Autumn Workshop

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2024 Autumn Workshop

Autumn Workshop

November 2024
Applications open:
June 1, 2024
Applications close:
June 26, 2024

The Tin House Autumn Workshop is a long weekend intensive for fiction 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.

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

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 dinner will be provided on the opening night, as will drinks and snacks throughout the weekend).

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We ask for one (4,000 words or less) unpublished fiction writing sample from a novel or short story.

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 three general scholarships for our 2023 Autumn Workshop. Scholarships cover the full conference’s tuition as well as lodging in Portland. Scholars will be responsible for their own 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. 



2023 Scholars

Lu Han

Lu Han is a Chinese-American writer based in New York. Her work highlights the undervoiced through fiction and nonfiction, and can be found in The Margins, Lost Balloon, HAD, The Jarnal, and elsewhere. Lu’s work has received support from Lewis Latimer House Museum, the Hudson Valley Writers Center, and from Guernica Magazine for their inaugural workshop in March 2023. Her novel-in-progress, The Rusticated, is shortlisted for the 2023 First Pages Prize in fiction. When she's not writing, she can be found climbing rocks. Find more at

Roseanne Pereira

Roseanne Pereira is the daughter of immigrants from Goa, grew up in South Florida, and currently lives in Minneapolis. She is a graduate of Yale University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in a variety of print, online, and on-air outlets, including Catapult, Minnesota Public Radio, and The Shanghai Literary Review. She served as a Kroc fellow at NPR and an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellow at the Center for Victims of Torture. Roseanne has been a two-time fellow at the Writers by Writers' Tomales Bay workshop and a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook.

Sasha Fox Carney

Sasha Fox Carney is a writer and editorial assistant from Ottawa, Ontario. Their work has been published in places including The Yale Literary Magazine, The Forge, and Barren Magazine. A two-time recipient of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, they were longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2019. They live in Brooklyn.

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 Fee Waiver.”



COVID Policy

Upon acceptance, everyone attending the 2023 Tin House Autumn Workshop will need to email proof of vaccination/boosters and provide documentation prior to 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.





5:00pm: Welcome Lecture

5:30pm: Welcome Workshop Meeting

6:00pm: 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



Portland Book Festival



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