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Creative Writing Major at Arts Academy
Why Study Creative Writing
If you write to discover, to understand, or to grow, we provide the guidance and resources you need to develop your unique voice. At Interlochen, you'll deepen your craft and prepare for your future as a writer and active participant in the literary scene.
What You'll Learn
As a creative writing major, you will receive accelerated, individualized, graduate-level instruction that will put you leaps and bounds beyond the typical high school writer in terms of technique, versatility, and vocational know-how.
Our faculty of writer-educators will provide personalized mentorship within an intensive but nurturing workshop environment. You will learn to listen, read, and critique like writers. Our faculty will help you create a strong portfolio to apply to top undergraduate literary studies programs or to adapt your learning to a broad range of pursuits.
As a student of the Creative Writing program, you will:
- Craft an exciting body of work in diverse literary genres, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, and forms you invent
- Develop an in-depth understanding of craft terminology and cutting-edge stylistic techniques
- Engage in professionalization opportunities, such as preparing portfolios for national high school creative writing contests and literary publications, interviewing visiting writers about their career paths, and attending workshops
- Prepare a portfolio for professional and educational submissions
- Collaborate in interdisciplinary contexts with artists from other majors on campus
For information on graduation requirements and academic curriculum, please visit Academy Academics.
Meet the Faculty
Our faculty includes novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and a New York Times bestselling author. Their work has appeared in such venues as Agni, Tin House, The Rumpus, New South, Denver Quarterly, and Best New Poets. They travel widely to give readings and lead masterclasses, but they always return to Interlochen to help nurture the next generation of creative trailblazers.
You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on editorial experience by working on The Red Wheelbarrow, our in-house publication, and The Interlochen Review, our international, online literary journal, which is constructed and curated during the semester-long elective Literary Publications. Through this course, creative writing students strengthen their skills in visual design, converse with professional editors, and learn vital industry software.
Awards & Honors
Our students regularly receive regional and national recognition from contests like the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, YoungARTS, Bennington Young Writers Awards, Michigan State University’s Samet and Benvenuto contests, the Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose, and Princeton University’s Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize. Student work has recently appeared in such publications as Black Warrior Review, Quarterly West, Brevity, and The Texas Review, and we have to-date mentored twenty Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
Interlochen was a dream of mine for much of my childhood, and, after four years at the Academy, I love it even more than I thought possible. With an Interlochen education comes the ability to mix artistic and academic learning, a community that fosters close friendships, and a constant array of opportunities, among other things.
Poppy Rose '20, Arts Academy (Creative Writing)
Take a Tour of The Writing House
Creative writing courses take place in the Writing House, a facility in a Northwoods aesthetic designed to support the needs and development of young writers. The building offers both large communal spaces in the Great Room as well as more private learning spaces in the form of alcoves, reading rooms, one conference room, a big porch, and faculty offices.
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