Interlochen's summer creative writing program gives you time and space to immerse yourself in the craft of writing. Guided by an outstanding faculty of published fiction writers, essayists, playwrights, and poets, you will expand your skills in multiple genres, deepen your conceptual understanding of writing as an art form, and increase your confidence to share your work with others in print and aloud.
During the three-week sessions, students 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. The daily schedule includes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and playwriting workshops, as well as evening readings by the faculty and visiting authors. Each session culminates with a public reading by the students and the publication of an anthology of student work.
You will have the opportunity to focus intensively on two genres during your three-week session. These will include a prose-based workshop, focused on either fiction or nonfiction, as well as either a poetry or playwriting workshop. Students who prefer to take poetry and playwriting instead of a prose-based workshop may indicate this in the application portal. Workshop placement will depend on your preference and portfolio review.
For your prose-based workshop, you will be placed in one of the following two genres:
Fiction workshop focuses on the fundamental elements of writing short stories. You will be introduced to the craft of short fiction through in-class exercises and the discussion and analysis of a diverse range of published stories. You will explore story structure, point of view, character, plot development, setting, dialogue, and revision.
Nonfiction workshop focuses on the fundamental elements of writing creative nonfiction. You will be introduced to the craft of creative nonfiction through in-class exercises and the discussion and analysis of a diverse range of published essays. You will explore essay structure, point of view, voice, character, temporality, setting, and revision.
For your second workshop, you will be placed in one of the following two genres:
Poetry workshop focuses on lyric, narrative, and dramatic poetry, and you will be introduced to traditional and contemporary poets. You will explore topics such as the texture and rhythm of language, image-making, and metaphor.
Playwriting workshop will introduce you to character creation and dramatic structure through reading contemporary dramatic texts. You will write scenes to explore character, action, theatricality, and dialogue, and workshop a scene in class.
Round out your experience with an elective class, which is an excellent opportunity to explore another art area.
High School creative writing students are required to bring a laptop computer, which supports Windows XP, Windows 7, or Mac OSX (version 10.5 or newer) only, and a USB Flash Drive. Other operating systems are not guaranteed to be compatible with campus systems. It is not necessary to bring a printer. Computer use is strictly limited to class work and Internet access is not allowed.