Butler University Creative Writing Camp
Butler University’s Creative Writing Camp offers an intensive and entertaining week of workshops to help young writers develop their talent and passion for writing. Campers will converse and work with accomplished novelists, poets, editors, and teachers of writing.
2020 camp dates are June 15-19 and June 22-26
Registration for the Creative Writing Camp, now in it's 23rd year, will begin in February 2020.
Camp Hours: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM Monday through Friday.
Students entering grades 3–12 in fall 2020. Children will be grouped by ages. Camp will meet on the Butler campus, in Jordan Hall, third floor, room 304. Please register early as both weeks fill every year.
Both sessions—$500 (must use discount code provided on registration form)
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
For more information
Geoffrey Sharpless, PhD, Director
Anne Minnich-Beck, Program Coordinator
- 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, slam and performance art, free writing, nonsense verse, haiku, and abstract and concrete poetry. Campers will meet in small groups of peers over lunch to design and publish a creative webpage, as well as in daily workshops in the computer labs. 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, we’ll cap the camp with a presentation of certificates, an open-mic reading (with ice cream). Families are welcome. Throughout the camp, students will work with Butler student mentors and professors to create a website where work from the camp will be displayed and enjoyed by participants and families.
- Children’s Books
- Liar’s Club/Slam Café
- Imagination Tag
- The Art of Twitter
- The Graphic Novel
- The Blogosphere
Butler University’s Creative Writing Camp offers an intensive and entertaining week of workshops to help young writers develop their talent and passion for writing. Campers will converse and work with accomplished novelists, poets, editors, and teachers of writing, including:
Hilene Flanzbaum, PhD, Professor of English and Director of Writing for Wellness at Butler University
Katelin Rice, Butler University (2013), MAT graduate, Language Arts teacher at Northview Middle School, poet
Karin Salisbury, MFA (2018), Adjunct Professor, novelist, poet, painter, musician
Elisabeth Speckman, MFA (2016), Adjunct Professor, Butler Bridge Program Director, fiction, playwright, actress
Chris Speckman, MFA (2013), Adjunct Professor, Writing in the Schools Director at Butler University, poet
The Butler Bridge and Creative Writing Camps—A Community for Young Writers
Creative Writing Camp and Butler Bridge 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 literary arts that they don't even notice how much they are learning.