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Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing

The Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing offers students at the University of Iowa the unique opportunity to enhance their academic, creative, and professional communication skills by focusing on the written word. Contact us to learn more!

Home to the Undergraduate Certificate in Writing, the Iowa Youth Writing Project, the Iowa Young Writers' Studio, Ink Lit Mag, and earthwords, the Magid Center’s goal is to provide support and guidance to young writers looking to expand their knowledge and experience as creators, editors, readers, teachers, and active citizens regardless of their academic background or area of study.


  • Amy's class

    Students hone their writing skills in workshop-based classes offered by the Magid Center and other departments across campus

  • Ink Lit Mag and earthwords

    Students gain publishing experience and present their work publicly through involvement with Ink Lit Mag and earthwords.

  • Denis Johnson at University of Iowa

    Students engage with renowned visiting writers through the Magid Center's annual Writer-in-Residence program. Pictured above, 2014 Writer-in-Residence Denis Johnson meets with undergraduates for a Q&A.

  • IYWP

    Students can volunteer or intern with the Iowa Youth Writing Project to bring free literacy workshops to K-12 children at schools and community centers across Iowa.