Discover a creative writing summer camp unlike any other

Are you a young writer with a passion for your poetry? Do you envision yourself writing a fiction novel or screenplay?

Whatever your creative ambitions are, you’ll take your talents to the next level at Interlochen Arts Camp. Explore creative writing programs for grades 3–12.



What does Interlochen Arts Camp have to offer? Combine your interest in writing with all the fun of a traditional summer camp.

When you come to Interlochen this summer, you will:

  • Write and reflect in a beautiful natural setting
  • Work with incredible faculty and guest artists
  • Forge friendships with students from around the world
  • Grow your skills and talents as a young writer
  • Enjoy all the fun of camp including cabin games, traditions, outdoor activities, and more


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Frequently Asked Questions

Dates vary by age and program of interest.

One-week Intensives (Grades 9–12): June 15-21

Two-week sessions (Grades 3-6): June 23–July 6; July 7–July 20; July 21–Aug. 3

Three-week sessions (Grades 6–12): June 23–July 13; July 14–Aug. 4

Four-week sessions (Grades 3-6): June 23–July 20; July 7–Aug. 3

Six-week sessions (Grades 6-12): June 23–Aug. 4

The priority application is Jan. 15. We will continue to welcome applications after Jan. 15 as space permits. In 2023, over 3,000 students attended Interlochen Arts Camp, so the earlier a student can apply the better. Applying early gives you priority consideration for scholarship opportunities, for your first choice program, and gives you time to plan ahead.

We believe that each and every talented student who is offered admission should be able to attend Interlochen Arts Camp. 85% of families that apply for assistance receive financial aid. Need- and merit-based financial aid is available, and financial need does not affect admission.

Interlochen exists to help artists develop and improve, so it is most important that students showcase potential to learn and a capacity for continued growth. Students are not expected to be "perfect." We recommend that you learn more about Interlochen, visit our campus, or apply.

Interlochen's beautiful 1,200 acre campus is located in the northwest corner of Michigan's lower peninsula, near Traverse City. By car, we are about four hours from Detroit, and six hours from Chicago. Our region is served by Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), which offers multiple daily flights to and from Chicago and Detroit, and seasonal service to/from Minneapolis, New York City, and Newark.

What People Are Saying

“This summer at Interlochen is truly a blessing for me. I'm delighted beyond belief that I can have this opportunity to truly grow, both as an artist and a person. In the few days I've been here, I've found that in Interlochen, the possibilities are endless."

Hannah, Miami Beach, Fla.