Screenwriting Summer Intensive for High School Students

Tell stories that matter to you. The one-week Screenwriting Intensive is your opportunity to work one-on-one with seasoned screenwriters to develop short scripts and screenplays.

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

Working with a faculty of professional screenwriters, filmmakers, and visiting guest artists, you will have daily instruction and lab time to work individually on scripts and screenplay format.  By the end of the program, you will have developed and completed a short script to include in your portfolio.


Tools and Resources

The Motion Picture Arts (MPA) department is centrally located on Interlochen's campus in the 26,000-square-foot DeRoy Center for Film Studies. Its features include four editing suites, a sound stage, a 180-seat 2K HD projection space, and classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology. View 360-degree virtual tour.

Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops for practice during their free hours. The MPA program is an all-Apple Macintosh environment using Final Cut Pro for video editing and Final Draft for screenwriting. Your personal cameras and laptops will not be used for daily location production or editing class projects, but your equipment allows for individual practice of skills learned in class.

Guest Artists

Guest filmmakers and an ongoing collaboration with the Traverse City Film Festival bring new learning opportunities to students each year. Past guests of the motion picture arts department include: Janet Leahy, an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer who is now the executive producer of Mad Men; Gordon Radley, former president of George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic; Vanessa Bayer, cast member of Saturday Night Live; Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore; and many others.

Portfolio Requirements

PDF file: 1-2 page (double-spaced) personal essay detailing your interest in filmmaking and what inspired your application to Interlochen.

AND one of the following items:

  • PDF file: 3-5 page sample screenplay

  • PDF file: 5 pages fiction short story (double-spaced)

  • Video file: Short video/film or animation. If a collaborative work, please also describe your role in the production. 

  • Film Treatment: 1 page synopsis of an idea you have for a film.

Any written materials should be typed and proofread with a standard 12-point font.

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