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Screenwriting Intensive

Why Take Screenwriting

Spend a week during this screenwriting summer program on our gorgeous campus drafting your creativity and imagination into stories and scripts that matter to you, all while working one-on-one with seasoned screenwriters, filmmakers, and visiting guest artists.

What You'll Learn

You'll have daily instruction and lab time to work individually on your scripts and screenplays. Under the guidance of our professional filmmaking instructors, you'll leave the program having developed and completed a short script for your portfolio. You'll also have the opportunity for a staged reading of your work with your fellow screenwriters.

Portfolio Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
1 week
Program Dates
  • June 15, 2024 to June 21, 2024
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Applications CLOSED

Program Highlights

The DeRoy Center for Film Studies

The DeRoy Center for Film Studies is the only facility in the country dedicated to film and animation studies at the high school level. You'll have access to professional facilities and equipment including specialized classrooms, edit suites, a multipurpose 2D/3D studio, a soundstage, stop motion rigs, cameras and lighting packages, and a 180-seat viewing space. You'll have the technology you need at every step of the animation process.

Additional Opportunities

The Film & New Media program offers additional summer programs, including Filmmaking and Animation. These programs begin immediately following this program. Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers majors in Film & New Media and Creative Writing for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

Meet the Faculty

Our Film & New Media faculty members work in some of the most well-respected films and television series. They are seasoned industry professionals as well as innovative educators. Learn more about our Screenwriting Intensive faculty or browse all faculty.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Baldvin Kari

Baldvin Kári

Instructor of Film & New Media

Ana Lazarevic headshot 2022 400x600

Ana Lazarevic

Instructor of Film & New Media

Guest Artists

Recent guest artists to the Film & New Media Department during Interlochen Arts Camp include:

  • Gina Atwater, screenwriter, "Westworld"
  • Robert Eggers, film director, screenwriter, and production designer known for The Witch and The Lighthouse
  • Peter Gould, television writer, director, and producer known for Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul
  • Janet Leahy, an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer known for Mad Men
  • Michael Moore, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker.
  • Sarah Nerboso, screenwriter, "Harvey Girls Forever!"
  • Gordon Radley, former president of George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic
  • Shawn Wines, screenwriter, "Gordita Chronicles"
Screenwriting student reads her work aloud at interlochen arts camp

Interlochen is like a mini college: Students learn in a way that fuels their individual interest, but they come home to a group of friends who vary in major. Interlochen has inspired me to be a fearless, open-minded, and driven student of the arts.

Elsa, Screenwriting Intensive