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Finding Our Voices, Writing Our Futures: A Workshop for Young Ladies, Ages 8-12

  • Iowa Writers' House 332 East Davenport Street Iowa City, IA, 52245 United States (map)

WHEN: Saturday, October 29- Sunday, October 30, 10:00-3:00 p.m. daily
WHERE: Iowa Writers' House, 332 E Davenport St
FEE: Free! All participants for this workshop will receive a full scholarship courtesy of our friends at ACT who are dedicated to the education and support of our youth. There are twenty spots available for this workshop. 


Finding Your Voice is a two-day workshop for young girls aged 8-12. Our teachers will not only introduce the girls to the many forms of fiction and nonfiction writing but will also help them find their own narrative voice. Through creative exploration in an environment of safe learning and expression, our girls will learn about themselves and about the voice they have inside that is waiting to come out.

Our teachers will introduce the girls to the many forms of writing. Within fiction, we’ll look at the short story and flash fiction, discussing how those differ in content from a full-length novel. In nonfiction, we’ll look at the essay versus the memoir. Within the poetry form, we’ll see how verse is used in many styles and stanzas. The girls will then have a chance to choose which forms to work with, develop a piece of their own, and work within the group to critique, edit, and finalize their mini-masterpiece.


Andrea Wilson is the Founder and Director of the Iowa Writers' House. She will guide the young women through the workshop experience, helping them cultivate their unique interests, discover their passions, and learn how to express themselves.

Dr. Allison Poss is the Co-Founder and CEO of Girls With Ideas, an innovative new program for helping young women develop strength of voice and the skills to identify and pursue their visions. She will open the program by emphasizing voice and how the girls' perspectives are important, unique, and the basis for great stories that the world needs to hear.

Rachel Yoder has both an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa and in fiction from the University of Arizona. She is the editor of draft: The Journal of Process and the voice behind The Fail Safe podcast. She will use her expertise in nonfiction to show the avenues these forms can take and ways the girls can create change-making tales.

Mallory Hellman is the Director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work is dedicated to helping the youth of today embrace writing and develop their skills. She’ll demonstrate a fictional world of endless possibilities and how the girls' voices can be emboldened by that freedom.

Sarah McGuirk holds her MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Currently, she acts as the Iowa Youth Writing Project Fellow at the University of Iowa, teaching requisite courses for the Writing Certificate at the Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. She also serves as the poetry coordinator for Tate High School and is active in the Student Video Production team. Sara is currently finishing her first poetry collection as well as a feature-length Sci-fi screenplay.


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Earlier Event: October 26
Scarlet Room Write-In