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 session, 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.
Our on-campus offerings this summer draw inspiration from an old Shaker aphorism, "To master one craft, apprentice yourself to three." This summer, students will take daily classes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting. Part of the day will also be given to guided open writing time, and students will have the chance to workshop up to two full pieces in two of the above genres of their choice.
- 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.
- 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 introduces 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.
High school Creative Writing students are required to bring a laptop computer, which supports Windows 10, or macOS 10.14 and 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 classwork and Internet access is not allowed during class.
Faculty appointments for Arts Camp 2021 will be finalized in spring.