College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Creative Writing


From holding class on the court of Hinkle Fieldhouse to taking trips to the "Womb Room" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Butler's Creative Writing department takes unconventional routes when it comes to instructing students. Writing courses generally involve group discussions, keeping a daily writing journal, and anything else to encourage writing and creativity.

Though Creative Writing students are encouraged to "ignore their inner editor" in the initial drafting stages, they will also refine their work through peer-workshops and faculty comments. Students are also invited to share their work in Manuscripts, Butler's student literary magazine, monthly poetry readings, and an annual Creative Writing Contest.

Creative Writing Faculty



Manuscripts is Butler's award-winning literary magazine. Comprised of Butler's top literary and artistic talent, Manuscripts is a yearly publication that showcases prose, poetry, photography, and other art by Butler students.  They meet regularly during the school year in an intensive, months-long selection process. The magazine hosts several student readings throughout the year, which are normally held at the campus Starbucks and feature poetry, prose, interpretive dance, skits, and (usually) some sort of opening musical act.

Poetry Readings

Fondly referred to as "Poetry Orgies" by Butler's English students, the poetry readings are held in the Writer's Studio, Starbucks, or at random locations on campus. Poetry Orgies, like Manuscripts readings, include readings of student work and are usually accompanied by a musical performance.

Creative Writing Contest

Late in the spring semester of each school year, the Butler English Department holds a creative writing contest. Our students flex their literary muscles in three genre divisions: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Prizes such as books, gift certificates, and Bengal tiger cubs* are awarded. Winners are selected by faculty and the event concludes with a student reading and awards ceremony in the Writers' Studio.

* Actual prizes may vary

MFA Program in Creative Writing

a new home for creative writing in the Midwest

This is a thirty-hour studio MFA that includes eight three-credit courses and six hours of formal thesis work with an advisor. Most courses will be offered in the evening. If you take a full-time course load, you will finish the program in two years.  Visit our MFA in Creative Writing for more information.