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Student Success

The Magid Center is home to the Certificate in Writing program, available on campus and online. The certificate helps students develop a range of highly prized writing skills, including the ability to write clearly and concisely, correctly use mechanics and style, communicate with particular audiences for specific purposes, and overcome obstacles that occur during the writing process.

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Experiential Learning/Professional Skill Building

Home to many student publications and organizations, the Magid Center provides opportunities for UI students to expand their résumés with rewarding and valuable real-world work experiences. From editing to marketing, and from event planning to budget oversight, working with these publications helps our students grow.

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Outreach and Engagement

Iowa is writing, and writing is for everyone. With the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, the Iowa Young Writers' Studio, and the Iowa Youth Writing Project, the Magid Center provides in-person and online workshops that reach youth and adult learners. These non-credit bearing programs have something for everyone.

News and Announcements

INK Lit Magazine featured in The Daily Iowan

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
The Magid Center's INK Lit Magazine and freshman editor-in-chief Rachel Sorensen were featured this month in The Daily Iowan.

Iowa Writers' Room Course Featured in Iowa Magazine

Thursday, December 21, 2023
The inaugural course in the Iowa Writers' Room program, Adaptation for Television, is profiled in this month's edition of Iowa Magazine.

Writing Certificate Changes Beginning Fall 2023

Monday, August 28, 2023
Important curricular changes are coming to the Writing Certificate for Fall 2023. Read the full article for details on the changes and what actions students need to take.

Upcoming Events

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100-Word Microstory Contest

Thursday, July 25 to Friday, July 26, 2024 (all day)
Mark your calendar for our 100-Word Microstory Contest — a free online writing competition for a variety of age groups. You don’t have to be an Iowa Writers’ Workshop grad — or even have participated in a flash writing contest before — to join in the fun. Just create a story in 100 words or less that uses one of two specific writing prompts. We will announce the writing prompts here on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 9 a.m. CDT.
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Suzanne Scanlon, "Beyond Plot: Using Place, Space, and Architecture in Narrative Design"

Thursday, July 25, 2024 11:00am to 12:00pm
Phillips Hall
Suzanne Scanlon presents the talk "Beyond Plot: Using Place, Space, and Architecture in Narrative Design" for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival's Eleventh Hour Lecture Series. Free and open to the public; all are welcome.
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100-Word Microstory Contest

Friday, July 26, 2024 (all day)
Mark your calendar for our 100-Word Microstory Contest — a free online writing competition for a variety of age groups. You don’t have to be an Iowa Writers’ Workshop grad — or even have participated in a flash writing contest before — to join in the fun. Just create a story in 100 words or less that uses one of two specific writing prompts. We will announce the writing prompts here on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 9 a.m. CDT.
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