Located on the campus of Butler University, the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing is a newly renovated house and a community hub for workshops, public readings, visiting writers and Butler Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) Creative Writing students. The Center is intended to be a space for collaboration, creativity and discussion. Butler established the MFA program in 2008 and had its first graduates in December 2012. Since 1989, Butler’s Visiting Writers Series has been bringing writers to Indianapolis for free, open-to-the-public events.
The house at 530 W. Hampton was built by longtime Butler benefactors Edward and Dorothy Gallahue. Between 1965 and 1979, the house was owned by Butler and used as the president’s house. In 1979, the University sold it to the Steiners – Albert M.S. ‘64, chair of the Department of Classical Studies for 32 years and now emeritus professor of classical studies, and Mary Ann ‘88, who still works in the University’s Office of Registration and Records. The Steiner's sold the house back to Butler for the benefit of Butler students and visitors.
The gift to buy the house is as a result of years of conversations between Jeremy Efroymson and Butler English Professor Dan Barden about Efroymson’s vision of Indianapolis as a national center for art and literature. Jeremy, who is also a writer, has a deep passion and interest in creative writing and its role in providing artistic vitality to the Butler campus and city of Indianapolis.
“It’s important for writers to have their own space,” Jeremy said. “And once I saw the house and the property, I saw it was an awesome place to do readings, to have a home base for writers, to house visiting writers. It will add a whole new level to Butler’s writing program and I think it will also be a boost to creative writing in general in the Indianapolis area.”
The Efroymson Family Fund donated $1 million to Butler University to buy the house to establish the Center and a portion of the gift will be used to establish an endowed fund for continued operations and maintenance of the Center.The Efroymson Center for Creative Writing is a continuation of the legacy and history the Efroymson Family has had with Butler University. In addition to supporting the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, the Fund Advisors have also supported Butler student scholarships, the Hinkle Fieldhouse capital campaign and the Efroymson Diversity Center, also located on the Butler campus.