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2023 Summer Workshop

July 8th-16th, 2023
Applications close:
January 31, 2023
Cost:
$1500
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2023 Faculty

A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is a transgender novelist with a decade of experience writing creative nonfiction for internet audiences. Their first book, WE ARE WATCHING ELIZA BRIGHT (Grand Central Publishing 2021) was long listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize. Their essays have been featured on QuartzMashabledrDoctor, and Autostraddle, among others. They are currently a columnist for Catapult, where they write Scaring Children, about children’s horror from the nineties and early aughts through the lens of a queer adulthood.

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, which received a Lambda Literary Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the Grand Prix des Lectrices ELLE, the Prix des libraires du Quebec, and the Prix France Inter-JDD, an award for one book of any genre in the world. The recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Maine Arts Commission, the Eccles Centre at the British Library, and the Black Mountain Institute, as well as a Rona Jaffe Award, Marzano-Lesnevich has written for The New York TimesThe New York Times Sunday MagazineThe Boston GlobeOxford AmericanHarper’s, and The Best American Essays editions for both 2020 and 2022. They earned their BA at Columbia University, their JD at Harvard Law School, and their MFA at Emerson College. In July 2023, they will become an assistant professor and the Rogers Chair in Creative Nonfiction at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Their next book, BOTH AND NEITHER, is gender-bending and genre-bending work of memoir, history, cultural analysis, trans re-imaginings, and international road trip about life beyond the binary. It is forthcoming from Doubleday (US), Phoenix (UK), and Sonatine (France).

Dantiel W. Moniz

DANTIEL W. MONIZ is the recipient of a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Award, a Pushcart Prize, a MacDowell Fellowship, and the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction. Her debut collection, Milk Blood Heat, is the winner of a Florida Book Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, as well as longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review, Harper's Bazaar, American Short Fiction, Tin House, and elsewhere. Moniz is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches fiction.

Dawnie Walton

DAWNIE WALTON is a writer, editor, and author of the novel The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, winner of the Aspen Words Literary Prize, longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and named one of the best books of 2021 by The Washington Post, NPR, Esquire, and former U.S. President Barack Obama, among others. Her work explores identity, place, and the influence of pop culture. Formerly an editor at Essence and Entertainment Weekly, she has received fellowships in fiction from MacDowell and Tin House, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her writing has appeared in Oxford AmericanBon Appetit, NPR, Lithub, and Black Ballad. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Deesha Philyaw

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and the 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church, and is being adapted for television by HBO Max with Tessa Thompson executive producing. Deesha is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and the 2022-2023 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Jake Skeets

Jake Skeets (he/him) is Tsi’naajínii born for Tábąąhá; his maternal grandparents are the Táchii’nii and his paternal grandparents are the Tódík’ózhí. Skeets is from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. He is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of the National Poetry Series, American Book Award, and Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His honors include a 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize, Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship, and Whiting Award.

Jaquira Díaz

Born in Puerto Rico, Jaquira Díaz was raised between Humacao, Fajardo, and Miami Beach. She is the author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, winner of a Whiting Award, a Florida Book Awards Gold Medal, a Lambda Literary Awards finalist, an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce Selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, an Indie Next Pick, a Library Reads pick, and finalist for the B&N Discover Prize. Ordinary Girls was optioned for television and is currently in development at FX with Díaz as Co-Executive Producer. In 2022, she held the Mina Hohenberg Darden Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University’s MFA program and a Pabst Endowed Chair for Master Writers at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at Colorado State University and Randolph College’s low-residency MFA program. Díaz's debut novel, I Am Deliberate, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books. She splits her time between Miami, Colorado, and the UK with her spouse, the writer Lars Horn.  

Kelli Jo Ford

Kelli Jo Ford is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Her debut novel-in-stories Crooked Hallelujah was longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, The Story Prize, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, The Dublin Literary Award, and The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. She is the recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize, a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and a Dobie Paisano Fellowship. She teaches writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts

Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett is the queer author of With Teeth: A Novel (Riverhead Books, 2021) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction and the New York Times bestselling debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction and was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. She was awarded a Shearing Fellowship at Black Mountain Institute and was longlisted for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize recognizing mid-career writers of fiction. Her work has appeared at The New York Times, TIME, The Cut, Oprah Magazine, Guernica, Buzzfeed, McSweeneys, PBS Newshour, The Guardian, Salon, and elsewhere. Her next book (an untitled collection of short stories) will be published by Riverhead Books (Penguin Random House). She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and lives in Orlando, Florida.

Manuel Gonzales

Manuel Gonzales is the author of the novel The Regional Office is Under Attack! and the acclaimed story collection The Miniature Wife, winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. A graduate of the Columbia University Creative Writing Program, he is a core faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches literature at Bennington College. He has published fiction and nonfiction in Open City, Fence, One Story, Esquire, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and The Believer.

Matthew Salesses

MATTHEW SALESSES is the author of eight books, including The Sense of Wonder, which comes out in January 2023 from Little, Brown. Most recent are the national bestseller Craft in the Real World (a Best Book of 2021 at NPR, EsquireLibrary JournalIndependent Book ReviewChicago TribuneElectric Literature, and others) and the PEN/Faulkner Finalist and Dublin Literary Award longlisted novel Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear. He also wrote The Hundred-Year FloodI’m Not Saying, I’m Just SayingDifferent Racisms: On Stereotypes, the Individual, and Asian American MasculinityThe Last Repatriate; and Our Island of Epidemics (out of print). Also forthcoming is a memoir-in-essays, To Grieve Is to Carry Another Time. Matthew was adopted from Korea. In 2015 Buzzfeed named him one of 32 Essential Asian American Writers. His essays can be found in Best American Essays 2020, NPR Code Switch, The New York Times Motherlode, The Guardian, VICE.com, and other venues. His short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, PEN/Guernica, and Witness, among others. He has received awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Glimmer Train, Mid-American Review, [PANK], HTMLGIANT, IMPAC, Inprint, and elsewhere. Matthew is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Columbia University. He serves on the editorial boards of Green Mountains Review and Machete (an imprint of The Ohio State University Press), and has held editorial positions at Pleiades, The Good Men ProjectGulf Coast, and Redivider. He has read and lectured widely at conferences and universities and on TV and radio, including PBS, NPR, Al Jazeera America, various MFA programs, and the Tin House, Kundiman, and One Story writing conferences.

Megan Fernandes

Megan Fernandes is a writer living in NYC. She was born in Canada and raised in the Philadelphia area. Her family are East African Goans. Fernandes has work published The New Yorker, The American Poetry ReviewTin House, Ploughshares, Chicago Review, Boston Review, Rattle, PANK, The Common, Guernica, the Academy of American Poets, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others.

Her most recent book of poetry, Good Boys, was a finalist for the Kundiman Book Prize, the Saturnalia Book Prize, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and was published with Tin House Books in February 2020. Her next book of poetry, I Do Everything I’m Told, will be published by Tin House in summer 2023.

Fernandes is an Assistant Professor of English and the Writer-in-Residence at Lafayette College where she teaches courses on poetry, creative nonfiction, and critical theory. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA in poetry from Boston University. She is also a book reviewer for the Poetry Foundation and teaches in the low-residency Pan-European MFA program at Cedar Crest College.

Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos is the bestselling author of four books, including Girlhood—winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative. Her fifth book, The Dry Season, is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf. Her awards and fellowships include those from the Guggenheim Foundation, LAMBDA Literary, the National Endowment for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The British Library, The Black Mountain Institute, MacDowell, the Bogliasco Foundation, and others. Her work has recently appeared in The Paris Review, The Sun, The New York Times Magazine, Kenyon Review, The Best American Essays, Vogue, and New York Review of Books. Febos is an associate professor at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City with her wife, the poet Donika Kelly.

Meredith Talusan

Meredith Talusan is founding executive editor of them., Condé Nast’s first-ever platform devoted to the queer community. An award-winning journalist and author, Meredith has written features, essays, and opinion pieces for many publications including The Guardian, The New York Times, The Atlantic, VICE Magazine, WIRED, The Nation, Mic, BuzzFeed News, and The American Prospect. Her fiction is also published or forthcoming in GuernicaBoston ReviewEpochThe Rumpus, Grand, Catapult, and BLR. She is the recipient of the 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism, and has contributed to many books, including the New York Times Bestselling Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture.

 

Nadia Owusu

Nadia Owusu is a Brooklyn-based writer and urbanist. Her memoir, Aftershocks, was selected as a best book of 2021 by over a dozen publications, including Time, Vogue, Esquire, and the BBC. It was named one of Barack Obama’s favorite books of the year and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. She is a winner of the 2019 Whiting Award in nonfiction, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, Granta, The Paris Review Daily, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, and others. Nadia is the Director of Storytelling at Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned consulting firm that helps social-change organizations to define goals, execute plans, and evaluate impact. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University and Southern New Hampshire University’s Mountainview MFA program.

Solmaz Sharif

Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif is the author of Customs (Graywolf Press, 2022) and Look (Graywolf Press, 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award. She holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, and New York University. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, the New York Times, and others. Her work has been recognized with a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lannan Foundation, and Stanford University.

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Talia Lakshmi Kolluri

Talia Lakshmi Kolluri is a mixed South Asian American writer from Northern California. Her debut collection of short stories, What We Fed to the Manticore (Tin House 2022), is available now wherever books are sold. Her short fiction has been published in The Minnesota Review, Ecotone, Southern Humanities Review, The Common, One Story, Orion, Five Dials and others. A lifelong Californian, Talia lives in the Central Valley with her husband, a teacher and printmaker, and a very skittish cat named Fig.

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley to Mexican immigrants. She is the author of the award-winning collection Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series 2017), recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, a Kate Tufts Discovery Award nomination, and winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Harpers Bazaar, Oxford American, POETRY, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, and a doctoral candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, where she is working on a poetry and nonfiction collection while raising her son in Los Angeles. Her essay collection, CHUECA, is forthcoming from Tiny Reparations Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in 2023. 

Agents & Guests
Readers

Arielle K. Jones

Arielle K. Jones is a Black and queer writer from the Central Valley of California. Her work tends to portray intimacy and underrepresented identities through taboos, folktales and fairytales. She is a Best of the Net 2020 Finalist and has pieces published and upcoming with The Rumpus, Blood Tree Lit, The Blood Orange Review, Alternating Current Press, and more. They lean into grit, nobility, and spirituality.

Camille U. Adams

Camille U. Adams is a Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays nominated memoir writer from Trinidad and Tobago. She earned her MFA from CUNY and is a current Ph.D. Candidate in Creative Nonfiction at FSU where she has been awarded a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship and nominated for a teaching award. Camille is a Tin House alum and has been invited to be a Tin House reader for the 2023 summer workshop applications. She is also a Kenyon Writers Workshop alum. Additionally, Camille has received scholarships and fellowships for attendance at writing conferences from Roots Wounds Words, Community of Writers, Kweli Literary Festival, Grubstreet, VONA, etc. Her writing has been long-listed in the Graywolf Creative Nonfiction Prize 2022 and selected as a finalist for The 2021 Orison Anthology Award in Nonfiction. Camille’s memoir writing is featured/forthcoming in Passages North, Citron Review, Hippocampus Magazine, XRAY Literary Magazine, Variant Literature, The Forge Literary Magazine, Wasafiri, Kweli Magazine, The Caribbean Writer, and elsewhere. She is also a memoir reader for Split Lip Magazine. Camille has just begun querying her first memoir and is at work on her second. When she isn’t writing and teaching, Camille can be found on Twitter at @Camille_U_Adams where she spends way too much time.

Gisselle Yepes

Gisselle Yepes is a 23-year-old Puerto Rican and Colombian storyteller from the Bronx. They are currently an MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University, where they have received the Bertolt Clever Poetry Prize and the Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing. Gisselle’s “Not an Ode to April 22, 2019” won Missouri Review’s 2021 Poem of the Year. Their work has also appeared in Gulf Coast, The Academy of American Poets, and voicemail poems. Gisselle holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, where they earned the Winchester Fellowship, the Sophie and Anne Reed Prize, and the award for Connecticut Poetry Laureate.

Gretchen Potter

Gretchen Potter is a citizen of the Tonawanda Seneca Nation from western New York State who lives in Southern California with her three children, three cats, and (shh) two rats. Her fiction is current or forthcoming in Room MagazineAbout Place Journal, and The Hopkins Review. She has received fellowship support from Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Key West Literary Seminar, the Barbara Deming Foundation, and Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, as well as residencies from Hedgebrook, Storyknife, and the Vermont Studio Center. She's writing a linked story collection about the chaos and wonder that follows when a Seneca tribe wins a major land claims case.

Jared Lemus

Jared Lemus is Latinx writer and recipient of the Nordan-Kinder Award in fiction. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Pinch, The Kenyon Review Online, PANK, Cleaver, and Joyland, among others, and are forthcoming in Story, Kweli, and The Cimarron Review. He is an MFA graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed his first novel and short story collection. You can find him at JaredLemus.com or on instagram at @writerjaredlemus

Kivel Carson

Kivel Carson is a storyteller and daydreamer living in the southern Blackbelt, making work for and about the communities she belongs to, because she knows the South got something to say. Her fiction explores human relationships, the many coming of ages we experience in life, Black American spiritual traditions, visions of liberation, and futures where Black people not only exist but have rich, meaningful lives.

Her short stories have appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Moko Magazine, and the speculative fiction Anthology Black From the Future, edited by Stephanie Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle, BLF Press(Read the publisher’s weekly starred review here, and order through Indiebound here.) Kivel has roots in the south, midwest, and Virgin Islands, and works in NC now as a writer and organizer. In addition to publishing fiction, she has published creative non-fiction as a journalist, including in-depth reporting on the HIV/ AIDS crisis in Kenya through Indiana University’s media school. She is a winner of NC Press Association Awards for storytelling and investigative reporting.

Shir Kehila

Shir Kehila lives on Mount Desert Island, Maine, where she works at a bird carving museum. The recipient of a Rona Jaffe foundation scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2021, she holds an MFA in nonfiction and translation from Columbia.

Program

Dates: July 8-16th, 2023
Cost: Tuition: $1500; Room and Board: $700

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, and readings. There will be plenty of opportunities for mingling, happy hours, and, of course, karaoke. 

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 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 the dormitories of Reed College 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. 

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.

Please note that students may arrive on July 8th or 9th and that July 16th is a travel day with no scheduled events. 

 

Application

We ask for one unpublished writing sample. For short fiction/novel/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, 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.

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.

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 2023 scholarships. For inquiries, please email workshop@tinhouse.com with the subject line “Summer Fee Waiver.”

 

Scholarships

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. 

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

The application does not require any 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 announce the names of the Scholars after the conclusion of the Workshop.  Our announcement does not delineate by the specific award. 

We will award twenty-one scholarships (across genres) for our 2023 Summer Workshop. Please email workshop@tinhouse.com if you have any eligibility questions for our awards.

General Scholarship (Eight)
Open to all applicants.

BIPOC Scholarship (Six)
This award is intended for any Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color who writes. 

First Conference Scholarship (One)
This award is intended to 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 do not count as a juried conference: undergraduate/graduate Workshops, AWP, craft intensives, incubators, or similar one-day in-person/online workshops.

Debut 40 Scholarship (One)
This award is intended for writers over forty years (by July 1st, 2023) who have not yet published a book (chapbooks do not count against this requirement).

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

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

Scholarship for Trans Writers (One)
This award is intended for any writer who is trans. 

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

Carol Shields Scholarship for Indigenous Female and Non-Binary Fiction Authors (One) 
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 2023 Tin House Summer Workshop. In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to attend (with travel and lodging covered) the inaugural Carol Shields Fiction Prize Ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, held at Parnassus Books On May 4th.

There is no application fee to apply for this award. All applicants for the Carol Shields Scholarship will also be considered for other awards and general admittance.

To apply for the Carol Shields Scholarship, please use this form.

 

 

 

 

COVID Policy

Upon acceptance, everyone attending the 2023 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.