APDI is a co-leader of the One Butler: Creativity initiative. For information and a list of events, visit the One Butler website.
Innovative Campus Initiatives
Creative Writing for Wellness Initiative is a program of the Butler MFA, directed by Hilene Flanzbaum. In this service program, MFA students and faculty lead customized creative writing workshops for community organizations that focus on wellness. The workshops, while not therapy, are aimed to be therapeutic; they can be used for community‐building, stress relief, trauma management, memory stimulation, etc. Medical research shows creative writing can have a positive physiological effect on medical patients suffering from mental illness, addiction, cancer, chronic pain, alzheimers/dementia. The program has led workshops at Indiana Women’s Prison (for inmates), Eskenazi Hospital (for staff), Riley Children’s Hospital (adolescent psych unit), Hope Academy at Fairbanks hospital (English students), American Village (for senior citizens), Gigi’s Playhouse (for parents), and Indiana Youth group.
Writing in the Schools is a program of the English Department and MFA program directed by Chris Speckman. WITS is a community service program supported by a service‐learning course in the English department. Butler MFAs and undergraduates visit Broad Ripple High School and Shortridge IBS school on a weekly basis, offering a creative writing club and tutoring to students.
Divedapper Poetry Carnival is an annual event open to the public and hosted at the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing (ECCW). It is a one‐day festival of poetry open to adults and children and includes poetry readings, workshops, creative stations, bookfair, and lots of carnival goodies like face painting and candy apples. The carnival was last held on August 12, 2017, but the 2018 date is still open. This program is hosted by the ECCW/Butler MFA and Divedapper.com (run by an MFA alumn, Kaveh Akbar), with support from the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series, Butler Libraries, and the Efroymson Family Fund.