In addition to the academic, creative, and professional skill-building opportunities we offer to undergraduates, the Magid Center is committed to serving wide-ranging local and national youth populations by overseeing two incredible organizations: the Iowa Youth Writing Project and the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio.
The Iowa Youth Writing Project (IYWP) is a dynamic, volunteer-powered nonprofit that provides writing, tutoring, creative learning, and publishing opportunities (at no cost to participants) to K-12 youth across the state of Iowa. With the help of its passionate volunteer base (predominately consisting of UI students and faculty), the IYWP brings unique literacy and language arts programs to some of the state’s most at-risk youth via after-school/in-school support and mentorship, as well as a diverse range of extracurricular writing workshops (creative, academic, and interdisciplinary).
The Iowa Young Writers’ Studio (IYWS) is a selective residential creative writing program for high school students. Students accepted into the program live on the University of Iowa campus for two weeks during the summer and enroll in writing classes taught by graduates of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Nonfiction Writing Program. IYWS participants engage with visiting authors, are given valuable feedback on their own writing, and create lasting friendships and memories that catapult them into their future lives as writers.