WKU Summer Forensic Institute | July 7 – 15, 2018

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, or help others. That is what makes the WKU SFI diferent. We work hard at this camp. 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. Our aim is to demystify forensics, and provide a stage for voices unheard. To accomplish this, we aim each year to have roughly one counselor for every four campers, which is rare in summer forensic camps.

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Register for the SFI!

Below is the a downloadable application for the 2018 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. Note also that we offer need-based scholarships (discounts) for those whose work ethic exceeds their budget. Please email ganer.newman@wku.edu to find out how you can make use of this opportunity. We also offer a discount for applicants from a school who sends five or more students. You will need to email Ganer (above) about that in advance so that we understand why each applicant is discounting themselves prior to our receiving all of that group’s applications.

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 2018 Application <


Application deadline is 15 June, though applications after that date *may* be considered pending availability. (senior high interpretation events may cap before that deadline, due to popularity)





Discounts to remember:

Below is a reminder list of possible discounts for which you may apply.

  1. Applications submitted by the 18 May Early Registration deadline receive $50 off
  2. Email ganer.newman@wku.edu to apply for need-based scholarship
  3. If five or more students from your school are coming to the camp, have your coach email ganer.newman@wku.edu to notify us, then your coach must remind all of the students to discount themselves according to Director Newman’s instructions



What is the SFI like?

Ours is a work camp. While students will have evenings free to socialize and relax, the rest of the day is spent learning how to craft a performance. Lecture is used to prepare students, and this is then applied in group and individual coaching sessions. You will not need to bring any topics or scripts to camp, unless you would like, as we plan on coaching the entire process. While many other camps will coach a single performance, necessitating returning to camp each year to be coached again, we give you the tools to do the task yourself.


Example camp schedule

Below is last year’s camp schedule, to give you an idea of what to expect.

SFI schedule 2017: | .DOC | .PDF


The below video is from last year’s end-of-camp performances, of students who felt comfortable showing off what they’ve accomplished in their week-plus of work. Some of these students had never done these events–or any competition–before.