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Expert guidance from first line to final draft, at the home of one of Britain’s great publishers.

We’re back – some in-person courses have resumed at our London offices. Our expanded range of online courses will also continue to run, with live and self-paced options available. We’re back – some in-person courses have resumed at our London offices. Our expanded range of online courses will also continue to run, with live and self-paced options available. We’re back – some in-person courses have resumed at our London offices. Our expanded range of online courses will also continue to run, with live and self-paced options available. We’re back – some in-person courses have resumed at our London offices. Our expanded range of online courses will also continue to run, with live and self-paced options available.

A creative community of writers

Faber Academy exists to support writers and their writing. Whether you’re booking a one-day introductory workshop, a six-month advanced course or a professional assessment of your finished manuscript, our focus is always on providing the open, warm, rigorous and constructive environment for you to find the heart of your project and write it with confidence.

Our tutors, mentors and readers are celebrated, professional authors and editors, and our courses are designed with the help of pedagogical experts – but first and foremost, Faber Academy is a place for people who are passionate about writing to work together. Our alumni are a thriving, brilliant community; continuing to share work, lend a supportive ear and cheer each other on long after their courses have finished.

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced writer, we have courses in a broad range of disciplines, including fiction, poetry and memoir. You can learn the specifics of a specialism like crime writing, YA or short stories, or study on one of our more comprehensive novel writing and poetry courses. Courses range from the one-day to the year-long, with everything in between.

The right course for you

With courses running in London and online, across evenings, daytime and weekends as well as those that are entirely self-paced and flexible, find the course that best suits you and your particular goals and needs.

We also offer manuscript assessments and mentoring for those looking for something on a more one-to-one basis, or for those a little further along on their writing journey.

Our Heritage

About Faber Academy

Faber Academy was founded in 2008. Hundreds of our students have since gone on to find agent representation, publication deals and awards success and we’ve expanded our programme to include courses across a wide range of disciplines and genres, with online students joining us from all over the globe.

About Faber

Since 1929, Faber has helped writers from around the world find an audience. With a backlist that includes thirteen Nobel laureates and six Booker Prize winners, Faber is one of the world’s great independent publishing houses, and the perfect home for the Academy. Find out more about Faber and its authors below.

Creative Writing Major at Arts Academy

If you write to discover, to understand, or to grow, we provide the guidance and resources you need to develop your unique voice. At Interlochen, you’ll deepen your craft and prepare for your future as a writer and active participant in the literary scene.

What You’ll Learn

As a creative writing major, you will receive accelerated, individualized, graduate-level instruction that will put you leaps and bounds beyond the typical high school writer in terms of technique, versatility, and vocational know-how.

Our faculty of writer-educators will provide personalized mentorship within an intensive but nurturing workshop environment. You will learn to listen, read, and critique like writers. Our faculty will help you create a strong portfolio to apply to top undergraduate literary studies programs or to adapt your learning to a broad range of pursuits.

As a student of the Creative Writing program, you will:

  • Craft an exciting body of work in diverse literary genres, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, and forms you invent
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of craft terminology and cutting-edge stylistic techniques
  • Engage in professionalization opportunities, such as preparing portfolios for national high school creative writing contests and literary publications, interviewing visiting writers about their career paths, and attending workshops
  • Prepare a portfolio for professional and educational submissions
  • Collaborate in interdisciplinary contexts with artists from other majors on campus

For information on graduation requirements and academic curriculum, please visit Academy Academics.

Meet the Faculty

Our faculty includes novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and a New York Times bestselling author. Their work has appeared in such venues as Agni, Tin House, The Rumpus, New South, Denver Quarterly, and Best New Poets. They travel widely to give readings and lead masterclasses, but they always return to Interlochen to help nurture the next generation of creative trailblazers.

Director of Creative Writing

Instructor of Creative Writing

Instructor of Creative Writing

Instructor of Creative Writing and Film & New Media

Creative Writing Scholarship Opportunity

Win a full-tuition scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy with the Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition.

Student Publications

You’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on editorial experience by working on The Red Wheelbarrow, our in-house publication, and The Interlochen Review, our international, online literary journal, which is constructed and curated during the semester-long elective Literary Publications. Through this course, creative writing students strengthen their skills in visual design, converse with professional editors, and learn vital industry software.

Awards & Honors

Our students regularly receive regional and national recognition from contests like the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, YoungARTS, Bennington Young Writers Awards, Michigan State University’s Samet and Benvenuto contests, the Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose, and Princeton University’s Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize. Student work has recently appeared in such publications as Black Warrior Review, Quarterly West, Brevity, and The Texas Review, and we have to-date mentored twenty Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

Get to know Sabine

“At Interlochen, you are surrounded by a wealth of resources and people who are equally excited to be there as you are.” – Sabine, Creative Writing

Creative Writing Academy

Transform your dreams, ideas, and stories into organized, compelling, creative written works with lectures by renowned literary figures from around the D.C. area, dynamic courses with Georgetown graduate student instructors, and insightful, productive feedback from your peers. This combination of workshops and tutorials will help you generate and polish a wealth of new poems, stories, and personal essays, and allow you to experiment with innovative forms in the field of creative writing. The Academy will also focus on the publishing and professionalization aspects of the industry, exploring what markets are available for your writing, what jobs are available to creative writers, funding opportunities for your work, undergraduate and graduate programs in writing, and how to get published. In addition, this week-long program will feature excursions to sites around Washington, D.C., an exercise in ekphrastic writing at the National Gallery of Art, and the chance to read your work aloud at Busboys and Poets, a famous D.C. literary hub. Students who enroll in the program will also have their writing featured in Three Stars, the Creative Writing Academy’s annual student literary magazine.

Estimated Tuition:

Price includes tuition, housing, and meals. Commuter Student tuition is $2,345.

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How You’ll Benefit

  • Participate in writing workshops
  • Awaken your powers of observation, imagination, and description
  • Learn concrete elements of the craft of writing in daily workshops
  • Attend readings from published authors, who will lead interactive classes and conduct group discussions
  • Work with Georgetown’s expert creative writing faculty to bring out your most creative ideas
  • Read excerpts from award-winning works and use them to develop your own original works
  • Visit local monuments, world-renowned theaters, museums, and literary organizations
  • Take part in peer critiques and learn how to revise and refine your writing
  • Have your writing featured in Three Stars, the Creative Writing Institute’s annual student literary magazine

Program Format & Subject Areas

As a student in the Creative Writing Academy, you’ll spend your day immersed in a blend of classroom lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, and group discussions. Throughout the week, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Personal prose
  • Literary history
  • Technique (story structure, character development, theme, description, dialogue)
  • Finding good ideas and turning them into polished pieces
  • Using great literature for inspiration

All in all, I fell in love with the program. I got to meet so many amazing people not only from the D.C. area but all around the country.

Having the chance to experience once in a lifetime opportunities and getting to meet people from around the world made it so I got to really experience what college life was like.

My #SummerHoya experience was enriching, inspiring, and rewarding; if I could turn back the clock, I’d do it all over again.

It was amazing to be surrounded by such high caliber students and staff who were all encouraging and fabulous to work with. I took away many positive things from my week as a Summer Hoya.

As I am filling out my college applications, I am able to think back to my memories from the summer and I am reassured that I am pursuing the right educational path.

The program offers so much–from the off-site visits to the daily lectures and the on campus activities. The lectures were interesting, meeting new people was great and the off-site visits were interactive and intriguing.

Want to learn more?

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