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WKU Summer Forensic Institute

**2020 Summer Forensic Institute is 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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What is the SFI like?

The below video from one of our counselors will help indicate what we do at the SFI and why. The videos here are not exhaustive, however, and they currently only address the senior high Interp group. The Oratory group, the Extemp group, and the Junior High Interp group are, however, just as passionate and considered.

  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.


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 Last Modified 5/8/20