We ask for one unpublished writing sample of 4,000 words or less from the novel you plan on bringing to the workshop. 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 section of your novel.
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 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.
2022 YA Readers
Lance Clleand (Director)
India Downes-Le Guin (Assistant Director)
A.L. Major (Workshop Manager)
Jean Ferruzola (2021 YA Scholar)
Elliot Thomas (2021 YA Scholar)
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 2022 Workshop Scholarships.
For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “YA Fee Waiver.”