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.
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.
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.
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
Dominique Weldon, Creative Writing Camp 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
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
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.
- 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.