Creative Writing: Portfolio Requirements

1. Personal Essay: Please address the following:

  • How the practice of reading and writing enriches your life
  • How your attendance at Interlochen will help you attain your goals for creative writing

2.  Writing: Six to eight pieces of original work written or revised during the last year, including:

  • Poetry: Three or four poems
  • Fiction: Two or three pieces of short stories or novel excerpts
  • Nonfiction: One or two pieces of nonfiction in the style of a creative, personal or reflective essay (not a report for school). If you do not have creative nonfiction pieces, please submit additional fiction and/or poetry.

3. Optional - Supplemental Works
You are welcome to include a school paper, essay, or report; an original play or scene no longer than ten pages; or, a wildcard that could be a journal entry, a letter, or anything not listed as a requirement.

As a complement to the portfolio presentation, the Director of Creative Writing may request to schedule a meeting to discuss your creative pieces and overall candidacy to the program.

Portfolio Guidance:
The writing portfolio should reflect your interest and ability in poetry and prose and should include examples of your best work. Portfolio pieces should be presented in typed form, standard format with one-inch margins, double-spaced for prose, single-spaced for poetry, using a standard font. If you are unable to present all of the suggested materials, please submit materials that best display your present level and potential. We will let you know if we need to see more. We look forward to reading your writing!

How to Submit Your Materials:
Applicants are required to submit their portfolios digitally as a part of the application process. After you start the application for admission, create an account on DecisionDesk and upload your work under your Interlochen Application ID number as a "Creative Writing Major".

For applicants who are joining us for a campus visit, please upload your portfolio one week prior to your visit day in order to participate in an official portfolio review.

Campus Visit:
We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit!  The schedule may include a meeting with our Director of Creative Writing, a full tour of campus including The Writing House and residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and a chance to observe classes in session. To learn more visit Plan Your Campus Visit or email