Autumn Workshop

2022 Autumn Fiction Workshop

November 3-7, 2022
Applications close:
August 14, 2022

At this time, we are planning to require proof of vaccination and masks for all indoor events related to the workshop.

2022 Faculty

Carolina De Robertis

A writer of Uruguayan origins, Carolina De Robertis is the author of the novels The President and the Frog, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award; Cantoras, winner of a Stonewall Book Award and a Reading Women Award, a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and a Lambda Literary Award, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice; The Gods of Tango, winner of a Stonewall Book Award; Perla; and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain, which received Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize. Their books have been translated into seventeen languages and have received numerous other honors, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lydia Kiesling

Lydia Kiesling is the author of The Golden State and the forthcoming novel Mobility (August 2023). A 2018 National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree, her writing has appeared at outlets including The Cut, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker online, The Guardian, and Slate. She lives in Portland with her family.

Morgan Talty

Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He received his BA in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his MFA in fiction from Stonecoast’s low-residency program. His story collection Night of the Living Rez is out now from Tin House Books (2022), and his work has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. A winner of the 2021 Narrative Prize, Talty’s work has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts (2022). Talty teaches courses in both English and Native American Studies, and he is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in creative writing. Talty is also a Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review. He lives in Levant, Maine.


Dates: November 3-7, 2022
Cost: $800 tuition (includes admission to the Portland Book Festival)

The Tin House Autumn Workshop is a weekend intensive for fiction writers that consist of curated workshops with 6 participants per class, one-on-one meetings with faculty, craft lectures, generative exercises, and readings. There will be plenty of opportunities for mingling, sightseeing, and, of course, karaoke. 

Saturday, November 5th, is reserved for attending the Portland Book Festival. Admission to the festival is included in the tuition price. 

Once accepted and registered, workshop participants who have a completed manuscript may also apply for a mentorship (a full manuscript review) with select faculty for an additional fee.

The workshops will take place at our offices in NW Portland which are centrally located. Many housing and eating options are within walking distance.

Room & board are not included in this workshop. Enrolled applicants will be given the opportunity to connect for shared housing as well as provided with a list of nearby hotels.




We ask for one unpublished writing sample, novel or short fiction, 4,000 words or less.

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, though our scholarship travel stipend only applies to those traveling in North America. 

Applications are read by a board composed of Tin House Workshop staff and previous Tin House attendees. 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. All applications are evaluated through the lens of our Core Values.




We will award two general scholarships for our 2022 Autumn Workshop. Scholarships cover the conference’s tuition and North American air travel (purchased by Tin House). Scholarship recipients will need to provide for their own room/board. 

In addition to our General Scholarships, we will be offering the following award:

Scholarship for Indigenous Writers
This award is intended for Indigenous writers from North America.

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

Through our Pay It Forward program, Tin House offers a limited number of application fee waivers. We will distribute these waivers on a first-come, first-serve basis. As an applicant, you will have the ability to help cover the cost of another writer’s application fee through this same program. All excess application funds will go towards additional 2022 scholarships. For inquiries, please email with the subject line “Autumn Fee Waiver.”

COVID Policy

Upon acceptance, everyone attending the 2022 Tin House Autumn Workshop will need to email proof of vaccination/boosters and provide documentation during in-person registration. 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. 


Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

4:00pm: Welcome Lecture

4:30pm: Welcome Workshop Meeting

5:00pm: Happy Hour


Friday, November 4th, 2022

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

8pm: Karaoke

Saturday, November 5th, 2022

Portland Book Festival


Sunday, November 6th, 2022

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


Monday, November 7th, 2022

9:ooam: Coffee Social Hour

10:00am-12:00pm: Workshop

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