College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
MFA Creative Writing

The Efroymson Center for Creative Writing

ECCW 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. 

Fall 2014

Thursday, September 4, 7:30 p.m.
What's the Use of Writing in Form?
Morri Creech, a finalist for this year's Pulitzer Prize in poetry, discusses how form provides expressive possibilities and liberates the poetic imagination.

Tuesday, October 28, 7:30 p.m. Clowes Hall
Our second annual Writer's Harvest event to benefit Second Helpings features acclaimed novelist and essayist Jonathan Franzen, winner of the National Book Award. Admission is free; please bring a bag of rice or box of pasta to help feed those in need. In partnership with the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series.

Friday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.
Halloween Gathering. A group reading of poems and short works of prose that will give you the shivers, the willies, the heebie-geebies. Come to get spooked and to fill up on Halloween goodies. If you are interested in being among the readers, email Chris Forhan ( by October 29.

Thursday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
Jacob M. Appel is the author of The Biology of LuckScouting for the Reaper, and The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up, winner of the Dundee International Book Prize. His latest collection of stories, Einstein's Beach House, won the inaugural Pressgang Prize. Appel is a psychiatrist, lawyer, leading bioethicist, and licensed New York City tour guide.

Tuesday, December 2, 7:30 p.m.
Live Writing. This year's Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence, screenwriter, documentarian, and visual artist Alix Lambert, leads a gathering designed to help writers of any genre unlock their imagination. For anyone who feels blocked or is expert at procrastinating or overthinking or just needs a jump-start: come write on the fly, and watch your writing surprise you.

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