College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Butler University Creative Writing Camp

Registration has begun for our 2015 camp.

Camp dates for 2015 are June 15-19 and June 22-26.

As of 2/26/15 Camp is almost half full already, please don't wait to sign up.

Camp will take place Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The camp is available to students entering grades 3-12 in fall 2015. Children will be grouped by ages. Camp will be held on the Butler Campus each day, in Jordan Hall, Room 304 (third floor).   

Please click REGISTER to fill out the registration form and make a payment to secure your spot.

(refund policy at the bottom of this page)  


  • 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

                                        2014 Camp

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, PhD, 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 Instructor at Butler University
  • Lou Harry, Indianapolis Business Journal's Arts & Entertainment Editor, playwright, novelist, whatever-ist.

 Highlights of Butler University Creative Writing Camp

  • 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 meetings with small groups of peers to design and publish a creative webpage and E-zine, as well as daily workshops in the computer labs, and writing related computer instruction.  Campers will also make a walking visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and have a pizza party and explore visual art (children need to bring a sack lunch on other days).

On Friday, the camp will be capped with the presentation of certificates, an open microphone reading 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.

2015 Camp Cost (due at the time of registration):

  • $260 for one week, Session I OR Session II  
  • $460 for both weeks, Session I and Session II (use discount code provided on registration form)

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 -

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