Special Events 2020
High School / Teen Programs
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.