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Winter Online Workshop

2023 Winter Online Workshop

February 16-20, 2023
Applications open:
October 7, 2022
Applications close:
October 30, 2022
Applications Are Currently Closed
2022 Faculty

Our online Winter Workshop consists of curated workshops, industry and craft lectures, author conversations, generative exercises, and an emphasis on building community via affinity group meetings, participant readings, coffee/happy hours, and, of course, online karaoke.

In the hopes of accommodating a variety of schedules and needs, each event will be recorded and made available to participants for viewing after the Winter Workshop concludes.

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


Lecture Pass

To give better access to the types of industry and craft lectures that will be presented during our conference, we will be offering passes that allow non-enrolled writers to attend eight of our talks. These events will occur at various times during the six-day workshop, with the full schedule being provided in early December. Pass holders will get access to lecture recordings post-workshop.

Passes will run $200, with a handful of scholarships available.

More information, including a link to sign-up, will be posted in December.


We ask for one unpublished writing sample.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 eight 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.

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

Applicants must be 18 years of age to apply.

International writers may apply.

Applications are read by a board composed of Tin House Workshop staff and Tin House Alum. 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.

2023 Winter Readers

Fee waivers: Through our Pay It Forward program, Tin House will be offering 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 Workshop Scholarships.

For inquiries, please email with the subject line “Winter 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 a Tin House Workshop once. 2022/2023 Tin House Residents, former faculty, and Tin House Books authors may not apply.

We will award eight general scholarships for our 2023 Winter Workshop. Scholarships cover the total cost of tuition

In addition to our general scholarships, Tin House will offer the following other awards.

Parent Scholarship: This award is intended to help support parents/guardians who have at least one child under the age of eighteen.

Scholarship for Trans Writers: This award is intended for a writer who is trans.

Scholarship for BIPOC Writers:
This award is intended for writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a person of color.

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

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 Scholars after the conclusion of the Workshop. Our announcement does not delineate by specific scholarship.



Tentative Online Workshop Schedule

All times PST

Wednesday, February 15th

4:00 pm: Welcome Lecture

4:30 pm: Workshop Meeting

6:00 pm: Faculty Reading

Thursday, February 16th

8:00 am: Social Hour

9:oo am: Faculty Lecture

10:30 am: Industry Panel

1:00 pm: Conversation

2:30pm: Participant Readings

4:00pm: Workshop

6:30 pm: Happy Hour

Friday, February 17th

8:00 am: Social Hour

9:oo am: Industry Panel

10:30 am:  Workshop

2:30 pm: Faculty Lecture

4:00 pm: Group Meetings

5:30 pm: Faculty Reading

6:30 pm: Happy Hour


Saturday, February 18th

8:00 am: Social Hour

9:oo am: Faculty Lecture

10:30 am:  Workshop

2:30 pm: Conversation

4:00 pm: Faculty Lecture

6:00 pm: Karaoke

Sunday, February 19th

8:00 am: Social Hour

9:oo am: Faculty Lecture

10:30 am: Workshop

2:30pm:  Faculty Lecture

4:00pm: Faculty Panel

6:00pm: Faculty Reading

Monday, February 20th

8:00 am: Social Hour

9:oo am: Participant Readings

10:30 am: Workshop

2:30 pm:  Faculty Lecture

4:00 pm: Faculty Panel

5:00 pm: Closing Remarks

6:00 pm: Happy Hour

2022 Winter Scholars

aureleo sans

aureleo sans is a flamingo.  She is also a Colombian-American, non-binary, queer, formerly unhoused poet and writer with a disability, who resides in San Antonio, Texas. She is a VONA alumnus, a Periplus fellow, and a creative nonfiction associate editor at jmww. She was named the second-place winner of Fractured Lit's 2021 Micro Fiction Contest, a longlister for the 2021 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize longlist and a semi-finalist for the 2021 American Short Fiction Halifax Ranch Prize. Her work has been published in Passages North, HAD, Shenandoah, Electric Literature and elsewhere.  She is a 2022 Pushcart Prize nominee and a 2022 Best Microfiction nominee.  Find aureleo on Twitter @aureleos.

Crystal K.

Crystal K. is a queer trans writer, chapbooks editor at Newfound, and author of the novel Goodnight. Their flash stories have appeared in Gertrude, Passages North, Peach Mag, [PANK], Hobart, ANMLY, and elsewhere. Lev has attended the Tin House Workshop and been nominated for Best of the Net. They write RPGs at Feverdream Games.

Endria Isa Richardson

Endria Isa Richardson is a black, malaysian, and gay american writer from Worcester, Massachusetts. Endria writes about ghosts, monsters (including the monster of white supremacy), and the catastrophic failure of systems that are supposed to keep us safe. Her essays have appeared most recently in Black Warrior Review, Alpinist, and Backpacker, and her speculative fiction is in Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, FIYAH, Nightmare, and other fantastic/al magazines. Her work has received notable mentions in the Best American Essays and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy anthologies, and a runner-up award from the Black Warrior Review nonfiction contest. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise and VONA workshops. In her past life, Endria was a prison abolitionist lawyer. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories, and a novel. You can see more of her work at

Heather Quinn

Heather Quinn (they/them) is an essayist and photographer living in Saint Paul with their husband and two children. A Minnesota native, they spent most of their childhood and early adulthood in Southern California, and their work frequently features the desert landscape around the Salton Sea in the southeastern corner of the state. They earned their MFA from Portland State University, and they were a 2019–2020 Loft Mentor Series fellow and a 2021 McKnight Artist Fellow. They are working on a memoir, This is How You Disappear, about the California desert and their father’s suicide. Find them on Instagram @heatherfquinn and at

Kyle Carrero Lopez 

Kyle Carrero Lopez was born to Cuban parents in northern New Jersey. He co-founded LEGACY, a production collective by and for Black queer artists, and is the author of MUSCLE MEMORY, the chapbook winner of the 2020 [PANK] Books contest. His recent publications include Prolit, Best New Poets 2021, Poem-a-Day, and The Cincinnati Review. He holds an MFA in Poetry from NYU, where he was a Goldwater Fellow. Find him at and on Twitter @kycarrerolopez.

Liam Morrissey

Liam Morrissey was born and raised in Chicago. He has spent most of the past decade living in Los Angeles and working in film and television production. He is currently a second year MFA candidate in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he teaches courses on literature and creative writing.

Maggie Nye

Maggie Nye is a writer and editor living in Bloomington, Indiana, and a forthcoming MacDowell fellow. Her work has appeared in Passages North, Pleiades, and SmokeLong Quarterly, among other places. Her first, yet unpublished novel was a finalist in Red Hen Press, Autumn House Press, and Steel Toe Books contests. She is presently working on her second novel: a strange, radical re-writing of the Medusa myth.

Marta Balcewicz

Marta Balcewicz lives in Toronto. Her fiction appears in Catapult, Tin House online, Washington Square Review, and other places. Her debut novel, Big Shadow, is forthcoming from Book*hug Press in spring 2023. You can find her at and on Instagram @wiczcraft. (Photo by Angela Lewis.)

Miriam Ho Nga Wai

Miriam Ho Nga Wai (she/her) is a writer, editor and architect from Hong Kong. She has lived across southeast Asia and western Europe, and now lives in a multi-generational household in Toronto. She is a co-editor of The Site Magazine (, an award-winning journal of architecture, place-making and cultural criticism, and a fiction reader at Guernica. She is hard at work on a short story collection and a novel in the stolen hours before her child wakes up.

Sam Heaps

Sam Heaps is a genderqueer writer, visual artist, and organizer, currently living in Philadelphia where they teach writing. They have published in Communion Arts Journal, Entropy, Taco Bell Quarterly, and many other brave journals and anthologies. They are a 2022 VCCA Fellow. Heaps' debut PROXIMITY is forthcoming from CLASH Books January 2023.

Sara Elkamel

Sara Elkamel is a poet and journalist living between Cairo and NYC. She holds an MA in arts journalism from Columbia University and an MFA in poetry from New York University. Her poems have appeared in The Yale Review, MQR, Four Way Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Adroit Journal, Poet Lore, Poetry London, Best New Poets 2020, Best of the Net 2020, among others. She is the author of the chapbook “Field of No Justice” (African Poetry Book Fund & Akashic Books, 2021).

Shakeema Smalls

Shakeema Smalls is South Carolina.  Her work has been published in a variety of outlets including Blackberry: A Magazine, Tidal Basin Review, The Fem, The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Radius Lit, Free Black Space, Vinyl Poetry and Prose, and Rigorous, among others.

Urvashi Bahuguna

Urvashi Bahuguna is a poet and essayist based in the Bay Area. She is the author of Terrarium (The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective) and No Straight Thing Was Ever Made (Penguin, 2021).

Zabe Bent

Zabe Bent is a Jamaican-born New Yorker based in Atlanta. Zabe spends her days supporting city efforts to deliver sustainable, accessible transportation. She's currently working on a novel centering migration stories of Caribbean mothers and daughters.
Find her on social media as @zabebent across platforms.