I don‚Äôt know why that old Willie Nelson lyric popped into my head‚Ä¶ probably because I wish I had the funds to attend this workshop.
The fine folks at Tin House are putting on a great writer‚Äôs workshop from July 9th through the 16th. It looks like it‚Äôs too late to apply for one of the scholarships, but I can‚Äôt find any final application deadlines. It‚Äôs pretty pricy‚Ä¶ if you applied today, $1050 plus $550 for food and lodging. There are other options that could drive your total up to almost three thousand.
BUT! Look at this faculty!
The list is pretty long, I‚Äôm only picking out my favorites:
‚ÄìDenis Johnson: His story collection Jesus‚Äôs Son could easily be one of the most influential collections of recent memory.
‚ÄìDorothy Allison: Bestselling author of Bastard Out of Carolina, Cavedweller and others.
‚ÄìKevin Canty: One of the short stories in A Stranger in this World has my favorite opening of all of literature.
‚ÄìCharles D‚ÄôAmbrosio: Love The Point and Other Stories. Just love it.
‚ÄìChris Offutt: My fellow Kentuckian‚Ä¶ I used to play soccer in his home county. Memoirs just don‚Äôt get better than the opening chapters of No Heroes. When he writes in the prologue that ‚ÄúHere, you won‚Äôt get judged by your jeans and boots. . . . Never again will you worry that you‚Äôre using the wrong fork, saying the wrong thing, or expecting people to keep their word. . . . You are no longer from somewhere. Here is where you are. This is home‚Äù every person who‚Äôs ever returned will know what he‚Äôs talking about.
There are so many other people at this workshop that I‚Äôm not going to bother listing them all. If you‚Äôve got the cash, then think about signing up. Or better yet, give me the money so I can go.
Check out the workshop’s website here.