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.

Elementary Programs

Lincoln Elementary
Lincoln Elementary Writing Club
Ages: Grades 2-6
Place: Lincoln Elementary, room TBD
2:00-3:00pm Thursdays beginning 2/22/18

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?

Horace Mann Elementary Writing Club
Horace Mann Elementary Writing Club
Ages: Grades 1-6
Place: 521 N. Dodge St.
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm

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.

Johnson Elementary Writing Club
Johnson Elementary Writing Club
Ages: Grades 2-5
Place: 355 18th St SE, Cedar Rapids (carpool provided)
Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45pm

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!

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

This is one of our Spanish-English bilingual sites. More info coming soon!

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!

Junior High Programs

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

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.

South East Achieving Potential Writing Club
South East Achieving Potential Writing Club
Ages: Grade 8
Place: 2501 Bradford Drive (carpool provided)
Wednesdays, 10:15-11:00am

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.

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

John McDonald Residential Treatment Center Writing Club
John McDonald Residential Treatment Center Writing Club
Ages: Ages 13-17
Place: 818 W 1st St, Monticello (carpool provided)
Saturdays, 2-3pm (plus commute)

JMRT 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.

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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, 2-3pm

Like JMRT, 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, 11:30am-12:30pm

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. 

 

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, 4:30-5:30pm

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.

 

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

Each week high school students at West will work along side IYWP staff to lead workshops at Horn Elementary. West High students will 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. This is the IYWP's first organized effort to mentor high school volunteers and we'd love for undergrad/grad/community volunteers (you!) to help them and Horn students along the way!

Jane Boyd Community Center Writing Club
Jane Boyd Community Center Writing Club
Ages: Grades 4-8
Place: 943 14th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids (carpool provided)
Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm

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.