Novel Writing Institute (one week)

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.

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 15, 2019 to June 21, 2019
Tuition: $1,270
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

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.


Portfolio Requirements

Submit your 50-page manuscript in PDF format. All materials should be typed and proofread, double-spaced, with a standard 12-point font.

Additional Opportunities


Dr. Brittany Cavallaro

Instructor of Creative Writing, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Novel Writing Institute

Associate Editor, Bull City Press

Susan DeFreitas

Faculty, Interlochen Novel Writing Institute

collaborative editor and certified book coach