Novel Writing Intensive

Why Take Novel Writing Intensive

Join a community of young writers all working toward finishing their novels. Our intensive gets your manuscript to the next level with the support of fellow young writers and the hands-on instruction of a published novelist. 

What You'll Learn

In our one-week program, you'll be in workshops with other dedicated young writers who have completed at least 50 pages of a novel manuscript. The sustained focus on novel writing will help you shape and improve upon your own project long after you've left our beautiful campus. The curriculum may include:

  • Developing foundational skills and strategies like dramatic structure, character-building, and plot 
  • Participating in guided readings, writing exercises, and one-on-one consultation sessions with your instructor
  • Workshopping an excerpt of your novel
  • Crafting an individualized plan for completing your manuscript
  • Gaining insight into the ins and outs of the publishing world through Q&As with professional novelists

Portfolio Requirements

Program Snapshot
Program Length
1 week
Program Dates
  • June 18, 2022 to June 24, 2022
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • January 15, 2022

Meet the Faculty

Our instructors are published novelists, professional editors, fellowship recipients, and even New York Times bestselling authors. Their mentorship is grounded in a deep understanding of the craft, the publishing world, and their commitment to helping a new generation of talented voices. 


Brittany Cavallaro

Brittany Cavallaro, Ph.D.

Instructor of Creative Writing

Susan DeFreitas

Instructor of Creative Writing

Program Highlights

Additional Opportunities

We have many additional camp program opportunities for young writers, including Creative Writing for high school students. 

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a Creative Writing major, as well as a post-graduate year.

The Writing House

During the one-week session, your artistic home will be 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


Our students celebrate the end of the week with a reading from their novel hosted right on our gorgeous campus.

Alumni Stories

From Camp to Academy to Presidential Scholar

Learn more about former Novel Writing Intensive student Sophie Paquette and her journey to becoming a Presidential Scholar.

Learn more about Sophie

Sophie Paquette