We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in
grades 3-12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to
build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between
students who aspire to higher education and the professors,
professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are
eager to share what they know.
Butler Bridge programs are designed to develop the writing
skills of pre-college students. Participation in such an
individualized writing workshop program will help students prepare
for college while also nurturing their talents and
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Please note that registration is limited for many Butler Bridge
programs, as specified.
Writing Club: Second Saturdays
Our "Second Saturday" writing club meets monthly at the
Efroymson Center for Creative Writing. Each Saturday session
includes Poetry, Fiction, and/or Creative Nonfiction lessons.
Students meet with peers and a graduate student mentor who leads
the workshop, engaging the students in thoughtful discussion about
writing. Note: This is not class! Workshops will offer a fun,
energetic environment for growing creative writers. Second Saturday
sessions and open workshops will be split up by three different age
divisions: elementary, middle, and high school.
Saturday, September 13
Saturday, October 11
Saturday, November 8
Saturday, December 13
All sessions run from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 per session.
Open grades 3-12.
The Bridge program offers single-day and multiple-session
workshops for students. These workshops are led by Butler faculty,
MFA graduate students, and YA authors from the central Indiana
"Play-in-a-Day" with Elisabeth Giffin
Saturday, October 4. noon-3:30 p.m.
Calling all playwrights! Work
with your peers to write, rehearse and perform a play. More details
"Creative Writing Camp Reunion and Holiday Party" with Director
Saturday, December 6. noon-2:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 (includes treats!)
Reunite with your camp friends
and favorite mentors to celebrate the season through writing.
Free Satellite Workshops!
The Bridge program is excited to offer two free workshops each
semester in local libraries. Each workshop will be led by a current
Butler MFA student, details and topics forthcoming.
Saturday, Sept 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
"Building Characters with Archetypes" with Kim Clow.
MFA student and Zionsville Community HS teacher, Kim Clow, will
teach students in grades 3-12 how to build a main character based
on archetypes like hero, anti-hero, mentor, fool, scapegoat, etc.
Students will start a story and begin to plot out what journey
their character will undergo.
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Saturday, November 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
"Re-writing Fairytales" with Chelsea Muzar and Marissa Manuel
MFA students Chelsea and Marisa will lead students through the
popular process of re-writing fairytales. Beginning with examples,
structures and definitions, students will learn all about
the elements of the genre, then put them to work in their very own
re-written fairy tale.
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Meet the Staff:
Second Saturday Mentors
This year's mentors all have previous experience working at
Butler's Creative Writing Camp. All mentors are outstanding
graduate students in Butler's Masters of Fine Arts in Creative
Farhad Anwarzai, HS mentor
and Bridge Program Graduate Assistant
Kaveh Akbar, MS mentor
Elisabeth Giffin, Elementary
Writer's Workshop Teachers
Workshop teachers are all professional writers: either Butler
writing professors, Graduate Students in Butler's MFA program in
creative writing, or publishing authors from the Indianapolis
Elisabeth Giffin is a
second-year graduate student in Butler's MFA program in creative
writing, specializing in playwriting. She earned her B.A. in
theater and English from Dension University and has appeared in
many theater productions in Indianapolis. She worked at Butler's
creative writing camp this summer, and is a favorite mentor this
year at Second Saturday Writing Club.
Dunn has a B.A. in English from Butler University
and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Purdue University, with a
specialty in poetry. Mindy is the Administrative Specialist for the
Efroymson Center for Creative Writing and has taught at Butler in
the English, First Year Seminar, and Honors departments for five
years. She has also worked as a teacher and mentor at Butler's
creative writing camp for 8 years.
Farhad Anwarzai is a third-year
student working on his thesis in Butler's MFA program in
Creative Writing, specializing in fiction. Farhad has worked with
the Bridge program since it's inception and has been a mentor and
teacher at Butler's creative writing camp for over 5 years. This
year Farhad will be the on-site supervisor for all Bridge
Graduate Assistant (marketing), Elisabeth
Giffin is a second-year Butler MFA student specializing in
playwriting. Elisabeth has experience working with children in
theater and creative writing; she has worked at Butler's Creative
Writing Camp and is a board member for Theater on the Square. This
year Elisabeth is our marketing assistant, spreading the word about
the Bridge Program to students, teachers and parents all over
If you have any additional
questions about the Butler Bridge Program or its programs, please
email Mindy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Annual Writing Contest:
2014 Booth Tarkington Prize for Young Writers
This year's contest is closed to entries, and we are pleased to
announce our winners:
Fiction: "The Quest for Ermador" by Syed-Muhammad Waasif Ali
Poetry: "Death Before Slavery" by Elizabeth Bowling
Fiction: "A Chance" by Hannah Plunkett
Poetry: "You" by Maya Mishra
Fiction: "The Skogsra" by Carley Drake
Poetry: "First Bloom" by Melissa Ho
We thank all of the students who submitted their work and
encourage you to continue in all your writing efforts. Your
continued participation is the lifeblood of the contest, so please
submit again next year!
For more information about Butler Bridge programs, email email@example.com.