Autumn Nonfiction & Poetry Workshop

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2024 Autumn Nonfiction & Poetry Workshop

Autumn Nonfiction & Poetry Workshop

November 14-18, 2024
Applications open:
June 1, 2024
Applications close:
June 26, 2024

The Tin House Autumn Nonfiction/Poetry Workshop is a long weekend intensive for nonfiction and poetry writers that consist of curated workshops with 6 participants per class, meetings with faculty/Tin House Books Editors/Agents, craft lectures, generative exercises, and readings. There will be plenty of opportunities for mingling, sightseeing, and, of course, karaoke.

The workshops will take place at our offices in NW Portland, which are centrally located and features the bookstore Bishop & Wilde. Many housing and eating options are within walking distance.

Room & board are not included in this workshop (though lunch will be provided on Monday), as will drinks and snacks throughout the weekend).

Enrolled applicants will be able to connect for shared housing as well as a discount at a nearby hotel.



We ask for one (4,000 words or less) unpublished nonfiction fiction sample or four unpublished poems.

If you have previously been accepted/attended, please do not apply with the same sample. A different excerpt from the same project is acceptable.

Once admitted, you will have the opportunity to workshop a different manuscript or section from your project.

In addition to the writing sample, the application includes several questions about your project.

Applicants must be 21 years of age to apply.

International writers may apply.

There is no cap on the number of Tin House Workshops you may attend.

Applications are read by a board composed of Tin House Workshop staff and Reading Fellows. At least two readers will read all applications, and acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample and how much the board feels an applicant might benefit from the Workshop and contribute to the community.



We will award four general scholarships for our 2024 Autumn Nonfiction/Poetry Workshop. The scholarships cover the full conference tuition and lodging in Portland. Scholars will be responsible for their travel to/from Portland. 

All scholarship applicants are considered for general admission (you do not need to submit a separate general application).

You may only receive a scholarship to attend a Tin House Workshop once.

We announce the names of the Scholars after the conclusion of the workshop.

Please reach out to if you have any eligibility questions. 



Fee Waivers

Tin House offers a limited number of application fee waivers through our Pay It Forward program. We will distribute these waivers on a first-come, first-serve basis. As an applicant, you can help cover the cost of another writer’s application fee through this same program. All excess application funds will go towards additional 2024 scholarships/application fees.

For inquiries, please email with the subject line “Autumn NF/Poetry Fee Waiver.”



COVID Policy

Upon acceptance, everyone attending the 2024 Tin House Autumn Workshop will need to email proof of vaccination/boosters and provide documentation before the event. For those participants with approved religious or medical vaccination exemptions, proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test must be sent within 72 hours before the workshop.

At this time, we are planning to require masks for all indoor workshop events.





3:00 pm: Welcome Lecture

3:30 pm: Welcome Workshop Meeting

4:30 pm: Happy Hour



9:ooam: Coffee Social Hour

10:00am-12:00pm: Workshop

12:30pm-1:30pm: One-on-One Meetings

3:00pm: Lecture

4:30: Student Readings/Happy Hour






9:ooam: Coffee Social Hour

10:00am-12:00pm: Workshop

12:30pm-1:30pm: One-on-One Meetings

3:00pm: Lecture

4:30: Lecture

7:30pm: Faculty Readings



9:ooam: Coffee Social Hour

10:00am-12:00pm: Workshop

12:30pm-1:30pm: One-on-One Meetings