The Novel Writing Institute is a highly-selective, one-week intensive program for young writers who have completed at least 50 pages of a novel manuscript. Students will work one-on-one with a published novelist who will introduce them to the foundational skills and strategies unique to novel-writing, including dramatic structure, characterization, and plot.
Below are examples of past instructors; 2017 faculty will be announced in the spring.
During the institute, students will spend their days in The Writing House, a beautiful and inspiring space built specifically to meet the needs of young writers. View 360-degree virtual tour
Through guided readings, writing exercises, and consultation sessions, students will leave the Institute with a deeper sense of their strengths and areas in need of improvement, as well as an individualized plan for completing their manuscript. The institute will culminate with a public presentation and reading by the students.
Submit your 50-page manuscript in PDF format. All materials should be typed and proofread, double-spaced, with a standard 12-point font.
Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a creative writing major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.
Faculty, Novel Writing Institute