably sized font. If you’re submitting from a longer work, please do your best to ensure the excerpt is self-contained. Finally, your name should appear on each page.

Along with your application and writing sample, include an SASE and the $20 application fee–checks can be made out to Tin House Literary Services. Drop all this in the mail to us at:

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Tin House Winter Workshop
2601 NW Thurman Street
Portland, OR 97210