The creative writing program at Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school provides guidance, support and numerous opportunities for young writers. Students in the creative writing program study and create poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid genres and screenwriting with a faculty of writer–educators. The goal of the program is to help young writers cultivate their talents and broaden their command of the writer's craft at all levels.
Students hone and polish their unique voices through readings, discussion, writing exercises, group critiques and individual tutorials with the faculty. Writers also develop their skills by studying masterworks in a variety of traditional and contemporary genres. Literature and craft-based electives are offered to help the student tailor the experience to their own needs and interests. Students leave the program with a portfolio of carefully revised work in a variety of genres.
Each year, students edit and produce a quarterly literary magazine, The Red Wheelbarrow, and an annual online literary journal, The Interlochen Review. Students also showcase their work with public readings and various collaborative performance opportunities. An impressive list of nationally renowned writers visits each semester, giving public readings and offering fresh perspectives on the writing craft in question and answer sessions.