College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Butler University Creative Writing Camp

Camp dates for 2015 are June 15-19 and June 22-26.  Please visit us in January 2015 to register online for camp.


Thank you to all the campers that joined us this past June 2014!

Welcome to our 17th year of fun!

Session dates are:

  • Session I - June 16-20  (FULL as of 4/15/14)

  • Session II - June 23-27  (FULL as of 4/22/14) 

  • Thank you for your interest in our camp.  Since camp is now full, we have started a wait list for each week.  If you are interested in being on the waitlist, please email Annie Minnich-Beck at with your name, childs' name and grade in the fall, and which week you prefer.  Thank you!

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 2014. Children will be grouped by ages. Camp will be held on the Butler Campus each day, in Jordan Hall, Room 304 (third floor). 


Click here to Register Now

(refund policy at the bottom of this page)

Creative Writing Camp Footage

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, 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.
  • Mindy Dunn, MFA, poet and Adjunct Professor at Butler University

Highlights of Butler University Creative Writing Camp 2014

  • 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.

2014 Camp Cost (due at the time of registration):

  • $255 for one week, Session I OR Session II  
  • $450 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 -