December Student Showcase


Check out our December student showcase on the blog now! Click here to read Benji’s own spin on Greek mythology in her story “Day of Night”!


Youth Workshop with Rosemary Wells!

Want to write stories with an internationally renowned author?

Share an hour with brilliant children’s book author Rosemary Wells! Find out how the author of the beloved Max & Ruby series gets inspiration for her stories and then help her write one!

Rosemary Wells

WHEN:  Sunday, December 6, 12:30-1:30 pm
WHERE:  Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A
WHO:  Kids who LOVE to read and write!
HOW:  Registration required at:

**Space is limited, so sign up today!**

All participants in the workshop are invited to attend Rosemary’s reading and book signing at 2pm on Sunday in ICPL Meeting Room A.


The IYWP Student Reading

Do you love to hear students share their original written work?

Join us at Prairie Lights on Sunday, November 7th at 2:00 PM for the Iowa Youth Writing Project Student Reading! K-12 students will share pieces they’ve written during an IYWP program this semester. A small reception will follow the reading. We look forward to seeing you there!

Youth Reading event


October Student Showcase

Read this month’s featured story The Staff by Colton Nicks

Every month, we’ll be posting a student’s work on the blog as part of our new student showcase series. Click here to check out the first post and read Colton’s story!


National Day on Writing at the ICPL!

Come celebrate with an afternoon of writing activities and the chance read your stories for TV!

Stop into the Storytelling Room any time between 3:00 and 6:00pm on October 20th to celebrate National Day on Writing with the IYWP! You can draw your own comic strip, compose poetry on the cork-board wall, make word-related arts & crafts, or write a story to read on TV! Register here or at the door!

National Writing Day



Enroll in Writers in the Community

Space is filling up fast! Make sure you check out our blog to read 

There are still openings in the second session of the Fall 2015 Writers in the Community course! This six week course offers the exciting opportunity of volunteering in Iowa City schools and community centers for one credit hour. Sign up on ISIS!

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Mystery Writing Workshop for Teens

Do you love reading mysteries? Would you love to write them, too?

Long-running female detective story author Sara Paretsky of Chicago poses for pictures under train tracks in Hyde Park, Thursday, January 12, 2012. (Alex Garcia/ Chicago Tribune) B581820299Z.1 ....OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, CHICAGO OUT, NO DIGITAL MANIPULATION...

WHEN:  Friday, October 2, 4:00-5:00pm
WHERE:  Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room D
WHO:  Teens who love to read and write mysteries!
HOW:  Registration required at:

Register now for a Mystery Writing Workshop for teens with acclaimed mystery writer Sara Paretsky! In this small workshop sponsored by the Iowa City Book Festival and the Iowa Youth Writing Project, you’ll learn how Sara crafts her characters and plots, and then have the chance to begin writing your own mystery novel from Sara’s mysterious prompt!

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Fall 2015 IYWP Classes at UI!

Undergraduates at the University of Iowa have the unique opportunity to enroll in one of two IYWP-affiliated classes, Writing With Purpose and Writers in the Community. Both allow students to get credit for working with kids, writing lesson plans, and cultivating creativity!

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Collaborative Songwriting Workshop Follow-Up

Listen to the absolutely amazing song written by IYWP and Dream Center kids during our Collaborative Songwriting Workshop with the talented and oh-so-generous Monte Selby! And special thanks to David Gould and his filmmaking team who put together this wonderful documentary about the day. Dream on!

Interested in volunteering but want more info before you sign up? Please fill out our Volunteer Application, and we’ll be in touch!