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2024 Summer Workshop

2024 Summer Workshop

July 13-21, 2024
Applications Are Currently Closed

Historically, Native American/Indigenous authors have been the most underrepresented group across the Tin House Workshop programs. In an effort to address this, we will are offering targeted Summer Workshop scholarships to these communities.

We believe this moment also calls for the recognition and amplification of Palestinian voices and have created a scholarship to help bring those authors to Tin House.

In addition to the awards, all application fees will be waived for Palestinian and North American Indigenous Authors. Please email to obtain a waiver.


Anis Mojgani

Anis Mojgani is the current Poet Laureate of Oregon and the author of six books of poetry and the opera libretto for Sanctuaries. A two-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, he has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Caldera, AIR Serenbe, The Bloedel Nature Reserve, The Sou’wester, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. A recipient of an Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate Fellowship, Anis has done commissions for the Getty Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum; and his work has appeared on HBO, National Public Radio, and as part of the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series. His work has appeared in the pages of the NYTimes, Rattle, Platypus, Winter Tangerine, Forklift Ohio, and Bat City Review.

Aiden Thomas

Aiden Thomas is a trans, Latinx, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Sunbearer Trials, Lost in the Never Woods, and Cemetary Boys. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, OR. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color.

Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington is a writer from Houston. He’s also a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 winner, a New York Public Library Young Lions Award recipient, an Ernest J. Gaines Award recipient, an International Dylan Thomas Prize recipient, a Lambda Literary Award recipient, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Fiction award, the James Tait Black Prize, the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize finalist, a National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize finalist, the recipient of an O. Henry Award, and was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30. He was a columnist for the New York Times Magazine. His third, and most recent, book is Family Meal.

Cecily Wong

Cecily Wong is the author of three books. Her debut novel, Diamond Head (Harper, HarperCollins), was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, recipient of an Elle Readers' Prize, and voted a best debut of the 2015 Brooklyn Book Festival. Her second novel, Kaleidoscope (Dutton, Penguin Random House), was a best book of the month at Buzzfeed, Apple Books, and Cecily is also the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Gastro Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to Food (Workman Publishing). Cecily’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The LA Review of Books, Self Magazine, Bustle, Atlas Obscura, and elsewhere. She is the 2023 recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship. A graduate of Barnard College, Cecily now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

Chelsea T. Hicks

Chelsea T. Hicks is the author of the short-story collection  A Calm and Normal Heart, which was longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Paris ReviewMcSweeney’sThe BelieverThe AudacityYellow Medicine ReviewIndian Country Today, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MA from the University of California, Davis. A 2023 National Book Award 5 Under 35 recipient, Chelsea is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, and lives on ancestral land in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Cleo Qian

Cleo Qian (she/her) is a queer fiction writer and poet from California. She received her MFA from NYU. Her work has appeared in over 20 outlets; was a winner of the Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Competition; has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, twice longlisted for the DISQUIET Prize, and supported by Sundress Academy for the Arts. By day, she works at a nonprofit. She currently splits her time between Chicago and New York. Her debut short story collection, LET’S GO LET’S GO LET’S, GO, was a TIME Best Book of 2023 and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence.  

Denne Michele Norris

Denne Michele Norris is the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature, winner of the 2022 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize. She is the first Black, openly trans woman to helm a major literary publication. A 2021 Out100 Honoree, her writing has been supported by MacDowell, Tin House, VCCA, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, and appears in McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction, and ZORA. She is co-host of the critically-acclaimed podcast Food 4 Thot, and she resides in Harlem, where she is hard at work on her debut novel.

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Emme Lund

Emme Lund is an author living and writing in Portland, OR. She has an MFA from Mills College. Her work has appeared in Electric LiteratureTIME MagazineThe RumpusRomperthe Portland Mercury, and Autostraddle, among many other venues. In 2019, she was awarded an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Fiction. Her debut novel, The Boy with a Bird in His Chest (Atria Books, 2022) was longlisted for the First Novel Prize from the Center For Fiction, is a finalist for an Oregon Book Award, was named a best book of the year by Buzzfeed and The Portland Mercury, and was included on lists in The Washington PostUSA TodayPeople MagazineThe AdvocateCosmopolitan, and Shondaland.

Emma Copley Eisenberg

Emma Copley Eisenberg is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Granta, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Esquire, Guernica, The Washington Post Magazine, and others. Her first book, The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia, is a work of hybrid nonfiction that mixes memoir, cultural criticism, and reporting. It was named a New York Times Notable Book and Editor’s Choice of 2020 and was nominated for an Edgar Award, a Lambda Literary Award, and an Anthony Bouchercon Award among other honors. Her debut novel, Housemates, will be published by Hogarth on May 28, 2024. Eisenberg is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Wesleyan University, and has taught creative writing at Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, and the University of Virginia, where she received her MFA in fiction and was a Henry Hoyns/Poe Faulkner fellow. Raised in New York City, she lives in Philadelphia, where she co-founded Blue Stoop, a community hub for the literary arts.

Ghassan Zeineddine

Ghassan Zeineddine's debut story collection, Dearborn, came out from Tin House Books in 2023. He is co-editor of the creative nonfiction anthology Hadha Baladuna: Arab American Narratives of Boundary and Belonging. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in the Middle East, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Ohio where he is an assistant professor of creative writing at Oberlin College.

Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker is the author of the YA novel Forgive Me Not and the editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology. Named a 2019 Publishers Weekly Star Watch “SuperStar” Jennifer is a publishing professional with over 20 years’ experience in a range of roles (editorial, production, media) and is an instructor for Bay Path University’s Creative Nonfiction MFA, as well as the creator/host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing (a 2018, 2019, 2020 finalist for the Digital Book World Best Use of Podcasting in Book Marketing). She previously served as a contributing editor to Electric Literature. She freelances as a proofreader, copyeditor, and/or development editor across genres and has written for various publications in print and online.

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Lars Horn

Lars Horn is a writer and translator working in literary and experimental non-fiction. Their first book, VOICE OF THE FISH, won the 2020 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, the 2023 Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, and was named an Honor Book for the 2023 Stonewall Israel Fishman Nonfiction Book Award as well as an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce Selection. The recipient of the Tin House Without Borders Residency and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Horn’s writing has appeared in Granta, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Kenyon Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. Initially specialising in Phenomenology and Visual Arts scholarship, they hold MAs from the University of Edinburgh, the École normale supérieure, Paris, and Concordia University, Montreal. They teach at Columbia University and live in New York with their wife, the writer Jaquira Díaz.  

Marie-Helene Bertino

Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novels Parakeet (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020), a New York Times Editors’ Choice. and 2 AM at the Cat’s Pajamas (Crown, 2014), a NPR Best Books of 2014, and the story collection, Safe as Houses (University of Iowa Press, 2012), winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her fourth book, the novel Beautyland, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in January 2024. A former One Story and Catapult editor, she teaches creative writing at Yale University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz is the author of Postcolonial Love Poem (Graywolf Press, 2020), winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and finalist for the National Book Award and the Forward Prize in Poetry, and When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), winner of an American Book Award. Diaz has received fellowships from The MacArthur Foundation, the Lannan Literary Foundation, the Native Arts Council Foundation, and Princeton University. She was awarded the 2023 Arts and Letters Award in Literature and the Princeton Holmes National Poetry Prize. Diaz is director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University, where she teaches in the MFA program. In 2021, Diaz was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Phoenix.

Paul Tran

Paul Tran is the author of the debut poetry collection, All the Flowers Kneeling, (Penguin Poetry, 2022). A recipient of the Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, their work appears in The New Yorker, The Nation, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere.

For their writing and teaching, Paul has received support from Kundiman, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, Poets House, Lambda Literary Foundation, Napa Valley Writers Conference, the Home School, Vermont Studio Center, the Conversation Literary Festival, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Miami Writers Institute, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the Eliza So Fellowship (from Submittable, Plympton, and the Writer’s Block), Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network & Djerrasi Artist Residency, the Soze Foundation, the Luminary & Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith is the award-winning author of eight critically-acclaimed books of poetry, including Unshuttered (Triquarterly Books, 2023), Incendiary Art; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets;  and Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Tin House, and Best American Poetry. She is a Guggenheim fellow, a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, the winner of the POETRY /FOUNDATION RUTH LILY PRIZE FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Patricia is a professor at the College of Staten Island and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.

Torrey Peters

Torrey Peters is the author of the novel Detransition, Baby, published by One World, which won the 2021 PEN/Hemingway award for debut fiction. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards, a finalist for the Brooklyn Public Library Award, and was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. A collection of four novellas, titled Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones, will be published by Random House in 2023. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth. Torrey rides a pink motorcycle and splits her time between Brooklyn and an off-grid cabin in Vermont.

Safia Elhillo

Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), which received the the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and an Arab American Book Award, Girls That Never Die (One World/Random House, 2022), and the novel in verse Home Is Not A Country (Make Me A World/Random House, 2021), which was longlisted for the National Book Award and received a Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor. Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, Safia received the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and was listed in Forbes Africa’s 2018 “30 Under 30.” Her work appears in POETRY Magazine, Callaloo, and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day series, among others, and in anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and The Penguin Book of Migration Literature. Her work has been translated into several languages, and commissioned by Under ArmourCuyana, and the Bavarian State Ballet. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019). Her fellowships include a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, Cave Canem, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

Safiya Sinclair

Safiya Sinclair is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, How to Say Babylon (Simon & Schuster, 2023), which was selected as a Best Book of 2023 by the New York TimesTimeThe Washington PostVultureShelf AwarenessGoodreadsEsquireThe Atlantic, and NPR. Her first book is the award-winning collection of poetry, Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Addison M. Metcalf Award, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Sinclair is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

Samra Habib

Samra Habib (they/them) is a writer, photographer, and activist. Their bestselling memoir We Have Always Been Here is an exploration of faith, art, love, and queer sexuality, a journey that takes them to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within them all along. It’s a triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not, and a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt out of place and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one’s truest self. As a journalist they’ve covered topics ranging from fashion trends and Muslim dating apps to the rise of Islamophobia in the US. Their writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Advocate, and their photo project, “Just Me and Allah,” has been featured in Nylon, i-D, Vanity Fair Italia, Vice, and The Washington Post. Samra works with LGBTQ organizations internationally, raising awareness of issues that impact queer Muslims around the world.

Vanessa Chan

Vanessa Chan is the Malaysian author of THE STORM WE MADE, a novel, and THE UGLIEST BABIES IN THE WORLD, a story collection — both forthcoming from Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books. Her novel will be published in eighteen languages worldwide. Vanessa’s other work has been published in Electric Lit, Kenyon Review, Ecotone, and more. She grew up in Malaysia and is now based mostly in Brooklyn. 

Zaina Arafat

Zaina Arafat is an LGBTQ Arab/Muslim-American fiction and nonfiction writer. She is the author of the novel, You Exist Too Much, which was selected as a most anticipated book for 2020 by O, The Oprah Magazine, Good Morning America, Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Granta, The Believer, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, BuzzFeed, VICE, Guernica, Literary Hub and NPR. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Arab Women/Migrants from the Middle East fellowship at Jack Jones Literary Arts. Arafat teaches creative writing at Barnard College. She lives in Brooklyn and is currently at work on a collection of essays.   


Amanda Orozco

Before joining the Transatlantic Agency in the fall of 2020, Amanda Orozco gained a breadth of experience in academic publishing, publicity, subsidiary rights, and agenting. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Physiological Science and an English minor and worked as a fine art instructor and freelance editor for several years before moving to New York to complete the NYU Masters of Science in Publishing: Digital and Print Media. While at NYU, she worked at the National Book Foundation, Shreve Williams Public Relations, and The Gernert Company; she was also selected to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Beijing International Book Fair. Upon graduating from NYU in 2019, she worked in Subsidiary Rights at Little, Brown, where she helped sell rights for authors such as Michael Connelly, Elin Hilderbrand, and Sarah Knight, until discovering agenting was her true calling. She worked at Park & Fine Literary and Media before moving back to Los Angeles, where she is working with authors such as Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Vickie Vertiz, Dr. Anthony Christian Ocampo, Nick Medina, Tania De Rozario, María Alejandra Barrios, and Vanessa Friedman. Amanda is a member of the Association of American Literary Agents (AALA); her aim is to elevate and amplify marginalized voices always.

Annie Hwang

Before joining Ayesha Pande Literary, Annie Hwang began her career at Folio Literary Management where she had the pleasure of working with debut and seasoned authors alike. At APL, she primarily represents voice-driven literary fiction that plays with genre, though she also takes on nonfiction and poetry on occasion. Her authors include John Paul Brammer, Franny Choi, Jezz Chung, Lilly Dancyger, Carson Faust, Faylita Hicks, Sequoia Nagamatsu, and Cleo Qian. In particular, she is drawn to what she likes to think of as “literary fiction with teeth”—ambitious novels that are daring in their approach that also grapple with the complexities of the world with nuance and finesse. Above all, Annie is always on the hunt for gifted storytelling that stretches its genre to new heights. The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, she hails from Los Angeles where she earned her B.A. in English from UCLA

Erika Stevens

Erika Stevens (she/hers) has acquired, edited, and developed the work of a wide range of authors over the course of two decades in publishing. She recently wrapped up twelve years with indie Coffee House Press, finishing her time there as editorial director. She began her career at academic presses, including Duke, UNC, and UGA Presses. Authors whose work she has shepherded include Eloisa Amezcua, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Kyle Dargan, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Saeed Jones, Eugene Lim, Dawn Lundy Martin, Bao Phi,  Justin Phillip Reed, Natasha Trethewey, Anne Waldman, Karen Tei Yamashita, and many others. Her authors have been awarded or named finalists for the National Book Award, the Hurston Wright Award, the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Award, the PEN/Osterweil Award, the Whiting Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Kate Tufts Award, the NBCC Award, the Lambda Awards, and others. As an agent and editor she specializes in helping authors develop their work, whether in their home genres or stretching into others. She has an affinity for work that argues, experiments with language, and/or pushes genre boundaries, and she is looking for projects that excite, invigorate, and surprise in the genres of poetry, literary nonfiction/essay, literary and experimental fiction, hybrid work, translation, criticism, music writing (à la Ellen Willis), and food writing/cookbooks (à la Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor and MFK Fisher). In the realm of children’s literature, she’s looking for picture books and books for early readers that speak to children with gender-expansive identities and families.

Iwalani Kim

Iwalani Kim joined Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in 2018 after interning at Ayesha Pande Literary, Don Congdon Associates, and Kweli Journal. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i and graduated from Vassar College with degrees in Political Science and German Studies. As the senior assistant and foreign rights liaison to agency president Heide Lange, Iwalani has the pleasure of working with Heide’s extraordinary clients.

Jennifer March Soloway

Jennifer March Soloway joined the Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2016, after a career in marketing and public relations. Agenting is her dream job. She loves working with writers and illustrators, and nothing gives her greater joy than to help an author elevate their story. She is most drawn to emotionally compelling voices and fresh perspectives underrepresented in literature.

Michelle Brower

Michelle Brower has spent over fifteen years as an agent, first at Wendy Sherman Associates and most recently as a partner at Aevitas Creative Management. She co-founded Trellis Literary Management in 2021 in order to better serve and support her authors and create an agency with a lasting positive impact in the world of publishing. Her list spans the spectrum of literary and commercial fiction, from thought-provoking story collections to page-turning thrillers. She is primarily interested in work that focuses on storytelling and emotional connection, rather than formal experimentation, and believes that the best reading experience engages both the heart and the head. She is looking for book club novels (a commercial idea with a literary execution), literary fiction, literary suspense, genre fiction for a non-genre audience, and upmarket women’s fiction. In non-fiction, she is looking for a personal story that illuminates a greater subject. Michelle also very selectively represents literary Young Adult fiction. In all of these areas, she is looking to support underrepresented voices.

Mina Hamedi

Mina Hamedi grew up in Istanbul, Turkey before moving to New York in 2010. She received her BA in Nonfiction and Global Identity from NYU’s Gallatin School and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University. Mina began her career in publishing at David Black Literary Agency and Writers House. She joined Janklow & Nesbit in 2018 where she supports co-founder Lynn Nesbit and her various authors including Andre Aciman, Robert Caro, Ronan Farrow, Andrew Sean Greer, Anand Giridharadas, and Maaza Mengiste, as well as the estates of Joan Didion, Shirley Hazzard, Anne Rice, and Tom Wolfe. Mina represents adult literary fiction and nonfiction. She is interested in stories from around the world—particularly her native Turkey and Iran. She loves fiction with Gothic-inspired atmospheres, intergenerational tales, family secrets, and deep excavations into relationships, motivations, and obsessions. She is drawn to nonfiction with a fiercely personal bent and a strong voice, and writers who are working not only to uncover the undercurrents of our world but also to change them. She seeks voices in translation and writers from underrepresented backgrounds. As a writer herself, Mina understands the complex and vulnerable process of writing and publishing one’s work. Her clients are journalists, activists, artists, attorneys, sex workers, booksellers, forest restoration advocates, and HIV pharmacists, and it is her aim to support the entirety of their careers.

Sarah Bowlin

Sarah Bowlin joined Aevitas in early 2017 after a decade as an editor of literary fiction and nonfiction. She has worked on the international breakout novel How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti; the New York Times Notable Book, The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips; the National Book Award-nominated The End by Salvatore Scibona; the acclaimed novels Marlena by Julie Buntin and Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong; and works by the award-winning novelist, Juan Gabriel Vásquez.Bowlin has a BA in American Literature from New York University. Originally from the South, she got her start in publishing at Riverhead Books and was most recently a senior editor at Henry Holt & Company. As an Aevitas agent based in Los Angeles, she is focused on bold, diverse voices in fiction and nonfiction. She’s especially interested in stories of strong or difficult women and unexpected narratives of place, of identity, and of the shifting ways we see ourselves and each other. She’s also interested in food history, wine, and dance.

Cost & Dates

Application Fee: $25
Tuition: $1600
Room/Board: $800
Early Arrivals: $75 (Friday, July 12th/Saturday July 13th)
Payment plans will be made available.

July 12th/13th: Early Arrivals. Students may stay on campus for an additional fee of $75 per day.
July 14th: Registration. The program starts at 3:00 pm.
July 17th: Getaway day, with no workshop activities scheduled from 12 pm to 7 pm.
July 21st: Workshop Ends. Travel Day.



The Tin House Summer Workshop is a weeklong intensive that consists of curated workshops with limited participants (eight to ten per class), one-on-one meetings with faculty and agents, craft lectures, author conversations, generative exercises, affinity group meetings, and student/faculty readings. There will be plenty of opportunities for mingling, happy hours, and, of course, karaoke.

Participants will be expected to read up to nine other manuscripts and provide response letters to each before arriving on campus.

The Workshop will take place at Reed College, located on 100 acres of rolling lawns, winding lanes, and magnificent old trees in southeast Portland, Oregon, just minutes from downtown and twelve miles from the airport.

Summer Workshop participants are housed in Reed College’s dormitories near the center of campus. All rooms are singles, with shared bathrooms (private stalls) on each floor. Most dorms include gender-neutral floors and facilities. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available, as are dorms with elevator access. Please note that the dorms at Reed do not have A.C.

All classrooms, readings, panel presentations, dining, and reception areas are within 1/2 mile from the dormitories. Golf carts will be present throughout the week for rides to and from all dorms/events.

Lectures will be recorded and shared with participants at the conclusion of the workshop.

Meals are served in the college dining area and are catered by Bon Appetite. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and non-dairy items will be available, and we work closely with Bon Appetite to ensure other dietary requirements and restrictions are accommodated. Students who choose not to stay on campus can pay for meals individually.



We ask for one unpublished writing sample from the genre you plan to workshop in. You may apply in multiple genres, but we require a separate application for each.

For fiction/nonfiction, 4,000 words or less.

For poetry, four poems totaling no more than ten pages.

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 to Short Fiction/Poetry/Essay, you can workshop a manuscript different from the one you applied with.

If admitted in Novel/Memoir/YA, you may workshop a different excerpt from the same project you applied with.

In addition to the writing sample, the application asks for a brief bio and artist statement.

Applicants must be 21 years of age by July 1st, 2024 to apply. 

Open to International writers.

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. All applications are evaluated through the lens of our Core Values.

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 can help cover the cost of another writer’s application fee through this same program. All excess application funds will go towards additional fee waivers for future programs. For inquiries, please email with the subject line “Summer Fee Waiver.”




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 an in-person Tin House Workshop once. An individual who receives a scholarship to attend our online programming is still eligible to apply and receive a scholarship to attend our in-person programming. We ask only that online scholars wait a year to apply i.e. you can accept a scholarship to attend the 2024 Winter Online Workshop and apply for a scholarship to attend the 2025 Summer Workshop.

Scholarships cover the total cost of the conference (tuition and room/board). 

The application does not require self-identifying information related to the award, nor do applicants need to apply with projects that speak to the scholarship they are applying for. 

We will notify scholarship winners (and all applicants) by the end of March. We announce our Scholars publicly after the workshop’s conclusion.  Our announcement does not delineate by the specific award.

We will award twenty-two scholarships (across genres) for our 2024 Summer Workshop. Please email if you have any eligibility questions for our awards.

Please note that all application fees for our 2024 Summer Workshop will be waived for Palestinian and North American Indigenous Authors. Email to secure a waiver.

General Scholarship
Open to all applicants.

Arab American Scholarship
This award is open to anyone who identifies as Arab American.

BIPOC Scholarship
This award is open to anyone identifying as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color.

The Carol Shields Prize Foundation Scholarship for Indigenous Women and Non-Binary Writers
Tin House is pleased to partner with the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction to award a scholarship to a female/non-binary North American Indigenous fiction writer. This award welcomes and encourages submissions by transgender woman authors and recognizes trans women as women without qualification. This award includes full tuition, room/board, and a travel stipend (up to $800) to the 2024 Tin House Summer Workshop. All applicants for the Carol Shields Scholarship will also be considered for other awards and general admittance. Please note that all application fees for our 2024 Summer Workshop will be waived for North American Indigenous Authors. Email to secure a waiver.

Debut 40 Scholarship
This award is intended for writers over forty years (by July 1st, 2024) who have not yet published a book (chapbooks do not count against this requirement).

First Conference Scholarship
This award will support a writer attending their first juried literary conference. For our purposes, a juried conference is a multi-day event that requires an evaluation of a writing sample before admission. The following are not considered juried conferences: undergraduate/graduate Workshops, AWP, craft intensives, incubators, or similar one-day in-person/online workshops.

The Institute of American Indian Arts Indigenous Scholarship
Open to any Native American/Indigenous writers currently enrolled or alumni of the IAIA program. Please note that all application fees for our 2024 Summer Workshop will be waived for North American Indigenous Authors. Email to secure a waiver.

North American Indigenous Author Scholarship
This award is open to any author identifying as Native American and/or Indigenous in North America. There is no application fee for this award. Please note that all application fees for our 2024 Summer Workshop will be waived for North American Indigenous Authors. Email to secure a waiver.

Oregon Scholarship
This award is open to any author currently residing in Oregon.

Scholarship for Palestine
Open to any author identifying as Palestinian. In addition to covering the cost of tuition and room/board, it comes with an $800 travel stipend. Please note that all application fees for our 2024 Summer Workshop for Palestinian Authors will be waived. Email to secure a waiver.

Trans Writer Scholarship
This award is intended for any writer who is trans. 

Without Borders Scholarship
This award is intended for any writer born outside of the United States.










COVID Policy

Upon acceptance, everyone attending the 2024 Tin House Summer 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. 

Once on campus,  face masks will be required (regardless of vaccination status) for all indoor activities, including workshops and communal dorm room spaces (lounge areas/kitchen/bathrooms). Outdoor activities such as readings and social hours will be mask-optional. 

We will reassess this policy on an ongoing basis. We reserve the right to change, adapt, and enforce safety measures as needed.

Testing will be made available throughout the workshop. If participants test positive, they will be moved to an isolated room on campus, with meals being brought to them. If their health allows, they can participate in their workshop via Zoom, while accessing recordings of the lectures at a later time.

Full to partial tuition refunds will be given to anyone whose ability to attend is affected by COVID-19 before or during the workshop. This does not include travel refunds.


Community Agreements

Tin House Workshop Community Agreements 

I agree to read every manuscript before the workshop and come prepared with written feedback for each project.

I agree that writing shared in workshops is confidential and that I will not share or discuss a fellow writer’s work outside the workshop without their permission.

I agree not to record any portion of the workshop (classroom sessions, agent/editor meetings, etc.) or share/distribute any recorded lectures/readings made available to me without obtaining permission. 

I agree that it is my responsibility to investigate and better understand ​any words or cultural references I am unfamiliar with in a manuscript.

I agree to learn and use the correct pronunciation of my peers’ names.

I agree to use the correct pronouns for my peers, faculty members, and Tin House staff.

I agree to listen and engage with critiques of my work and/or comments I make during the workshop, especially if there are issues or questions of appropriation, harmful stereotypes, and/or language deemed to be racist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, anti-semitic, and ableist.

I agree to be aware of the amount I am speaking during the workshop and to make space for participants who may not be as vocal as me.

If there is conflict in my workshop, I will first seek mediation with my workshop faculty. If the conflict cannot be resolved or if the conflict is with my workshop faculty, I will notify Tin House Staff.

I agree to inform my workshop leader or Tin House staff if I witness harm being done to a fellow participant or me. 

I acknowledge that Tin House reserves the right to remove me from the Summer Workshop (without refund for tuition or travel) for violations of these Community Agreements and/or actions deemed detrimental to staff, faculty, and/or my fellow participants. This includes but is not limited to making unwanted sexual comments and/or advancements; using misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, and/or racially insensitive language; and aggressive or belligerent behavior.