Why Study Creative Writing at Interlochen 

Through a group learning experience designed to help writers engage and interact, you'll develop your craft and find your unique voice in a setting where creativity blooms.

Here, you’ll learn from published and professional writers who are also skilled editors. They’ll inspire you to fill the pages, tear them up, and start again. They’ll teach you how to connect with your reader. You’ll discover how to tell stories that resonate—working with passionate fellow writers who’ll lend support and a sounding board.

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Creative Writing Major

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Virtual Instruction

A Practical Education  

Leap out of your head and onto the page. Our creative writing programs provide the structure, guidance, and interaction you need to refine your expression and develop productive processes.

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Learn from Top Talent

Learn everything from the fundamentals of narrative and the musicality of the line to the latest experimental techniques and the surest routes toward publication. Our renowned faculty will provide highly-personalized guidance with valuable industry insight.

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Awaken Your Inner Voice

You’ll master command while uncovering your unique style. The immersive and collaborative experience at Interlochen challenges you to become a better writer at every turn. 

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Experience Nature’s Allure

Surrounded by natural beauty, Interlochen offers a bounty of creative inspiration to help develop your imagination.

Creative Writing News

A painting of a dark-skinned hand grasping an orange in front of a cloud-filled sky.
“MUKTI: Poems of Liberation” accepted into Hawaii-based international film festival

The short film, based on the life stories of several Arts Academy students, was created in collaboration with student filmmakers, animators, and poets

Mackenzie Duan
Interlochen Online student selected as 2023 Davidson Fellow

Creative writer Mackenzie Duan received a $10,000 literature award from one of the nation’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship programs.

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Creative writing students invited to apply for full-ride scholarship

The Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition is open to students in grades 8-11 with a talent for creative writing.

Creative Writing Events

Music, Academy Student, Academy Student


Friday, October 6, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. ET

Corson Auditorium Adult: $35; Child through College: $19


Creative Writing, Guest Artist

An Evening with Leslie Sainz

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. ET

The Writing House FREE, no tickets required


Creative Writing, Academy Student

Red Wheelbarrow Reading

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. ET

The Writing House FREE, no tickets required