WKU Summer Forensic Institute | 2020 Session Cancelled

At the end of WKU’s seven-day speech 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 different. We work hard at this camp. 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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COVID-19 Update: SFI 2020 Cancelled

After many discussions, the WKU Forensics coaching staff are very sad to report our decision to cancel the 2020 WKU Summer Forensics Institute. We were so excited to offer another outstanding educational experience with some of the most gifted coaches from around the country. Unfortunately, we determined that we were unable to guarantee a safe in-person institute for the students and our coaches. The coaching staff thoroughly explored hosting a digital-based alternative in lieu of an in-person camp experience this summer. However, we do not believe that we are equipped at this point to plan a virtual institute while maintaining the quality of our instruction and our impeccable safety standards.

We look forward to making SFI 2021 our best experience yet!

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.

2019 Camp Schedule

SFI schedule: | .DOC | .PDF

The video to the right is from the 2018 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. If you are interested in the same performances from previous years, we have some of those on our Youtube channel, accessible from this video portal.