College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
MFA Creative Writing

The Efroymson Center for Creative WritingECCW Drawing

The Efroymson Center for Creative Writing opened its doors on December 15, 2011. Located at 530 West Hampton Drive, purchased and beautifully remodeled with a $1 million donation from the Efroymson Family Fund, the Center is a site for graduate-level workshops and public readings. It is also a work space for visiting writers, visiting students, faculty and alumni. The Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, also sponsors the Efroymson Scholarships in Creative Writing.


In its fourth year, our speakers series makes its home in the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing. Meant to supplement the popular Delbrook Visiting Writers Series, it offers more intimate and interactive events from a wide range of genres and perspectives, including: screenwriting and documentary, blogging, graphic novels, book reviewing, editing, spiritual writing and more. The series is intended to enrich the literary "conversation" and community in the MFA program, on campus, and in the broader Indianapolis community. 

Spring 2015

Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 pm
Andrew Levy on Huck Finn: Professor Andrew Levy of the Butler English Department discusses his highly anticipated, just-released book, Huck Finn's America: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece. 


Friday, February 20 at 7:30 pm
The Worst Time of the Year:  An Open Mic Reading with Manuscripts. The contributors to (staff of?) Butler's undergraduate literary magazine Manuscripts host an open reading to warm the depth of winter.  To read or perform, send an email to .  


Friday, March 20 at 7:30 pm
Margo Jefferson on the Lineaments of Criticism: Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson describes the complex, fluid relationsbetween criticism and autobiography, contemplating how the most interesting critics are in dialogue with their own convictions and emotions.


Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 pm
Writers and Mentors: Ellen Bryant Voigt and Catherine Barnett: Visiting poets Ellen Bryant Voigt and Catherine Barnett examine how writers learn from other writers-whether interacting as students and teachers in the classroom or as readers and writers on the page.

For more information about the Efroymson Center and its programs, please email Mindy Dunn at or call 317-940-8733.