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Butler University Creative Writing Camp

Butler University Creative 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.

General Information 

2019 dates are June 17 - 21 and June 24 - 28

Please mark your calendars.

 

Thanks to everyone for an incredibly successful 2018 2 weeks of camp. Please check back with us in February 2019 for information for summer 2019.

2018

June 18-22 or June 25-29 / Both weeks are now full.

Please email bucwc@butler.edu if you would like to be placed on the waiting list (please give us your childs grade in the fall and which week you are interested in).

9:00 AM–4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Students entering grades 3–12 in fall 2018. 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 filled last year.

REGISTER

Financial Information 

One session—$275 

Both sessions—$500 (use discount code provided on registration form)

Refund Policy

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                               

Contact Anne Minnich-Beck, Camp Coordinator at 940-9293 or bucwc@butler.edu
Contact Geoffrey Sharpless, Director - gsharpless@comcast.net

For more information 

Geoffrey Sharpless, PhD, Director
gsharpless@comcast.net 

Anne Minnich-Beck, Program Coordinator
bucwc@butler.edu 

www.butler.edu/english 

Highlights

  • 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. 

Workshops Included

  • Fiction 
  • Poetry 
  • Screenwriting 
  • Playwriting 
  • Children’s Books 
  • Journalism 
  • Liar’s Club/Slam Café 
  • Imagination Tag 
  • The Art of Twitter 
  • The Graphic Novel 
  • The Blogosphere 

Camp Instructors and Guests

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:

John Eckerd, poet & novelist, MFA graduate, instructor at IUPUI

Hilene Flanzbaum, PhD, Professor of English and Director of MFA in Creative Writing at Butler University

Colby Ornell, MFA, PhD Candidate at the University of Houston, Fiction Writer

Katelin Rice, Butler University (2013), MAT graduate, Poet, Language Arts teacher at Pendleton Heights

Karin Salisbury, MFA student, novelist, poet, painter, musician, mom

Elisabeth Speckman, MFA, Adjunct Professor, Fiction Writer, Actress, Playwright

Chris Speckman, MFA, Instructor and Writing in the Schools Director at Butler University, poet

 

Our Vision

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 imaginaion, 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.

For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit our Event Accommodations page.