Tin House Summer Workshop

Wow, what a week. I’m still recovering from a mind-blowing experience at the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop. From the incredible faculty (Jonathan Dee, Rachel Kushner, Jess Walter, Sharon Olds, Jericho Brown) to the diverse community of talented writers, I’m at a loss for how to fully express my gratitude for this amazing workshop.


Set on the Harry Potter campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop is essentially a super cool summer camp for writers serious about craft and the greater conversation of contemporary literature across disciplines. Seven days of manuscript critiques in small workshop groups assigned by genre (novel, short fiction, poetry, non-fiction), faculty craft talks and lectures, nightly readings in a gorgeous natural amphitheater on the river, and… karaoke?

It’s kind of a strange social experiment to bring together over two-hundred writers from across the country and force them to interact like, say, “normal” people. Writers by nature are often not the most social animals, spending most of their time lost in imaginary worlds. So, sure it was awkward at first. But the initial first-day-at-school jitters quickly gave way to a feeling of camaraderie, thanks in part to a steady flow of alcohol at the many happy hours hosted after class. What impressed me most was how the Tin House staff created such an inclusive and collegial atmosphere. It felt like we were all peers, grateful for the experience, grateful for this unique moment in time where we were free to talk about the craft of writing and share our art with each other.

It was an honor to be included in the 2016 class of Tin House Summer Workshop writers. Thank you, Tin House!

Exit Strata est Morte… Long live Exit Strata


Thank you to all the poets, fictionists, artists, musicians, and financial backers that made Exit Strata possible. It was a wild ride and we are forever grateful for your support.

The Exit Strata Editorial Corps has moved onto other ventures.

Douglas A. Wright & Jonathan Rose are working on solo fiction & film endeavors.

Lynne DeSilva-Johnson & Benjamin Wiessner have begun a new creative community project known as The Operating System.

For the original site and back issues of the magazine, please visit ExitStrata.com.

If you are looking for the Awesome Creators, 30/30/30 Poetry Month, [RE-CON]VERSATIONS, or Field Notes series, these web archives and other content have been moved to The Operating System: www.theoperatingsystem.org/category/community_content

9780985518004WHAT WAS EXIT STRATA?

Exit Strata was born out of our desire to produce an art/lit magazine — one that’s a Post-Modern take on the traditional literary magazine, presented like a revolving-door gallery on the page.

In our print issues, we strived to give equal attention to art and literature, often merging the two through collaboration between artists and writers… and also in recognizing the ultimately fuzzy boundaries between these (and all) creative “disciplines.”

Print!: Vol. 1 was published in Spring 2012. Print!: Vol. 2 was published in Winter 2013.

In April 2012, the web portal ExitStrata.com was launched as the online home for exclusive content from emerging artists, filmmakers, musicians, performers, and writers across a wide range of disciplines. Our poetry editor/managing editor/webmaster Lynne DeSilva-Johnson did fantastic job building a wonderful community of online contributors and producing weekly content and series such Awesome Creators, Field Notes, [RE-CON]VERSATIONS, and much more.

Thank you to everyone who came along with us on this amazing journey. We are forever grateful.


Douglas A. Wright – Founding Editor / Fiction Editor for Exit Strata