Digital Writing Enrichment 2020-21

IYWP digital summer camp
The IYWP is proud to host an innovative series of online writing workshops and modules that engage students with the creative process even when we can't be together in the classroom.

In lieu of our weekly in-person writing clubs, the IYWP is thrilled to offer an exciting set of digital writing enrichments for elementary students and teens to enjoy throughout the 2020-21 school year.

Presented as a series of themed, expert-led modules, these writing enrichments are intended to engage students with their creative process, impart the writing skills and techniques usually discussed during our in-person workshops, and provide students with an outlet for self-expression and publication during the pandemic and beyond.

Browse our list below to find out more!

Elementary Programs

Elementary programming
Digital Fall Enrichment for Elementary Students
Available October 2020 - January 2021

Join the IYWP for a series of fun, zany, inspiring, and empowering online writing activities this fall! Led by the talented undergraduate students in our Writing and Community Outreach class, these 45-minute activity modules will take students around the world and beyond with imaginative and engaging prompts. Write your own movie, design your ideal day (on Earth or on Mars), or compose a letter to a future you. The possibilities are endless!

New activity modules are uploaded to our site twice a week. Move through them at your own pace, and in whatever order you'd like. Once they're uploaded, all activity modules will be available through January 2021.

High School / Teen Programs

students at the IYWP Junior High Writing Conference 2018
Digital Fall Enrichment for Teens
Available October 2020 - January 2021

The IYWP's digital fall enrichment for teens features a series of writing modules designed to empower you, get your creative juices flowing, and give you an outlet to express yourself (or just vent) in a time when we don't have easy access to each other. Learn how to create a convincing dystopia (we challenge you to top the present reality), deepen your skills in character development and set design, or write the ultimate villain. Taught by University of Iowa honors students, our modules cover fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, and more.

New activity modules are uploaded to our site twice a week. Move through them at your own pace, and in whatever order you'd like. Once they're uploaded, all activity modules will be available through January 2021.

Mixed Age Programs

The IYWP brings the fun to kids any age!
Digital Fall Mixed-Age Enrichment
Available October 2020 - January 2021

Join the IYWP's talented team of superstar interns as they lead the way through a series of specialized writing activities. These more focused modules are designed to sharpen your skills in a particular area or introduce you to genres and forms you may never have explored before. Want to write your own video game? We got you. Hone your dialogue skills for a play? Check. Learn what a ghazal is and compose one? Yes indeedy! Our interns have expertise in a variety of areas, and in these modules, they'll share that expertise with you! You can also submit your work for feedback or publication.

Some of the modules on this page are geared toward elementary students, and others are geared toward teens. Check out each module's title and designation to find the best fit for you!

(Note to guardians: we take separate registrations for elementary students and teens for ease of record-keeping.)

Horn Elementary/ West High WAC Writing Club
ARCHIVE: Horn Elementary Writing Club
Ages: High school students teaching elementary school students
In-person programming will resume in 2021-22 school year. Stay tuned!

Each week high school students at West High School work along side IYWP staff to lead workshops at Horn Elementary. West High students learn to write lesson plans and lead workshops, while also getting the silling fun of volunteering with Horn students. Horn Writing Club members, in grades 2-6, enjoy the mentorship of high school students who invite them to write and draw from mind-bending prompts.

If you're a student at West High who would like to volunteer at Horn Writing Club, please contact site coordinator Jane Huffman, jane-huffman@uiowa.edu.

Horace Mann Elementary Writing Club
ARCHIVE: Horace Mann Elementary Writing Club
Ages: Grades 1-6
In-person programming will resume in 2021-22 school year. Stay tuned!

If you like high-octane, wacky fun, the kids at Horace Mann are your bunch! Creative, outgoing, and always up for a laugh, this after-school crew will leave you in stitches.

Exterior of Lucas Elementary with trees in fall
ARCHIVE: Lucas Elementary
Ages: 2-6
In-person programming will resume in 2021-22 school year. Stay tuned!

These high-energy kiddos love creating stories that they can act out for their classmates. Keep plenty of good ideas in your back pocket when writing with this rambunctious group! 

ARCHIVE: Liberty High Spoken Word Club | IC Speaks
Ages: Grades 9-12
In-person programming will resume in 2021-22 school year. Stay tuned!

Students in Liberty High's Spoken Word Club write spoken word poetry with IC Speaks.

ARCHIVE: City High Spoken Word Club | IC Speaks
Ages: Grades 9-12
In-person programming will resume in 2021-22 school year. Stay tuned!

Students at City High's Spoken Word Club write spoken word poetry with IC Speaks.

Student performs her poetry on stage.
ARCHIVE: West High Spoken Word Club | IC Speaks
Ages: Grades 9-12
In-person programming will resume in 2021-22 school year. Stay tuned!

This is the IYWP's first-ever spoken word club! Led by local spoken word artist Caleb Rainey with IC Speaks, students use the space to explore their truth, experiment with spoken word techniques, discover the work of renowned spoken word artists, and learn about opportunities for local performances!

ARCHIVE: Grant Wood Elementary Club
In-person programming will resume in 2021-22 school year. Stay tuned!
ARCHIVE: Longfellow Elementary Club
In-person programming will resume in 2021-22 school year. Stay tuned!
Tate Spoken Word Club | IC Speaks
ARCHIVE: Tate High Spoken Word Club | IC Speaks
Ages: Grades 9-12
In-person programming will resume in 2021-22 school year. Stay tuned!

Tate is an alternative high school, meaning that it provides shorter periods, career counseling, and special guidance for students living complicated lives. Students in IC Speaks Spoken Word Club elect to spend their lunch hour writing and discussing poetry. Be prepared for some brilliance: these students are expressive, emotionally intelligent, and fierce. 

 

ARCHIVE: Alexander Elementary
In-person programming will resume in 2021-22 school year. Stay tuned!