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2025 Winter Workshop

Winter Online Workshop

February 2025
Applications Are Currently Closed
Information Session

Executive Director Lance Cleland and Director of Online Programs A.L. Major hosted a virtual Open (Tin) House to discuss our 2024 Winter Online Workshop, including our new scholarship policy, our post-workshop programming and our reading fellows. You can view the recording here.


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Chen Chen

Chen Chen is the author of two books of poetry, Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency (BOA Editions, 2022) and When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award, among other honors. His work appears in many publications, including Poetry and three editions of The Best American Poetry. He has received two Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from Kundiman, the National Endowment for the Arts, and United States Artists. He was the 2018-2022 Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University and currently teaches for the low-residency MFA programs at New England College and Stonecoast. He lives with his partner, Jeff Gilbert, and their pug, Mr. Rupert Giles. 

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

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Lilly Dancyger

Lilly Dancyger is the author of First Love: Essays on Friendship (The Dial Press, 2024), and Negative Space (SFWP, 2021). She lives in New York City, and is a 2023 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts. Her writing has been published by GuernicaLiterary HubThe RumpusLongreadsOff AssignmentThe Washington PostPlayboyRolling Stone, and more. She teaches creative nonfiction in MFA programs at Columbia University and Randolph College. Find her on Instagram at @lillydancyger and Substack at The Word Cave.

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Mac Crane

Mac Crane is a writer, basketball player, and sweatpants enthusiast. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Joyland, No Tokens, TriQuarterly, Passages North, Florida Review, Catapult, Lit Hub, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. An attendee of the Tin House Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and an American Short Fiction Workshop Merit Fellow, they currently live in San Diego with their wife and child. Their debut novel, I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself, was a January Indie Next Pick and a New York Times Editors' Choice.

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.

Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung’s A Living Remedy was named a Notable Book of 2023 by The New York Times and a Best Book of the Year by over a dozen other outlets, including Time, USA Today, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Electric Literature, and TODAY. Her 2018 debut, the national bestseller All You Can Ever Know, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and NAIBA Book of the Year, a semifinalist for the PEN Open Book Award, a Barnes & Noble Great New Writers selection, and an Indies Choice Honor Book. Chung’s writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, TimeThe Atlantic, Esquire, SlateVulture, and many other publications. Previously, she was digital editorial director at the independent publisher Catapult, where she helped lead its magazine to two National Magazine Awards; before that, she was the managing editor of The Toast and an editor at Hyphen magazine. In 2021, she was named to the Good Morning America AAPI Inspiration List honoring those “making Asian American history right now.” Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in the Washington, DC area.

Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour is the bestselling and Michael L. Printz Award-winning author of five critically acclaimed YA novels including We Are Okay, Watch Over Me, and Hold Still. She is also the co-author of You Know Me Well, a novel written in collaboration with David Levithan, and a contributor to numerous anthologies. Her first novel for adults, Yerba Buena, and her first picture book, Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle, are forthcoming in 2022. She has taught, guest lectured, and appeared at conferences and conventions all around the country and internationally. Her novels have been Junior Library Guild selections, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and have been named among the best books of the year by the Boston Globe, Seventeen, Booklist, Bustle, Publishers Weekly, and the New York Public Library among others. Nina won the 2009 Northern California Book Award for Children’s Literature, was featured in Publishers Weekly as a Flying Starts Author, and has had her novels translated into over a dozen languages. She lives in San Francisco with her wife and daughter.

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‘Pemi Aguda

’Pemi Aguda is from Lagos, Nigeria. She has an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Her writing has won O. Henry Prizes, a Nommo Award for Short Story, a Henfield Prize, a Tyson Prize for Fiction, Hopwood Awards, and the Writivism Prize. Her work has been supported by an Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship, a Juniper Summer Workshop scholarship, an Aspen Words Emerging Writer fellowship, and her novel-in-progress won the 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. She was a 2021 Fiction Fellow with the Miami Book Fair, a 2022 MacDowell fellow, and is the current Hortense Spillers Assistant Editor at Transition Magazine. W. W. NortonVirago, and Masobe will publish her story collection, Ghostroots, and her novel, The Suicide Mothers.

She is represented by Renée Zuckerbrot of MMQ Lit.

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Shira Erlichman

Shira Erlichman is a writer, musician, and visual artist. Her award-winning poetry collection Odes to Lithium centers around her experiences with mental illness & was celebrated for its "stylistic upheavals" & "tremendous malleability & verve" (NY Times). Be/Hold: A Friendship Book, the picture book she wrote & illustrated, uses compound words to illuminate what is possible when we come together. Her work, heralded for "destigmatizing Bipolar Disorder through candor, intimacy & creativity" (NY Times), has been featured in PBS, The Nation, The Huffington Post, The Seattle Times, and The New York Times, among others. She earned her BA at Hampshire College and is the founder of In Surreal Life, a portable creativity school known for its dynamic online writing community. She has been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship, the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, the James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center, the Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe, as well as a residency by Millay. She was a Finalist for the Lambda Award and a Silver Medalist for the Nautilus Award. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Shruti Swamy

Shruti Swamy is the author of the story collection A House Is a Body, and a novel, The Archer. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Elizabeth George Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Council, and Vassar College, and is a 2024 Rome Prize Fellow in Literature. Shruti’s work has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeny's, AFAR Magazine, and the New York Times, and twice won the O. Henry. Her introduction to Ursula K Le Guin’s masterpiece Always Coming Home appears in the novel’s 2023 reissue.

She is a Kundiman Fiction Fellow, and lives in San Francisco.

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. 

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Natalie Edwards

Natalie Edwards joined Trellis Literary after nearly two years at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Prior to that, she worked at Curtis Brown, Ltd. At Trellis, Natalie supports Allison Hunter and Michelle Brower, while actively building a list of her own.  She grew up in Pasadena, California and attended Bowdoin College, where she earned her BA in English with a minor in History and played four years of varsity softball. She lives in Brooklyn and still plays softball here in the city.


Our Winter Online Workshop consists of curated workshops, industry panels, craft lectures, agent meetings, affinity groups, social hours, and, of course, online karaoke.

Before the official workshop, enrolled participants will have the opportunity to attend multiple pre-workshop events including: (1) a guest agent panel, (2) guest editor panel, (3) a query letter: do’s and don’ts session. 

Additionally, every enrolled participant will have the opportunity to meet with one guest agent.

Each workshop will have no more than ten participants. Enrolled participants will have access to a private Slack, which will open in January.

Faculty talks and readings will be recorded, as well as our industry panels. The recordings will be made available to participants after the Winter Workshop concludes.

In an effort to continue to support our community, alums will have access to select craft intensives and panels throughout the year for free. 

The tuition covers the entire cost of these offerings.


Lecture Pass

To give better access to the types of craft lectures and industry talks that will be presented during our conference, we offer lecture passes allowing non-enrolled writers to attend faculty talks and guest panels. 

Pass holders will get access to lecture recordings post-workshop. Recordings will be available for up to several months after the workshop. 

Passes run $250. Purchase before December 15th for early bird pricing of $200.  You can purchase a lecture pass here.




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.

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 Tin House Reading Fellows. 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.


Scholarships & Financial Assistance

An individual may receive a scholarship to attend our Winter Online Workshop only once. However, an individual who receives a scholarship to attend our Winter Online Workshop is still eligible to apply and receive a scholarship to attend our in-person programming (Summer or Autumn Workshop). We ask only that Winter Online Workshop scholars wait a year to apply for a scholarship i.e. you can accept a scholarship to attend the 2025 Winter Online Workshop and apply for a scholarship to attend the 2026 Summer Workshop. Winter Online Workshop scholars can still apply to attend the Summer Workshop within the same year as a general applicant. 

In addition to this, all 2024 scholars and participants are eligible to apply to be a 2024 – 2025 Reading Fellow

Applicants who have received a online seminar or craft intensive scholarship are still eligible to receive a scholarship to attend our Winter Online Workshop.

All scholarship applicants are considered for general admission i.e. you do not need to submit a separate general application. Tin House former faculty, and Tin House Books authors may not apply for scholarship but they can for general admission.

We will award eight general scholarships for our 2024 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.

Flexible payment plans are available as well.

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 2025 scholarships. For inquiries, please email with the subject line “Winter Workshop Fee Waiver.”


Tentative Online Workshop Schedule

All times PST

Saturday, February 8th

9:30 am: Welcome 

10:00 am: Introductory Workshop Meeting

12:oo pm: Participant Reading

1:00 pm: Lecture

2:00 pm: Lecture

4:00pm: Faculty Reading


Sunday, February 9th

9:00 am: Social Hour

10:00 am: Lecture

12:oo pm: Participant Reading

2:00 pm: Lecture

3:00 pm: Submission Roulette with Guest


Wednesday, February 12th

9:00 am: Lecture

3:oo pm: Workshop



Thursday, February 13th

9:00 am: Lecture

3:00 pm: Workshop


Friday, February 14th

8:00 am: Social Hour

9:00 am: Lecture

10:oo am: Workshop

2:15 pm:  Lecture

4:00 pm: Faculty Reading


Saturday, February 17th

8:00 am: Social Hour

9:oo am: Lecture

10:00 am: Workshop

2:00pm:  Lecture

3:30pm: Lecture

5:00 pm: Tin House Karaoke


Sunday, February 18th

8:00am: Participant Reading

10:00 am: Lecture

12:00 pm: Lecture

2:30 pm: Lecture

4:00 pm: Faculty Reading


Monday, February 19th

9:00 am: Coffee Social

10:00 am: Workshop

1:00 pm: Lecture

2:30 pm: Lecture

4:00 pm: Official Closing & Faculty Reading


2024 Winter Scholars