IYWP Digital Programming: Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Digital Programming
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.

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!