Novel Writing Intensive for High School Students

The Novel Writing Intensive is a highly-selective, one-week program for serious 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 19, 2021 to June 25, 2021
Tuition: $1,625
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12
Priority deadline: 
January 14, 2021

During the program, 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 Novel Writing Intensive with a deeper sense of their strengths and areas in need of improvement, as well as an individualized plan for completing their manuscript. The intensive will culminate with a public presentation and reading by the students.


Portfolio Requirements

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

Additional Opportunities

We offer a three-week Creative Writing summer program, which begins immediately following this intensive. Students are welcome to attend both.

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.


Dr. Brittany Cavallaro

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

Associate Editor, Bull City Press

Susan DeFreitas

Faculty, Interlochen Novel Writing Institute

Collaborative editor and certified book coach

Joe Sacksteder

Director of Creative Writing, Interlochen Center for the Arts; Instructor of Creative Writing, Interlochen Arts Camp