IYWP is a nonprofit outreach collective founded by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City's unique literary heritage with Iowa's larger community by empowering, inspiring and educating Iowa's youth through language arts and creative thinking.
IYWP provides one-of-a-kind writing, publishing and creating learning opportunities to Iowa's children and teens. To ensure that all young people can participate, the IYWP provides programs at little or no cost, thanks to the time, energy and creativity of IYWP volunteers, partnerships with local organizations and institutions and the generosity of community members.
In July 2012, the Frank N. Magid Undergraduate Writing Center in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences was granted a Better Futures for Iowans award, launching a pilot partnership with IYWP, which will secure, expand, deepen and build on the IYWP's ongoing outreach efforts. The initiative, supported by the Office of the Provost, brings the UI and the larger community together to work toward common goals of social good and better futures for all Iowa youth.
- Foster imagination and the art of creative writing and communication for children and teens
- Provide free opportunities for project-based literary and interdisciplinary learning
- Inspire children and tens with a lifelong appreciation of the writing arts
- Create events, workshops and other avenues for children and teens to work with nationally recognized and professional writers
- Provide after-school and in-school support for teachers and students
- Serve as a resource for student writing and publishing
- Empower youth through language, literature and creative thinking