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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 imaginations. 

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Please note that registration is limited for many Butler Bridge programs, as specified. To register for any of the following programs, click here.

 

Summer 2014

The Butler Bridge is looking to expand our programming this summer to off-campus venues around the Indianapolis community. Please check periodically as we continue to add more summer workshops.

Flash Fiction: Writing a One-Page Story with Darryl Pebbles

Saturday, June 28. 1-3PM.
Location: Fishers Public Library (Five Municipal Drive, Fishers, IN 46038)
Cost: FREE
Grades: 7-12
Register at HEPL (Registration not required)
 

The short-short story, or flash fiction if you prefer, provides a wonderful tool for learning the basics of fiction writing in a compact but challenging way. We'll read a very short story from Alice Walker and look closely at the three main components of narrative fiction: character, voice, and action. We'll answer the question: how can you write a compelling story with a single character and a particular voice based on a particular action or plot turn? We'll examine how Walker does this and write our own dynamic stories based on this model.  



Fall 2014

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.

1-3 PM:
Saturday, September 13th
Saturday, October 11th
Saturday, November 8th
Saturday, December 13th

Cost: $15 per session. Open grades 3-12.

Writer's Workshops

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 community.

"Play-in-a-Day" with Elisabeth Giffin

Saturday, October 4th. 12-3:30 PM.
Cost: $25
Grades: 4-7

Calling all playwrights! Work with your peers to write, rehearse and perform a play. More details forthcoming.

"Creative Writing Camp Reunion and Holiday Party" with Director Geoff Sharpless

Saturday, December 6th. 12-2 PM.
Cost: $10 (includes treats!)
Grades: 3-12

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.

Nora Library

Saturday, Sept 27th. 1-3 PM.
8625 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Glendale Library

Saturday, November 22nd. 1-3 PM.
6101 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

 

To register, click here.


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 Writing program.

Farhad Anwarzai, HS mentor and Bridge Program Graduate Assistant
Kaveh Akbar, MS mentor
Elisabeth Giffin, Elementary mentor

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 community.

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.

 

Administration

Coordinator, Mindy 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.

Graduate Assistant, 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 events.

If you have any additional questions about the Butler Bridge Program or its programs, please email Mindy at butlerbridge@butler.edu.

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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:

Elementary School
Fiction: "The Quest for Ermador" by Syed-Muhammad Waasif Ali
Poetry: "Death Before Slavery" by Elizabeth Bowling


Middle School
Fiction: "A Chance" by Hannah Plunkett
Poetry:  "You" by Maya Mishra

High School
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 more Butler Bridge programs, please visit http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ or email butlerbridge@butler.edu.

 

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Happy Writing,

Mindy Dunn
Farhad Anwarzai