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Butler Bridge Program

Butler Bridge Program

We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery. 

This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define: enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

If you have any additional questions about the Butler Bridge Program or its programs, please email the Bridge Program Coordinator, Mindy Dunn, at

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Taking a PAUSE! 

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support and participation in the Butler Bridge Program. Many of our eager students and parents have noticed our spring program schedule has not been posted yet, this is due to some exciting news.

Now that Butler is back in session after winter break, we are currently working on some administrative restructuring that will make us even better equipped to serve our loyal community of students. While we are doing so, we are putting a TEMPORARY HOLD on Writing Club and Workshops. We are hoping to get up and running again by late February to Mid-March, so please STAY TUNED for news on upcoming programming, like the ever-popular Writing Club, as well as NEW opportunities.


Thank you for your patience as we grow!



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Writing Club

Meeting on once a month on Saturdays, our writing club is housed at the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing. Each Saturday session includes Poetry, Fiction, and/or Creative Nonfiction lessons. Students meet with peers and a graduate student mentor who leads the workshop, engaging the students in thoughtful discussion about writing. Note: This is not class! Workshops will offer a fun, energetic environment for growing creative writers. Writing Club sessions will be split into three age divisions: elementary, middle, and high school.

All sessions run from 1:00-3:00 PM and meet at the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing (530 W Hampton Dr):

Cost: $15 per session. Open grades 3–12. 



Writer's Workshops

The Bridge program offers single-session workshops that engage students on a specific writing skill, genre, or topic.

Dates TBA


Meet the Staff:

Writing Club Mentors

All mentors are outstanding graduate students in Butler's Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

Greg O'Neill, Bridge Program Graduate Assistant/ Elementary mentor. Greg is a third-year student in the fiction program and is working on his thesis. 
Caitlin Dicus, Lead HS mentor. Caitlin is a third-year poetry student working on her thesis. 
Camara Wallace, Lead MS mentor. Camara is a second year poetry student in the MFA program. 
Colby Ornell, Lead Elementary mentor. Colby is a third-year fiction student working on her thesis. 
Connor Kesslering, "floating" mentor. Connor is a first year fiction student in the MFA program. 

Writer's Workshop Teachers

Workshop teachers are all professional writers: either Butler writing professors, Graduate Students in Butler's MFA program in creative writing, or publishing authors from the Indianapolis community.


Reminder: All Bridge events are held at the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, located at 530 W Hampton Drive, unless otherwise noted.