Iowa Young Writers’ Studio

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The Iowa Young Writers' Studio is a summer, residential creative writing program for high school students at The University of Iowa, housed in The Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. The Iowa Young Writers’ Studio was formed in 1999 to give promising high school-age creative writers the opportunity to spend two weeks studying writing at The University of Iowa, in the thriving literary community of Iowa City, with teachers and counselors from the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The Studio receives applications from all over the United States and abroad, and accepts 132 students per summer.

gesticulating a thoughtStudents at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio share their writing with teachers and peers, receive constructive critique, participate in writing exercises and activities, and attend readings and literary events. The Studio operates under the philosophy that the study of creative writing is essential not only to students who want to pursue writing as a career but to any student hoping to function effectively in a writing-centric world, and to any adolescent who seeks to understand his or her identity and experience. The Studio encourages students to explore different genres and approaches, and to express themselves freely, without censorship. Students are taught to be generous, respectful critics. The Studio prepares young writers, without discouraging them, for the obstacles they’re likely to face if they pursue the writing life, and helps them plan for their writing education in college and beyond. The Studio’s core purpose, bringing adolescent writers together to share their work and develop their craft, contributes to the larger goal of enfolding these students, many of whom don’t have access to creative writing resources, into the larger community of writers.

on the ped mallThe Iowa Young Writers’ Studio is committed to attracting and funding minority applicants from low-income and underserved communities, particularly in the urban United States. The Studio strives to encourage friendships and promote understanding among students from historically disconnected communities. To this end we partner with a number of organizations including The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers (New York), Writers in Baltimore Schools, Evanston Scholars, and the National Society of Arts and Letters (Charlottesville).

The Iowa Young Writers’ Studio is also committed to enlarging its high school audience with local outreach and online distance courses, with the particular aim of making the program’s resources available to students across Iowa and beyond.

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