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Tin House Craft Essays For Scholarships

The Tin House Summer Workshop is known for its lectures: brilliant, practical craft talks that hone our writerly chops and make us hungry to work. In this same spirit, Tin House’s Brooklyn outpost is proud to offer Tin House Craft Intensives, a series of master classes led by favorite Tin House writers. Less lecture and more laboratory, the intensives combine close reading, discussion, and in-class writing to offer a potent dose of inspiration and explore what makes writing work when it works. Join us!

  • Classes are held in the Brooklyn Tin House offices at 126 13th Street, Unit 4R, in the Gowanus neighborhood. Each Intensive is capped at seven students. Stay after the class for an optional look around the office and a Q & A with a Tin House editor.
  • Admissions are rolling--and competitive--and fill fast! Apply early to secure a spot. Final deadline is March 25th, 2018. Expect to hear back no later than April 1st.
  • Cost is $125.

Contact Emma Komlos-Hrobsky at with questions. We look forward to your applications!


Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:00-5:00 pm
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Story with MARIE-HELENE BERTINO

Though we make countless subconscious decisions when writing fiction, one of the biggest is often left unexamined: structure and how it bends time. Do we begin at the end or finish in the middle, and how does each choice affect story? When we shuffle scenes, we shuffle time, so what is collapsed time, implied time, and summarized time, and how can we use each to exemplary results? We'll study how these ideas work in the Charlie Kaufman/ Michel Gondry film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," and how they can help while writing any type of fiction. As this class is being taught by a fabulist, we'll also talk rule breaking. Rule breakers must know the rules better than anyone. Class will include takeaway writing prompts culled from these lessons so students leave with ideas on how to implement these ideas in their own work. Handouts provided in class. Optional pre-requisite: viewing “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

Sunday, April 29th, 2018, 2:00-5:00 pm
Prose That Thinks Like Poetry with GREGORY PARDLO

We don’t watch cooking shows for the recipes. We watch to see epicureans enthuse over things they feel passionately about, and to see the foodie venture dangerously outside the security of first-world comfort. Ditto the personal essay, which attempts to reveal the mind in flights of fear, fancy and everything between, through neighborhoods of thought that aren’t entirely familiar or secure. Indulgent if not reckless, the personal essay takes as much pleasure in the language as in the shapes of ideas. We might think of the personal essay as poetry plus. Let’s talk about the poet’s approach to the personal essay, and read some essays through the craft goggles of poetry. We’ll be doing some low-stakes writing together as well.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018, 7:00-10:00 pm
Taking Sides with JAMEL BRINKLEY

As writers, the choices we make early in the life of a story can cause us, and readers, to pledge allegiance to one or more characters over others, often in ways we don't intend, ways that can simplify our stories. In this class, we'll explore what happens when we try our best to be on the side of all of our characters. We'll look at the work of writers such as Edward P. Jones, Yiyun Li, and William Trevor, and then generate work in which we push ourselves to take multiple sides. Along the way, we might take a detour, led by poet-friends Solmaz Sharif and Rickey Laurentiis, to critically interrogate a term that may very well be the elephant in the room: empathy.

Sunday, June 10th, 2018, 2:00-5:00 pm
Everything You Wanted to Know About Worldbuilding But Were Afraid to Ask with KELLY LINK AND HOLLY BLACK

Building a world is an important skill for a writer of the fantastical and one that translates into every genre. We’re going to take you through questions of place, the price of skills, how mood and metaphor make certain promises for story — plus the value of the strange.

 MARIE-HELENE BERTINO is the author of the novel 2 A.M. at the Cat’S Pajamas and the story collection Safe as Houses. Her work has received The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, fellowships from The Center for Fiction NYC, Sewanee, McDowell, and Hedgebrook Writers Colonies, and has been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts. In 2017 she was The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow in Cork, Ireland. She teaches at NYU and in the low-residency MFA program at Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. For more information, please visit:

GREGORY PARDLO's ​collection​ Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors​ include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly Review. Air Traffic, a memoir in essays, is forthcoming from Knopf.

JAMEL BRINKLEY is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf Press/A Public Space Books). His fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Epiphany, and LitMag. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He is from New York City and currently lives in Los Angeles.

KELLY LINK is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

HOLLY BLACK is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll BonesThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.


Но, сэр, мутация… - Немедленно! - крикнул Стратмор. Чатрукьян некоторое время смотрел на него, лишившись дара речи, а потом бегом направился прочь из шифровалки. Стратмор повернулся и с удивлением увидел Хейла.