College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Butler University Creative Writing Camp

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Creative Writing Camp 2014


Dates for the 2014 camp will be:

June 16-20 and June 23-27, cost is $255 for one week and $450 for both weeks.




session dates are:

  • Session I - June 17-21 FULL
  • Session II - June 24-28 FULL


If you are interested in receiving information for next year, please email Annie at    Thank you!       

(refund policy at the bottom of this page)

Camp will take place Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp is available to students entering grades 3-12 in the Fall of 2013. Children will be grouped by ages. Camp will be held on the Butler Campus each day, in Jordan Hall, 3rd floor, JH304.


Footage from 2011 Creative Writing Camp

Workshops Offered

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Screenwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Children's Books
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Liar's Club
  • Slam Cafe
  • Imagination Tag
  • The Art of Twitter
  • The Graphic Novel
  • The Blogosphere

Camp Teachers & Guests

Butler University's Creative Writing Camp offers an intensive and entertaining week of workshops to help young writers develop their talent and passion for the literary arts. Campers will converse and work with accomplished novelists, poets, editors and teachers of writing, such as:

  • Dan Barden, MFA, novelist and essayist, Professor of English at Butler University
  • Hilene Flanzbaum, PH.D., Professor of English at Butler University 
  • Susan Neville, MFA, author of fiction and non-fiction, Professor of English at Butler University
  • Chris Forhan, MFA, poet and author of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Associate Professor of English at Butler University
  • Alessandra Lynch, MFA, poet and Adjunct Professor at Butler University
  • Lou Harry, Indianapolis Business Journal's Arts & Entertainment Editor, playwright, novelist, whatever-ist.
  • Mindy Dunn, MFA, poet and Adjunct Professor at Butler University

Highlights of Butler University Creative Writing Camp 2013

  • College student mentors
  • Daily visits from guest writers
  • Field trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Campers will attend entertaining, lively workshops designed to inspire young writers. Students will write and read stories, plays, screenplays, poetry, personal narratives, song lyrics, and experimental pieces, experiencing the power of the literary imagination while developing language skills.

The week also includes forums on the birth of ideas, the creative art of advertising, free writing, nonsense verse, haiku, abstract and concrete poetry.  Campers will also have lunch meeting with small groups of peers to design and publish a creative web page and E-zine, as well as daily workshops in the computer labs, and writing related computer instruction.

The camp will be capped with the presentation of certificates, an open microphone reading in Holcomb Gardens (weather permitting), a pizza party and ice cream (families welcome). Throughout the camp, students will be working with professors and college student mentors to create a website where work from the camp will be displayed and enjoyed by participants and families.

2013 Camp Cost (due at the time of registration):

  • $250 for one week, Session I OR Session II
  • $450 for both weeks, Session I and Session II (discounted)

Butler University Creative Writing Camp
4600 Sunset Avenue
English Department/Jordan Hall 308
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3485

Refund Policy: 

Prior to June 1 - Campers withdrawing from camp will be given a refund less a 20% admin fee

After June 1 - No camp refunds will be given                               

Contact Anne Minnich-Beck, Camp Coordinator at 940-9293 or
Contact Geoffrey Sharpless, Director -