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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 Intensive 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 Angeline Boulley

Masterclass with Angeline Boulley

WAIT LIST ONLY. Front Street Writers is THRILLED to welcome bestselling YA author Angeline Boulley to Traverse City! On December 8, Angeline will be putting on a special author masterclass for writing fiction. This class is open to high schoolers throughout northern Michigan.

Class Date:Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Age Group:High School

Creative Writing Intensive Spring 2022

Creative Writing Intensive Spring 2022

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR WINTER/SPRING 2022! Calling the writers, dreamers, and poets. If you're ready to dive into your writing and learn from some of the best writers in Michigan, this course is for you. The Front Street Writers Creative Writing Intensive is a virtual, semester-long program with a small class of high school students studying poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Class Date: Application due 1.16.22

Age Group: 10-12th

Poetry Workshop

Poetry Workshop

Perfect for aspiring poets, this 3-hour workshop explores the steps to creating powerful poetry with instructor Ari Mokdad. Students are encouraged to bring their own writing to share with the group!

Class Date:Sunday, January 30, 2022

Age Group:Grades 8 - 12

Screenwriting Workshop

Screenwriting Workshop

Want to learn how to turn your idea for a story into a movie or TV script? This course will teach you how! You’ll learn the technique, structure, and story-telling skills that enable you to write a script that brings your story to life. Start the course with an idea, and finish it with a full script that will take your characters on an exciting journey of personal change and emotional growth fit for the big—or small—screen. 

Class Date:Saturday, February 26, 2022

Age Group:High School