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.

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 masterclasses with visiting National Writers Series authors.

We’re incredibly grateful to the Gerstacker Foundation and other grantors 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.

Creative Writing Intensive Fall 2021

Creative Writing Intensive Fall 2021

Calling the writers, dreamers, and poets. If you're ready to dive into your writing with likeminded peers 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 modeled after a Master of Fine Arts, with a small cohort of 11th and 12th grade students studying poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Class Date: Application due 8.31.21 | Classes begin 9.30.21

Age Group: 11th and 12th

College Essay Writing Workshop

College Essay Writing Workshop

It's college application season! Emily Modrall and Gretchen Uhlinger of Pinpoint Advising will work with you to understand the building blocks of a strong college application essay and develop an essay draft with instructor feedback.

Class Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021

Age Group: 10th - 12th grade

Masterclass with Mary Roach

Masterclass with Mary Roach

Making Nonfiction Funny and Fun!

Bestselling author Mary Roach will walk students through 10 ways to punch up nonfiction writing in this one-hour virtual masterclass for high school students.

Class Date: Monday, September 20, 2021

Age Group: High school (grades 9-12)

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, October 2, 2021 and Saturday, October 9, 2021

Age Group: 11 and 12th grade