WKU Summer Forensic Institute | July 8 – 16, 2017

At the end of WKU’s nine-day speech and debate camp, a student will have most or all of a performance ready to compete. More importantly, the student will also have gained the knowledge to prepare that event on their own. Debaters will learn the methods of argumentation, orators will research and write their own speeches, and interpers will select from our extensive library and build a performance from scratch. We aim to demystify forensics.



Senior High Interpretation CAP – posted 5/31/2017

To maintain our ratio of one counselor for every four campers, we are likely to run out of room in the senior interpretation events before the planned 16 June deadline. We therefore ask you to submit your applications as soon as possible, so we can notify everyone of the cap on new applications for the senior high interpretation events. Availability in Public Forum debate, Oratory, and Extemporaneous Speaking remains fully open at the moment.



Register for the SFI!

Below is the a downloadable application for the 2017 SFI, in PDF format. It includes the one-page application and the two-page medical release form. The application must be sent in by the noted deadline, but the medical release form *can* be submitted later if you need. That deadline is no later than the first day of camp.

Please mail the form back to us, along with your payment. We will immediately register you, and email you a verification. If you have any questions about registration or about the camp experience, just email our director, Ganer Newman | ganer.newman@wku.edu |

Camp application: SFI 2017 Application

Application deadline is 16 June. (new: senior high interpretation events may cap before that deadline) Applications mailed and paid by 19 May receive a $50 discount.






(applications submitted by the 19 May Early Registration deadline received $50 off)




Below is a list of frequently asked question (what to bring, what to expect). Included is a description of each event.




Below is the schedule for the SFI. It includes time and locations for commuter drop-off and pick-up.

Schedule for camp: | .DOC  | .PDF |


2015 SFI Photo Album on Facebook