Since its inception in the fall of 2021, the Ames Writers Collective has provided outreach writing programs to individuals living the cancer journey, adolescents and Over 50+ writers. For writers wishing to write in community, the Ames Writers Collective offers Tuesday Open Writes.
Programming also includes partnerships with the Octagon Art Gallery and Iowa State University Museums, Words Meet Art, where writers use art as writing prompts and read their stories or poems publicly. The Author Spotlight series co-hosted with KHOI Community Radio features local and visiting authors. And, the pop-up Swift Literary Festival features local and regional authors and their books at the annual Octagon Art Festival, and the Swift Youth Writers group and workshops held in-person at the Ames Public Library are designed to nurture creative writing among teens.