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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 

2021 - Please save the dates:

In Person: June 14-18 and June 21-25

Virtual: July 12-16

 

 

Please click on "REGISTER" link below to register with a credit card.

Camp Hours: 9:00 AM–3:00 PM Monday through Friday. Additional option to stay from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Students entering grades 3–12 in fall 2021. Children will be grouped by ages. Camp will meet on the Butler campus, in Jordan Hall, third floor, room 304. 

REGISTER

Financial Information 

One session (In Person)—$275 -  9:00am-3:00pm (M-F)

One session (Virtual)—$225 - 9:00am-3:00pm (M-F)

 Additional discounts available for both in person weeks.

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                               

 

For more information 

Geoffrey Sharpless, PhD, Director
gsharple@butler.edu
gsharpless@comcast.net 

Dominique Weldon, Creative Writing Camp 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:

Hilene Flanzbaum, PhD, Professor of English and Director of Writing for Wellness at Butler University

Colby Ornell, MFA (2018), Ph.D. candidate at the University of Houston, Fiction Editor at Gulf Coast

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

Susan Neville, Demia Butler Chair English and Professor of English at Butler University

Alessandra Lynch, Senior Lecturer and English and Poet-in-Residence at Butler University

Chris Forhan, Professor of English at Butler University and author of My Father Before Me: A Memoir

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 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.

COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

  • Health Screening form: A COVID-19 Daily Health Screening form is required at the start of every class. Parents/guardians must print/sign this form and send with student. 
  • Masks: Students & teachers must wear a mask at all times.
  • Class Space: Classes will be socially distanced and held Jordan Hall
  • Social Distancing: Social distancing will be maintained at all times. 
  • Drop-off/Pick-up Procedure: Guardians will not enter the buildings. A staff member will come meet the student/s and collect the health screening form.
  • Parents/Siblings: Parents, siblings, guardians and etc. are not allowed inside Jordan Hall or other Butler buildings.

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