Welcome to the IYWP

The Iowa Youth Writing Project (IYWP) is a non-profit outreach collective founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking.

Summer camp registration opens on May 1st! You can register for our free, fun, and educational summer writing camps starting 12:01 am, May 1, 2019. The IYWP welcomes children in grades 3-6 to register for Elementary Camps -- that includes writers who will be entering 3rd grade in fall 2019. We also welcome writers in grades 7-12 to register for our Teen Camps. For those writers who will be between 6th and 7th grade in summer 2019, you're invited to sign up for either or both types of camps!     

Last summer, our campers created hundreds of fantastic stories, poems, videos, and more! We have compiled their brilliant work into YOUTHQUAKE, a digital publication that showcases the best our young writers created in their 2018 camps. Click YOUTHQUAKE to be directed to the publication!



  • Volunteer Info Sessions 9/5 and 9/6
  • Two students sitting at a table writing
  • Students wearing costumes
  • Are you interested in using your written and verbal communication skills to make a difference in the lives of local K-12 kids? Do you have a passion for writing and creativity? Would you like to build real-world nonprofit management skills in a welcoming and stimulating environment?

    **The Iowa Youth Writing Project is currently accepting internship applications for Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2019-2020!**

    Join our intern team to learn more about running an arts nonprofit, to work with a group of engaged and ultra-talented peers, and to try your hand at using your talents to bring local students to the page.

    The IYWP offers internships in multiple areas, including event planning, development & fundraising, social media & optics, internal administration, and summer programming.

    To apply, please fill out the following survey by 11:59pm on April 1st:


    Feel free to contact mallory-hellman@uiowa.edu with questions!