Creative Writing Summer Program for Grades 6-8

Why Take Creative Writing

Immerse yourself in the power of the written word at our creative writing camp for middle schoolers. With the encouragement of our stellar instructors and other talented young writers, you'll craft stories that soar off the page as you develop a portfolio of work that you can proudly showcase.

What You'll Learn

During the session, you'll learn how to give and receive constructive feedback with other passionate young writers. All of our instructors are professional writers who are eager to help you shape your portfolio in a way that feels true to your imagination.

As a student at Interlochen's writing camp for middle school students, you will:

  • Participate in daily writing classes with guided reading and writing assignments in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and playwriting
  • Discuss and critique your work in small class sizes 
  • Work with a broader range of instructors in a master class environment (Creative Writing Forum)  
  • Find creative inspiration enjoying our scenic campus and through our Environmental Explorations class 
  • Publish your writing in our camp anthology
  • Perform your best work at our student reading


Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • SESSION 1: June 23, 2024 to July 13, 2024
  • SESSION 2: July 14, 2024 to August 4, 2024
Age Range
Intermediate (Grades 6-8)
  • SESSION 1: Applications CLOSED
  • SESSION 2: Applications CLOSED

Program Highlights

Showcase Reading

Students will participate in a showcase reading in The Writing House Great Room on the last day of the program.

Small Class Sizes

Our classes are kept small for students to better receive individualized feedback from your instructor and bond with other young writers.


The Writing House

Your artistic home will be the The Writing House. This comfortable space provides quiet work areas, ample seating for group projects, and a literary publications room with computer and printing stations. Take a 360-degree virtual tour.


Students will contribute work to a print anthology that you can take home at the end of the session. The anthology is a perfect memento to remind you of a productive and inspiring summer.

Meet the Faculty

Our instructors are committed educators and accomplished artists with extensive experience in their disciplines. As mentors, they are dedicated to helping you develop your own unique voice.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Reina Hardy

Reina Hardy

Instructor of Creative Writing

Megan Baxter

Megan Baxter

Instructor of Creative Writing

Director of Creative Writing Karyna McGlynn

Karyna McGlynn, Ph.D.

Director of Creative Writing

Gbenga Adesina

Gbenga Adesina

Instructor of Creative Writing

Having those experiences outside with your friends makes the writing come that much easier.

Tara, Creative Writing

No Better Place

Our intermediate campers agree: this is a place where you can explore your interests, take risks, and make friends with those who share your passions. See what Camp life is all about.