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 our major donors and the Dragonfly Fund Foundation, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Their generosity allows us to provide all of these programs free of charge to students in our community. Thank you for making these programs accessible to everyone!