Advance a Young Writer
Do you believe that more young writers from low-income and underserved communities should have the opportunity to attend the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, the University of Iowa’s summer, residential creative writing program for high school students? Do you believe these students should have access to the full experience of our courses and community without the prohibitive factor of cost?
We do, but we need your help! Young writers from underserved communities need to be brought into environments more conducive to creative expression and encouraged to write freely about their experiences; taught to express themselves in their writing with more clarity and power; and heard by larger audiences. With this campaign, we hope to raise $6,000 for tuition and travel expenses, which will allow two students to attend the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio residential program in the summer of 2018. We believe this is an attainable goal, and one we can meet with small donations from writers and supporters of writing like you. If you donate, you’ll advance an ambitious and deserving student on a path toward becoming a better writer and prepared adult. You’ll also be making an important investment in our literary future. (Please note that we are forgoing donor incentives at the various giving levels to ensure that every dollar goes directly to help a student attend our program).
The Iowa Young Writers' Studio is a 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 offers a summer residential program as well as online classes. The 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, a UNESCO City of Literature, with teachers and counselors from the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Students 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.
We're grateful to Jill Tobin for producing our video, and to the former students and staff of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio who contributed testimonials.
NOTICE: The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization soliciting tax-deductible private contributions for the benefit of the University of Iowa. Please visit the UI Center for Advancement disclosures site for additional information.