Creative Writing Courses

Creative Writing Major Program

A new Creative Writing student must take (a) a Workshop and (b) Elements of Poetry and Fiction in his/her first year.

After the first year, majors must take workshop and one other writing course.  In their senior year, majors are encouraged (not required) to take three creative writing courses.  Majors are also required to attend individual tutorials with their writing instructors on a weekly basis, and they are expected to participate fully in all program activities, including guest writers’ workshops and readings (usually Thursdays).

Students who choose to major in Creative Writing should take into account, when planning their class schedules, that time must be reserved for writing, and therefore care should be taken to avoid an overload of homework.

Common Hours
Creative Writing majors gather for required Common Hours on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-4 in the Writing House. A weekly department meeting is held at 1:30 followed by independent writing time and one-on-one tutorials with instructors by appointment. Occasional departmental activities held during Common Hours include Question and Answer sessions with Visiting Writers, open mics, additional workshop sessions and field trips. Students are expected to report as directed to required tutorials and workshop sessions. For the remainder of this time, students are expected to focus on writing, revision, and required reading and critiquing for writing classes.

Annual online literary journal The Interlochen Review.

Elements of Fiction

Elements of Poetry

Introduction to Screenwriting

Advanced Screenwriting

The Writing of Nonfiction


Literary Publication


Writer in Residence