Summer 2021 Programming

Elementary-aged and teen writers will work with acclaimed writers, try new things, get inspired, and have fun.

Teen Programs

2021 Junior High Writing Conference
Instructor: TBD
Ages: 11–15
Dates: May 15, 2021 – June 15, 2021
Time: Asynchronous
Place: Online
Cost: Free

Middle school students are invited to sign on to our online portal between May 15, 2021 and June 15, 2021 and engage with material from world-reknowned writers. Working at their own pace, they will watch a series of exciting videos and complete writing exercises. Students will have the opportunity to submit their work for publication to a conference anthology at the close of the month. After participating in the conference, middle-school writers will feel more confident in their creative abilities and inspired to keep expressing themselves through storytelling. Participation is free and open to everyone ages 11–15.

Anne Frank at her writing desk
Anne Frank Sapling Workshop
Instructor: Allison Baumann, Kirsten Kumpf Baele, Meghan Maleri
Ages: 11–15
Dates: June 5, 2021; June 12, 2021; June 19, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT
Place: Online
Cost: Free

Join the Iowa Youth Writing Project for this powerful workshop series, designed to honor a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Thanks to the work of University of Iowa German professor Kirsten Kumpf Baele, the University will receive, in spring 2022, one of a handful of saplings grown from the beloved chestnut tree described in Anne Frank's diary. The IYWP, along with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and students from Dr. Kumpf Baele's Anne Frank class, will be hosting a three-part workshop series for junior high students in which we will welcome the sapling through reflective reading, writing, and discussion. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate! Together, we will contemplate the legacy of Anne Frank, write creative work inspired by her diary, and draw parallels between her struggle and the manifold challenges we face today. Students will also be invited to enter an essay contest whose winner will give a public reading at the planting of the sapling in April 2022.

A teen sitting at a classroom desk writing in a notebook
Summer 2021 Teen Writing Camp
Instructor: TBA
Ages: 13–18
Dates: June 7, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Time: Asynchronous
Place: Online
Cost: Free

Teen students will engage with online creative writing content created just for the IYWP by one of our acclaimed writing instructors (TBA –– check back soon!) In an online environment, teen writers will learn how to hone their craft through a series of fun and engaging videos, writing exercises, and inspirational activities. At the end of camp, teens will feel more confident in their creative writing abilities and will be inspired to keep writing.

This digital camp will take the form of a series of five video modules which will appear on our UI Learn site the week of June 7, 2021. A second five-hour module block with a different theme will be uploaded the week of July 5th. This registration automatically covers both camps. Once posted, videos will remain accessible to registered campers until August 15th. All students must be registered in order to participate. 

Elementary Programs

Boy sitting with notebook and pencil
Summer 2021 Elementary Writing Camp
Instructor: TBA
Ages: 7–12
Dates: June 7, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Time: Asynchronous
Place: Online
Cost: Free

Elementary-school-aged students will engage with online creative writing content created just for the IYWP by one of our acclaimed writing instructors (TBA –– check back soon!) In an online environment, youth writers will learn how to hone their craft through a series of fun and engaging videos, writing exercises, and inspirational activities. At the end of camp, young writers will feel more confident in their creative writing abilities and will be inspired to keep writing.

This digital camp will take the form of a series of five video modules which will appear on our UI Learn site the week of June 7, 2021. A second five-hour module block with a different theme will be uploaded the week of July 5th. This registration automatically covers both camps. Once posted, videos will remain accessible to registered campers until August 15th. All students must be registered in order to participate.