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 discover the possibilities!

Elementary Programs

Students at Alexander Elementary working together on a writing prompt
Digital Spring Enrichment for Elementary Students
Available March 15 - May 31

Spring has arrived, and the IYWP is at it again! Join us for a series of creative writing activities and prompts designed to stimulate your brain, tickle your funny bone, and work your creative muscles. Led by the talented undergraduate students in our Writing and Community Outreach class, these 45-minute activity modules will take your writing to new heights and give you some cool creative projects to kick off as the weather gets warmer. Plot out a screenplay, write a menu for a post-apocalyptic restaurant, try your hand at rapping, or compose an ode to your granddad's threadbare socks. The possibilities are endless!

New activity modules are uploaded to our site 3-5 times per 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 May 2021.

High School / Teen Programs

Teen writing
Digital Spring Enrichment for Teens
Available March 15 - May 31

Wait - you mean we've been doing this for a year, and there's STILL a pandemic on? Worry not - the IYWP's got your back. Sign up for our spring module series to dust off your writing practice and keep creating through the warmer months. Learn how to write a vilanelle, deepen your skills in characterization or sensory description, or craft a fantasy universe. Taught by University of Iowa honors students, our modules cover fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, and more.

New activity modules are uploaded to our site 3-5 times per 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 May 2021.

(c) Nolis Anderson
Teen Persona Workshop with Dr. Eve Ewing!
Presented in partnership with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature

Attention, teen poets and writers! Do you ever wonder what your creativity can do? How your writing, your scholarship, and your passions can join forces to address the issues you care about the most? In this series of persona-based mini-workshops taught and/or inspired by the brilliant Dr. Eve Ewing, you will be moved to sit down at the intersection between creativity and justice, pull out your proverbial (or, hey, maybe literal) typewriter, and get to it. The workshop will kick off with a reading and poetry exercise by Dr. Ewing herself and then will proceed with a series of prompts and exercises in a variety of genres inspired by Dr. Ewing's work.

Each year, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature awards the prestigious Paul Engle Prize to a writer whose work turns outward, challenging established social conventions and engaging positively with each of the people and communities their words touch. This year, Dr. Eve Ewing is the recipient of the Paul Engle Prize, and it is through the generosity of the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature that she will be working with us.

Dr. Ewing does it all. A sociologist by training, she has written books of poetry, fiction, scholarly and experimental narrative nonfiction, and comics. She's also hosted podcasts, given lectures, and (yes) created the text for a shadow puppet video about the life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Her experience spans an array of genres and topics, and in this workshop, you can expect that you will, too!

WORKSHOP AVAILABLE DECEMBER 18 - FEBRUARY 1

Dr. Eve Ewing is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. She is an assistant professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection 1919 and the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side. Her first book, the poetry collection Electric Arches, received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year's best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She also currently writes the Champions series for Marvel Comics and previously wrote the acclaimed Ironheart series, as well as other projects.

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!