Spring 2019 Weekly Programs

 IYWP volunteers work in teams to provide sustained one-on-one attention to students in weekly writing workshops.
IYWP volunteers work in teams to provide sustained one-on-one attention to students in weekly writing workshops.

Check back in August for updated listings of fall 2019 weekly sites!

Elementary Programs

Horn Elementary/ West High WAC Writing Club
Horn Elementary Writing Club
Ages: High school students teaching elementary school students
Place: 600 Koser Ave (carpool provided)
Mondays, 4:30-5:30 pm

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 Lisa Roberts, lisa-roberts-1@uiowa.edu.

Jane Boyd Community Center Writing Club
Jane Boyd Community Center Writing Club
Ages: Grades 4-6
Place: 943 14th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids (carpool provided)
Mondays, 4:30-5:30 pm

Jane Boyd is a structured, drop-in afterschool program for students of all ages. Our writing group at Jane Boyd focuses on older elementary and junior high students, many of whom have worked with the IYWP before.

Hills Elementary Writing Club
Ages: Grades 2-6
Place: 301 Main St, Hills, Iowa (carpool provided)
Mondays, 3:30-5:30 pm

This is one of our Spanish-English bilingual sites, in partnership with the Spanish Creative Literacy Project.

Site suspended for Spring 2019. Check back for updates.

Horace Mann Elementary Writing Club
Horace Mann Elementary Writing Club
Ages: Grades 1-6
Place: 1355 Barrington Road
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm

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. For the 2018-19 school year, Mann Writing Club will be meeting at the school's temporary new site during renovations, 1355 Barrington Road, Iowa City.   

Johnson Elementary Writing Club
Johnson Elementary Writing Club
Ages: Grades 2-5
Place: 355 18th St SE, Cedar Rapids (carpool provided)
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm

Johnson is a STEAM Academy, so our sessions take place in a super-cool multipurpose lab. Students in the after-school program often have parents who work very late, so they’re grateful for our attention!

Lincoln Elementary
Lincoln Elementary Writing Club
Ages: Grades 3-6
Place: New site to be announced soon
Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 pm, starting 2/7/19

Hey, Lincoln Lions! Do you love to make up stories and poems? Is playing with words one of your favorite games? Then Writing Club is for you! In this new club, you’ll invent new worlds and wonder at the one we already inhabit, all through the power of writing. As a special feature, you’ll get to make your very own books with printer and book artist Shari DeGraw. Can you come join the club?

Exterior of Lucas Elementary with trees in fall
Lucas Elementary
Ages: 2-6
Place: 830 Southlawn Drive
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm

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! 

Longfellow Writing Club
Longfellow Elementary Writing Club
Ages: K-6
Place: For 2017-18 only, Longfellow Elementary students will be meeting at the new Hoover Elementary: 1355 Barrington Rd, Iowa City (carpool provided)
Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 pm

Longfellow Elementary School has a collection of about 10-15 high-energy students in grades K-6 who attend IYWP’s Writing Club each week. These kids have all chosen this activity over some other pretty awesome-sounding alternatives, so they're committed to writing and having fun. They can be highly motivated by candy (Starbursts work well!), and they especially love to write/act in plays. There is a large age range, so plan on activities taking a bit longer than expected to accommodate for all the different reading and writing levels. 

For 2017-18 only, Longfellow Elementary students will be meeting at the new Hoover Elementary: 1355 Barrington Rd, Iowa City.

Shelter House Writing Club
Shelter House Writing Club
Ages: Early childhood - Grade 2
Place: 429 Southgate Ave (carpool provided)
Mondays, 6:00-7:00 pm

Because Shelter House provides families with temporary lodging, students join our writing club for 1-8 weeks at a time. We connect with kids at the end of their day, so fast-paced and engaging exercises work best with this energetic group. Kids here love prompts related to drawing, games, and oral storytelling!

Site suspended for Spring 2019. Check back for updates.

 

Junior High Programs

South East Achieving Potential Writing Club
South East Achieving Potential Writing Club
Ages: Grade 8
Place: 2501 Bradford Drive (carpool provided)
Wednesdays, 1:13-1:43 pm

Achieving Potential gathers a group of high-achieving, “high-risk” students. Most of these students come from very low-income backgrounds, are immigrants or first-generation Americans, and/or cope with other risk factors for dropping out. Sessions focus on development of voice and personal expression.

Outside of Northwest Junior High, with two flowering trees.
Northwest Writing Club
Ages: 7-8
Place: 1507 8th St, Coralville
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm

The students at Northwest Writing Club are already writers - they’ve chosen to be there and they can take any prompt and make it work for them (we’ve had at least one novel started already!). These writers are full of ideas and creative energy, thrive when working in groups, and love the chance to share their stories aloud. To top it all off, there’s a fantastic community in the classroom - a real writing instinct to seize on the strange and fun and fantastic and make it into something entirely new. 

Northwest Achieving Potential Writing Club
Northwest Achieving Potential Writing Club
Ages: Grade 8
Place: 1507 8th St, Coralville (carpool provided)
Fridays, 10:15-11:00 am

Achieving Potential gathers a group of high-achieving, “high-risk” students. Most of these students come from very low-income backgrounds, are immigrants or first-generation Americans, and/or cope with other risk factors for dropping out. Sessions focus on development of voice and personal expression.

Site suspended for Spring 2019. Check back for updates.

 

South East Writing Club
South East Writing Club
Ages: Grades 7-8
Place: 2501 Bradford Drive (carpool provided)
Fridays, 1:58-2:28 pm

The South East Junior High Writing Club is simply brimming with talent. The club meets during students’ enrichment period, which means that everyone is there because they want to be; prepare for a driven, enthusiastic, and literarily inclined bunch!

High School / Teen Programs

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North Village Residential Treatment Center Writing Club
Ages: Ages 13-17
Place: 5400 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids (carpool provided)
Saturdays, time to be announced

North Village is a safe haven for young people who have suffered abuse, neglect, or mistreatment. It is also a transitional space for adjudicated adolescents. Students in the “writers’ workshop” often prefer to focus on personal narrative and socially engaged, real-life stories.

Tate Poetry Club
Tate Poetry Club
Ages: Grades 9-12
Place: 1528 Mall Drive (carpool provided)
Fridays, 11:48 am-12:50 pm

Tate is an alternative high school, meaning that it provides shorter periods, career counseling, and special guidance for students living complicated lives. Students in Poetry Club elect to spend their lunch hour writing and discussing poetry. Be prepared for some brilliance: these students are expressive, emotionally intelligent, and fierce. 

 

Student performs her poetry on stage.
West High Spoken Word Club
Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 pm

This is the IYWP's first-ever spoken word club! Led by local spoken word artist Caleb Rainey, 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!

Students sit on the ground displaying their journals from Freedom Words.
Freedom Words
Ages: 16-20
Place: Transition Services Center, 1700 1st Avenue, Suite 15
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 am, starting 2/5/19

This is the IYWP's first-ever club geared specifically toward students with diabilities! Teens and young adults with cognitive or physical disabilities may join. Writing centers around disability and identity, but students explore other topics, too!

Mixed Age Programs

Cedar Valley Townhomes Writing Club
Cedar Valley Townhomes Writing Club
Ages: Grades 5-8
Place: 3000 J St SW, Cedar Rapids (carpool provided)
Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm

Cedar Valley Townhomes provide housing and career counseling/casework to some of Cedar Rapdids’s lowest-income families. Our writing group consists of a tight-knit group of students interested in spending their after-school time focused on the written word.

Site suspended for Spring 2019. Check back for updates.