Explore Creative Writing 

Become a better writer with guidance from published authors in online courses, certificate programs, or private lessons.

Next session starts Sept. 16.


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The best of Interlochen, now online.

Interlochen Online is a year-round source of expert online arts education, offering opportunities for adults, teens, and children to strengthen their artistic abilities. Join our community from anywhere in the world in an online environment that inspires creativity, confidence, and collaboration.

Why learn from Interlochen Online?

  • Expert instruction and personalized feedback
  • Develop new skills in 30 days or less
  • Learn on a schedule that works for you
  • Connect with peers from around the world

This is your moment to add character to your essays, write short stories in any genre, and start your novel or memoir. Experience what it's like to learn from Interlochen Online today and download a free guide on creative writing.

 

Inside Interlochen Online

Every Interlochen Online program combines flexibility with world-class, personalized instruction—empowering you to meaningfully develop your artistic skills.

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Inspiring four-week courses

Learn through engaging video lessons, practical assignments and projects, and live class meetings with a professional artist and other passionate students from around the world. Plus, all throughout the course, you will receive personalized feedback to strengthen your unique skills.

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Receive an impressive credential with certificate programs

Dive into three four-week courses designed to refine your skills. You’ll stand out with an Interlochen credential for your résumé, college application, or LinkedIn profile. Teens can also receive high school credit upon completion.

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Mentorship through private lessons

When you sign up for private lessons with one of our acclaimed faculty, you’ll receive exceptional arts mentorship that works with your schedule. Register for as many lessons as you'd like, each tailored to your age, skill level, and needs.

Featured Course

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Introduction to Creative Writing

Turn good ideas into great stories. This four-week introductory course will teach you all the key components of great storytelling, including how to develop characters, the narrative arc, themes, symbolism, and metaphors.  

What You'll Learn

  • Write well-crafted fiction
  • Sketch characters with wants and fears
  • Create thematic metaphors

All Artistic Disciplines at Interlochen Online

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Music

Explore music performance, theory, songwriting, or production.

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Theatre

Dive into acting or musical theatre, for stage or the screen.

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Film

Bring stories to life through film, animation, and new media.

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Dance

Strengthen your skills in ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, and more.

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Creative Writing

Find your voice through fiction, fantasy, essays, and more.

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Visual Arts

Develop painting, drawing, and graphic design skills.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! In each course, you will receive personalized, constructive feedback throughout the four weeks, both from your instructor and from your peers, to help you develop your ideas and hone your skills. In private lessons, your instructor will also provide critical guidance on your work.

You can expect to spend about five hours per week on a course. Course weeks begin on Monday (except when Monday is a holiday) and end on Sunday. You can pace out your week in whatever way works best for you, but we recommend spending a bit of time each day on the course, much like you would practice an instrument. Typically, each week’s creative project is due by Sunday at noon Eastern time.

As part of the course, you can participate in an optional weekly hour-long video class meeting, where you can learn from the instructor and interact with fellow students in real-time. At the beginning of the course, you will complete a survey indicating your preferred times for the class meeting. The instructor will make every effort to identify a meeting time that works for everyone. The instructor will also post recordings of the meetings and you can view them when it is convenient. You will interact regularly with your instructor throughout the course. Within the learning environment, you can share messages with your instructor and peers, and you will also receive personalized feedback on your work in this same way.

 

We are committed to providing an inclusive and accessible learning environment for all students in our online programs. We believe that all students should have equal access to our learning materials and activities, and that an inclusive learning environment benefits everyone. Here are some of the accessibility features that we have incorporated into our online courses:

  • Our course platform is compatible with screen readers and other assistive technologies.
  • We use captioning for all videos.
  • We use headings and other structural elements to help users navigate the course content more easily.
  • We use color contrast in combination with other design elements to ensure that course content is easy to read and understand.
  • We provide alternative text for images and graphics.
  • We use plain language and avoid jargon or overly technical language wherever possible.

If you would like to request an accommodation for one of our courses, or would like to share any concerns or suggestions regarding accessibility, please contact online@interlochen.org so that we may assist you.

Yes! Once you complete your private lesson registration, you will be given a link to a form to make your request to study with a specific instructor. If you do not have a specific instructor in mind, you will be assigned a private lesson instructor. All of our instructors are excellent and well-regarded. They teach with Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen Arts Camp, and/or institutions of higher education.

What People Are Saying

“We were completely floored by how organized and professional this experience was for our son. I feel like this should be the model for all schools in the age of virtual learning.”


– Interlochen Online Parent