Performance Writing and Spoken Word Institute

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 20, 2020 to June 26, 2020
Tuition: $1,575
Age range: Students currently in grades 6-9
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis.

Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 is pivoting this summer to Interlochen Online. Learn more about our interactive online summer arts series.

The Performance Writing and Spoken Word Institute explores the power of both the written and performed word. Students get friendly with the time-honored poetic devices of the ancients, as well as the rip-the-roof-off rhetoric of rap. Students create original poems and spoken word pieces in several different styles, learning effective communication through voice and body language. This is an excellent class for slam teams about to enter competition or for any student who wants to learn to write and rock the mic. Come with an open mind, a willing spirit, the ability to laugh, and a pair of good drum sticks (not joking… bring drumsticks).

Portfolio Requirements

Submit a written original poem and/or a video of you performing a poem of your choice.


Regie Gibson

Faculty, Interlochen Performance Writing and Spoken Word Institute

Faculty, Emerson College; Professor of English, Clark University; Poet-in-Residence and Head Instructor of Poets in the Schools Program, Mass PoetryInstructor, Grub Street Independent Writer's Center; Artistic Director, Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy, Shakespeare to Hiphop