Special Events 2020

High School / Teen Programs

Jumi Bello
Social Justice Spoken Word Workshop at West High School's MLK Day
Ages: Teen
Place: West High School
Thursday, January 23rd, 10 am - 2 pm

Spoken word artist Jumi Bello will lead two spoken word workshops on social justice for a MLK Day celebration at West High School. Youth will listen to, write, and perform spoken word pieces. Jumi has two published spoken word chapbooks and is a local writer in Iowa City! 

Amir Safi Spoken Word Artist
Embracing Complexity: Hancher Center's Spoken Word Artists at Tate High School
Ages: Teens
Place: Tate High School
Friday, February 21st, 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

Visiting spoken word performers invited by The University of Iowa's Hancher Center for Embracing Complexity are invited by the IYWP to teach a workshop on spoken word in affiliate IC Speaks classroom. Students will write to embrace complexity in the 21st century.

Jia Tolentino, journalist. Photo credit: Elena Mudd
Jia Tolentino's Talk: Online Journalism at West High School
Ages: Teens
Place: West High School
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 12:54-1:44 PM

The Iowa Youth Writing Project will host Jia Tolentino, journalist for The New Yorker and author of the new book Trick Mirror. Jia Tolentino will visit West High School's journalism class to lead a workshop and Q&A on journalism and empowered writing in the 21st century!

Spring Volunteer Appreciation Party & Graduation
Ages: High School and Undergraduates
Place: Get Fresh Cafe
April, 6 PM - 7 PM

The Iowa Youth Writing Project is so grateful for its undergraduate, high school, and community volunteers! We'll celebrate them at a local business that is also doing great things for our community. 

10th Birthday: IYWP's Garden Party Fundraiser
Place: TBD
Friday, May 9th 5:30 - 7 PM

The IYWP is turning 10 years old and we'd love the gift of a donation to IYWP so that we can continue to empower, inspire, and engage over 900 youth in 2021. This garden birthday party will be held outdoors with an indoor rain plan. Rain or shine we're coming together to support local youth. See you there! Buy a ticket now.

Junior High Programs

Writing Jam
Junior High Writing Jam
Ages: Junior High & Middle School
Place: The Mill
Saturday, February 22nd, 12 - 2 PM

The Iowa Youth Writing Project is hosting the Junior High Writing Jam as part of the One Book Two Book Festival in Iowa City in collaboration with UNESCO City of Literature. The Jam will feature an accomplished YA (Young Adult) Literature author, their new book, and related activities as well as an Ipad giveaway and pizza party. This is a great way for young writers to write, share their work, learn from an expert, and to meet other young writers. 

Youth Reading at Mission Creek Festival 2020
Northwest Junior High Reading at Mission Creek's Lit Crawl
Ages: Junior High
Place: Beadology, Downtown Iowa City
Friday, April 3rd, 5 PM

Iowa Youth Writing Project students from a local junior high school will read their work during Mission Creek Festival's Lit Crawl. Stop by to support local young writers!

Author Helen Phillips
Helen Phillips on Memory & Memoir at Northwest Junior High
Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at 10:15 am

Students will discuss a selection from Joe Brainard's innovative memoir, I Remember, and then try writing some "I remembers" of your own, in a workshop run by National Book Award nominee and Brooklyn College professor Helen Phillips.

Junior High Writing Conference
Ages: Junior High & Middle School
Place: Iowa Memorial Union
Tuesday, April 21st, 9 am - 2 pm

The Sixth Annual Iowa Youth Writing Project Junior High Writing Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 at The University of Iowa. Students will participate in two special workshops on genres of their choice. With over 250 students and 20 instructors, this conference brings together the local writing community to empower, inspire, and engage young writers! 

The IYWP Workshop at Southeast Junior High
Ages: Junior High
Place: Southeast Junior High School
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: April 27th, 29th, 30th at 11:40 am

The Iowa Youth Writing Project's traveling writers' workshop will arrive at Southeast Junior High School for 3 days of awesome writing and workshopping to improve work through reflection. Local writers will volunteer with us. If you're interested in being a volunteer workshop leader email us at iywp@uiowa.edu