Special Events 2020

The IYWP is dedicated to the health and well-being of our community. Thus, our special events have gone digital, are pending, or canceled as we monitor the COVID-19 CDC reports, public school updates, and The University of Iowa's announcements.

For information about our Summer 2020 programming, please consult the "Summer Camps" tab on the left.

The University of Iowa has issued a special events announcement on COVID-19: read here.

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!

IYWP
Spring Volunteer Appreciation Party & Graduation - LIVE! ONLINE
Ages: High School and Undergraduates
Place: Get Fresh Cafe
April 29th, 6 PM - 7 PM

This event is pending COVID-19 CDC updates and University health updates because the IYWP is dedicated to the health and well-being of our community and The University of Iowa has issued a special events announcement on COVID-19, read here. The Iowa Youth Writing Project is so grateful for its undergraduate, high school, and community volunteers! We'll celebrate them LIVE! online this year (next year, health-situation permitting: at a local business that is also doing great things for our community). 

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 - CANCELED
Ages: Junior High
Place: Beadology, Downtown Iowa City
Friday, April 3rd, 5 PM

CANCELED due to Mission Creek Festival's cancelation and The University of Iowa's special events announcement on COVID-19, read here. IYWP is dedicated to the health and well-being of our community. 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 - CANCELED
CANCELED - Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at 10:15 am

CANCELED due to Mission Creek Festival's cancelation and The University of Iowa's special events announcement on COVID-19, read here. 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.

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

IYWP is dedicated to the health and well-being of our community. Therefore, our conference is now entirely digital this year as long as our schools are in session. Also, The University of Iowa has issued a special events announcement on COVID-19, read here. 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!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! 

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

This event is pending COVID-19 CDC updates and University health updates because the IYWP is dedicated to the health and well-being of our community and The University of Iowa has issued a special events announcement on COVID-19, read here.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