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Front Street Writers

About Front Street Writers

When NWS co-founder Doug Stanton was a high school student and aspiring author, a local benefactor offered to help fund his final year at Interlochen Arts Academy, where he was a creative writing and theater major. The experience changed his life and led him to a successful career as a bestselling author and screenwriter.

Motivated by the belief that even more students in our area should have access to creative writing opportunities, the National Writers Series set out to form Front Street Writers. The program has been supported over the years by Traverse City Area Public Schools, Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD), and countless amazing donors, grantors, and sponsors. A grassroots movement, led by volunteers and created specifically for northern Michigan students, blossomed into a program that has connected and empowered hundreds of talented young writers. Learn more about the history of Front Street Writers here.

Our Classes

Today, we’re proud to offer three pillars of Front Street Writers: a semester-long Creative Writing Lab for high school juniors and seniors; monthly Writing Workshops for students in grades 7-12; and Author Masterclasses with visiting National Writers Series authors.

We’re incredibly grateful to the Gerstacker Foundation and other grantors and donors for allowing us to provide all of these programs free of charge to students in our community. Thank you for making these programs accessible to everyone!

Masterclass with Daniel Bergner

Masterclass with Daniel Bergner

Front Street Writers is excited to welcome best-selling author and journalist Daniel Bergner to Traverse City! On June 1st, Bergner will lead a discussion with area high school students about the art of writing about difficult subjects in an extraordinary and dramatic way. This free in-person class is open to high school students throughout northern Michigan.

Class Date:Wednesday June 1, 2022 (Registration Deadline: May 31st)

Age Group:9th-12th Grade

Summer Sleuthing: Investigative Reporting in Northern MI

Summer Sleuthing: Investigative Reporting in Northern MI

Front Street Writers is excited to offer this free exciting new three-part summer series for high school students and recent graduates

Class Date:TBD

Age Group:9th-12th Grade and recent graduates (incoming freshman with a letter of recommendation from their 8th grade Journalism or English teacher)