YA Online Workshop

2022 YA Workshop

January 27-31, 2022
Applications Are Currently Closed

With ongoing concerns about the increase in Covid numbers and our ability to safely gather indoors, we have decided to hold our 2022 YA Workshop online again.

2022 Faculty

Candice Iloh

Candice Iloh is a National Book Award Finalist and a Michael L. Printz Award honoree. They are a first-generation Nigerian-American writer and dancer from the Midwest by way of Washington, DC, and Brooklyn, New York. They are a proud graduate of Howard University and an alumna of Rhode Island Writers Colony. They received their MFA in Creative Writing for Young People at Lesley University. Their work has earned fellowships from Lambda Literary, VONA, Kimbilio Fiction, and a residency with Hi-ARTS, where they debuted their first one-person show. They live in Philadelphia. Every Body Looking is their first novel.

Leah Johnson

Leah Johnson is an eternal midwesterner and author of award-winning books for children and young adults. Her bestselling debut YA novel, You Should See Me in a Crown, was a Stonewall Honor Book, the inaugural Reese's Book Club YA pick, and in 2021, TIME magazine named it one of the 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time. Leah's essays and cultural criticism can be found in Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan among others. Her debut middle grade, Ellie Engle Saves Herself is forthcoming from Disney-Hyperion in 2023.

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.

Cory McCarthy

Cory McCarthy is the acclaimed author of over half a dozen books. Highlights include genre thriller Breaking Sky and the romcom Now a Major Motion Picture, which appeared on the Amelia Bloomer List. Cory coauthored the bestselling Once & Future series, a finalist for the New England Book Award, with their spouse, A. R. Capetta. Cory's upcoming works include a picture book about fellow Arab American Kahlil Gibran, a sci-fi middle grade trilogy, and Man O' War, a personal tale about a trans swimmer. Cory studied poetry and screenwriting before falling in love with writing for young people and now teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Emily X.R. Pan

Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, and received six starred reviews. It was also an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and featured on over a dozen best-of-the-year lists, among other accolades. NBC News called the novel “moving and poetic” and BuzzFeed named it as one of the best books of the decade. Emily co-created the FORESHADOW anthology and teaches creative writing at New York University and other institutions. She lives on Lenape land (in Brooklyn, New York), but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. Her next novel, AN ARROW TO THE MOON, will be published by Little, Brown in April 2022. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.

Lilliam Rivera

Lilliam Rivera  is an award-winning writer and author of young adult novels We Light Up The SkyNever Look Back, a Pura Belpré Honor book; Dealing in Dreams, and The Education of Margot Sanchez, as well as the Goldie Vance series for middle-grade readers and the graphic novel, Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Elle, to name a few. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles.

Ray Stoeve

Ray Stoeve is the author of the forthcoming young adult novel, Arden Grey (Amulet Books 4/22) and Between Perfect and Real, which was a 2021 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. They also contributed to the young adult anthology Take The Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance. They received a 2016-2017 Made at Hugo House Fellowship and created the YA/MG Trans and Nonbinary Voices Masterlist, a database that tracks all books in those age categories written by trans authors about trans characters. When they’re not writing, they can be found gardening, making art in other mediums, or hiking their beloved Pacific Northwest.

Natalia Sylvester

Natalia Sylvester is the award-winning author of several novels for adults and young adults. CHASING THE SUN was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad and EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME won an International Latino Book Award and the 2018 Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. Natalia's debut YA novel, RUNNING, was a 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection, and her next novel for young adults, BREATHE AND COUNT BACK FROM TEN, is forthcoming in May 2022 from Clarion Books/HarperCollins. A MALETA FULL OF TREASURES, Natalia's first picture book (illustrated by Juana Medina), will be published by Dial Books in 2024. Natalia's non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Bustle, Catapult, Electric Literature, Latina magazine, and McSweeney's Publishing. Her essays have been anthologized in collections such as A MAP IS ONLY ONE STORY and A MEASURE OF BELONGING: WRITERS OF COLOR ON THE NEW AMERICAN SOUTH. Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia came to the US at age four and grew up in Florida and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She received a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami, was a 2021 Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and was formerly a faculty member at the Mile-High MFA program at Regis University.


Patrice Caldwell

Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder of People of Color in Publishing–a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born and raised in Texas, Patrice was a children’s book editor before becoming a literary agent.

She’s been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” media list, a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree, and featured on Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of ten women changing the book world.

Patrice’s debut novel, Where Shadows Reign—the first in a YA fantasy duology—is out September 2022 from Wednesday Books/Macmillan. She is also the editor of A Phoenix First Must Burn, 16 stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope (out now) and Eternally Yours, a YA Paranormal Romance anthology out in Fall 2022. Visit Patrice online at patricecaldwell.com, Twitter @whimsicallyours, and Instagram @whimsicalaquarian.

Melanie Figueroa

Melanie Figueroa is a literary agent at Root Literary. She represents middle grade, YA, and adult fiction along with select nonfiction and picture book titles. What she loves most about the job is the balance of creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating with a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University, she worked as an in-house editorial project manager and then as a freelance editor for several years before joining the agency in 2018. Melanie was born and raised in Southern California in a multicultural, blended family, so she has a soft spot for books that shine a spotlight on the nuances of relationships and identity. She currently lives in Southern California and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @wellmelsbells.

Saba Sulaiman

Saba Sulaiman is an agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, a boutique agency located in Milford, CT. She holds a BA in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies from Wellesley College and an MA from the University of Chicago, where she studied modern Persian literature. Being an immigrant who is constantly negotiating her own identity and sense of belonging in a place she now calls “home,” she is committed to championing books by writers from marginalized communities with compelling stories to tell; stories that demonstrate the true range of perspectives that exist in this world, and address urgent and often underexplored issues in both fiction and non-fiction with veracity and heart. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @agentsaba
When it comes to Young Adult, specifically: I’m looking for strong voices and unconventional narratives that really make me sit up, pay attention, and move me emotionally. Introduce me to unforgettable characters with complex, deep relationships, and show me worlds where things aren’t necessarily as they seem. Intelligent, sharp writing with soul is my biggest weakness, and if you can offer a fresh perspective on top of that, I’ll probably be sold.
I tend to gravitate towards YA that engages honestly with any of the following questions: What does it mean to be responsible for one’s self, for one’s actions? What does it mean to make a good decision, a decision that’s good not just for your future self, but for your present self as well? Can you ascertain how moldable you are? How much of who you are comes from who you choose to be? Can you learn to accept that you’re also largely who you were meant to be and you can’t beat yourself up about it? Can you do better than what was handed down to you? Can you break free of generational cycles of forced expectations, trauma, and violence? Can you take in the reality that there are no neat answers, that there is no one right way to be in this world?


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 workshop@tinhouse.com with the subject line “YA Fee Waiver.”




Our online YA Workshop consists of curated workshops with limited participants, one-on-one meetings with faculty and agents, craft lectures, author conversations, generative exercises, and industry panels. There will be plenty of opportunities for mingling, happy hours, and online karaoke. Each event is recorded and will be available to participants for viewing after the 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. 



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. 2021 Tin House Residents, former faculty, and Tin House Books authors may not apply.

We will award 3 general scholarships for our 2022 YA Workshop. Scholarships cover the total cost of tuition. All scholarship applicants are considered for general admission (you do not need to submit a separate general application).

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

Scholarship for LGBTQIA+ Writers
This award is intended for writers who identify as LGBTQIA+.

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 born outside of the United States.




Tentative Workshop Schedule

All times PST

Thursday, January 27th

4:00pm: Welcome Lecture

4:30pm: Welcome Workshop Meeting

5:30pm: Happy Hour

Friday, January 28th

8:00am-10:00am: Agent Meetings

9:ooam: Student Readings

10:00am-12:00pm: Workshop

12:30pm-1:30pm: One-on-One Meetings

2:30pm: Lecture

4:00pm: Lecture

5:30pm: Faculty Reading

6:30pm: Happy Hour

Saturday, January 29th

8:3oam: Generative Exercise

10:00am-12:00pm: Workshop

12:30pm-1:30pm: One-on-One Meetings

2:30pm: Lecture

4:00pm: Lecture

6:00pm: Karaoke

Sunday, January 30th

8:3oam: Student Readings

10:00am-12:00pm: Workshop

12:30pm-1:30pm: One-on-One Meetings

2:30pm: Lecture

4:00pm: Lecture

5:30pm: Faculty Reading

6:30pm: Happy Hour

Monday, January 31st

8:00am-10:00am: Agent Meetings

10:00am-12:00pm: Workshop

12:30pm-1:30pm: One-on-One Meetings

2:30pm: Lecture

4:00pm: Lecture

5:30pm: Closing Remarks

6:00pm: Happy Hour



2021 Scholars

Alex Brown

Alex Brown (she/her) is a YA Horror writer who loves rooting for the final girl—especially if she’s also a monster. Alex is a queer biracial Filipino American, and one of the inaugural recipients of the SCBWI’s On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award. Alex has served as a mentor in Author Mentor Match, is a Pitch Wars and AMM aluma, and previously attended The Writing Barn's 2019 Rainbow Weekend and Futurescapes. Alex is one of the co-creators and producers of The Bridge, a haunted, folklore-filled audio drama podcast that has over 1,000,000 downloads to date! When she’s not writing, she works in the entertainment industry, where she's passionate about bringing more diverse stories to the big and small screen. She also loves to serenade her cat with showtunes. He mostly tolerates it. Alex is repped by Hannah Fergesen, of KT Literary. Find Alex on Twitter: @gravity_fail09 .

Arriel Vinson

Arriel Vinson is a Tin House Winter Workshop alumna and Hoosier who writes about being young, Black, and in search of freedom. She earned her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Kweli Journal, The Rumpus, The Offing, Catapult magazine, and others. Her work has also been nominated for Best New Poets 2020, Best of the Net 2019, and a Pushcart Prize. She is a 2019 Kimbilio Fellow and 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest semifinalist. Find Arriel @arriwrites on Twitter and Instagram.

Channler Twyman

Channler Twyman is an emerging writer from Atlanta, GA in the U.S. He has significant editorial experience and has been published both online and in print through various publishers, journals, and creative sites. He is currently the Digital Events Facilitator for Elizabeth's Bookshop and Writing Centre where the aim is to celebrate and honor writers of marginalized backgrounds through our programming and bookshelves. He is currently working on his debut novel. Find Channler on Instagram and Twitter @channwrites.

Elliot Thomas

Elliot Thomas writes poetry and young adult fiction. Originally from Memphis, TN, he received an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016. He is currently revising his YA manuscript that explores queerness in the religious south, the power and limits of art-making, what makes lightning bugs glow in the dark, and the troubling statistic that LGBT youth are four times more likely to consider suicide than their straight peers. Ultimately, he wants to tell queer stories that are joyous and dark and fabulous and funny and fierce and moving and true. Queer stories that are unlimited. Find him on Instagram @andrewelliotthomas.

Gail Upchurch

Gail Upchurch is a writer of young adult and adult fiction. She holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University’s creative writing program (SUNY), an MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in fiction from Chicago State University, and a BA in English from Howard University (HU! You know!). Gail has received support from the Highlights Foundation and has short stories forthcoming in The Missouri Review and Obsidian: Journal & Ideas in the African Diaspora. She is currently at work on a young adult novel about a disabled teenage abortion survivor, the boy with whom she falls in love, and the power of choice. Originally from the south side of Chicago, Gail now lives in Maryland with three kiddos and a hubs. When she’s not making up stories, she plays the piano really, really badly, eats cheesy snacks, and teaches African American literature, creative writing, and composition at the University of Maryland, College Park. You can find Gail at gailupchurchwriter.com and on Twitter @upchurch_gail.

Jean Ferruzola

Jean Ferruzola is an Ecuadorian American writer and narrative designer currently based in Seattle. She received her MFA from the University of Washington, and her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Brevity, The Offing, and Entropy Magazine, among others. She was a 2014/15 Hugo House Fellow and a recipient of Artist Trust’s Grants for Artist Projects in 2016. Find Jean on Twitter: @jean_ferruzola & Instagram: @jeanferruzola.

Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan lives in Philadelphia, where she writes contemporary young adult fiction. As a freelance writer, Lisa applies her journalism background and strong opinions about popular media to the queer arts and culture beat; her writing has appeared in Autostraddle. Her longform investigative story "The mystery of Margaret Fox" won a responsible journalism award in the New Jersey Press Association's 2017 newspaper contest.

Yvette Lisa Ndlovu

Yvette Lisa Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean sarungano (storyteller). She is pursuing her MFA at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she teaches in the Writing Program. She has taught at Clarion West Writers Workshop online, earned her BA at Cornell University, and is a 2021 Tin House Scholar. She was the 2020 fiction winner of Columbia Journal’s Womxn History Month Special Issue and is the co-founder of the Voodoonauts Summer Workshop for Black SFF writers. Her work has been anthologized in Tor.com and Fiyah Literary Magazine’s Breathe FIYAH anthology and the Voices of African Women Journal. She received the 2017 Cornell University George Harmon Coxe Award for Poetry selected by Sally Wen Mao and is a 2020 New York State Summer Writers Institute Scholarship recipient. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Journal, Tor.com, Fiyah Literary Magazine, the Jellyfish Review, and Kalahari Review. You can find her on Twitter @lisa_teabag.