(Extra)ordinary Content (Online)

Why Take (Extra)ordinary Content


For writers of all genres, this online workshop will guide participants to identify and use their most compelling material to create new work and reinvigorate ongoing projects.

Drawing from memory, imagination, and observation, writers will discover their own extraordinary content. Writing activities will combine each writer's unique material with ways of telling, structure, and form, in order to make work that resonates. Prompts will encourage the exploration of emotional veracity and the role of specificity as a means to create universality, subtext, and surface narrative. Whether a writer is creating imagined new worlds or writing autobiographical pieces, prose or poetry, these explorations will feed the muse. This online workshop is open to all levels.

Course Dates: Feb. 25-26, 2023
Early Registration Fee: $225 (Through Jan. 1, 2023)
Regular Registration Fee: $250 (After Jan. 1, 2023)
Course Location: Online

This online course has been cancelled. 


To use Zoom, you will need access to a computer (preferred) or mobile device with internet access. This is a list of basic system requirements.

Screen Size

  • Zoom are best viewed at a minimum screen size of 11+ inches. If you want to use a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the mobile apps for Zoom.

Operating Systems

  • macOS 10.13 or newer (Interlochen recommends Apple products)

  • Windows 10

  • chromeOS

  • Apple iOS or Android

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a Mac or PC 5 years old or newer if possible. While it is possible to use an iPad or mobile device, the experience will be better for you on a laptop or desktop.

  • If using a laptop, it should have the following specifications:

  • At least 4GB of RAM

  • At least 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

  • Minimum of 1.5Mbps download and 800Kbps upload


Patricia Ann McNair

Artistic Director of Writers Retreat, Instructor of Creative Writing, Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Questions? Contact Gary.

Associate Director of Continuing & Community Education

Email: college@interlochen.org

Phone: 231.276.7340

Gary Gatzke