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Writing Across the Civil-Military Divide

Writing Across the Civil-Military Divide is a series of lectures and writing workshops that aim to help veterans’ stories be seen by the American public. Participants, both veterans and civilians, will come together to explore and write literary fiction and memoir related to experiences with the civil-military divide, culminating in a publication of their own writing on the topic.

Ambush Your Experience: Using Innovative Literary Techniques in Veterans Writing.

1-Part Workshop
Wednesday February 27, 7-8:30 pm

Join the CWC for a lecture given by Roy Scranton, author of War Porn and Assistant Professor of English at University of Notre Dame

Location: SLCC South City Campus, Multipurpose Room. 1575 South State St.
Cost: Free. No registration is required.

Learn More About Roy Scranton

Writing Across the Civil-Military Divide: Memoir

2-Part Workshop
Saturdays February 22nd and 29th, 1-3 pm

As human beings, we connect with each other through story. We read and write to help us make sense of our own lives. There is a strong tradition of veterans' stories being shared through memoir. From Robert Graves' WWI memoir Goodbye to All That to Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor, military memoir has worked to help veterans connect, to each other and the public, through story. In this workshop, we'll write and read memoir and other forms of creative non-fiction towards making sense of contemporary military experiences.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8
Cost: Free. registration is required.

Writing Across the Civil-Military Divide: Memoir Workshop

Writing Across the Civil-Military Divide: Artists' Books Lecture

1-Part Workshop
Saturday March 7th, 1-3 pm

From historical, foundational book forms to unexpected, innovative book forms, writers and artists have collaborated to emphasize message. Such a collaboration prompts new consideration of relationships between text, image and form. Form creates a place to combine language with visual elements. Image adds to the understanding of text. Both interact with text to enhance intimacy between writer and reader. Artists' books develop narratives using typography, photographs, postcards, paper scraps, cutting, folding, erasing and other components suggesting history, people, dates, and events, real and imagined. Artists' books emphasize a physical engagement with language.

This presentation by Luise Poulton offers participants a hands-on opportunity to read and discuss war stories that consider form and image as integral parts of storytelling: encouraging problem-solving, enhancing multicultural awareness, inspiring pride in heritage, and employing multiple intelligences with language to convey meaning

Luise Poulton is Managing Curator and Head of the Rare Books Department, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Location: Marriott Library, 295 S. Campus Drive
Cost: Free. No registration is required.

Writing Across the Civil-Military Divide: Fiction

2-Part Workshop

April 15th and 22nd, 6-8 pm

Marine veteran and fiction writer Phil Klay writes that "Believing war is beyond words is an abrogation of responsibility" it lets civilians off the hook from trying to understand, and veterans off the hook from needing to explain. In this workshop, we'll explore how fiction has been used to explain experiences of war (both abroad and at home) and make our own efforts at using fiction to both explain and understand the civil-military divide.

Location: SLCC Redwood Campus, AAB 135. 4600 S Redwood Rd
Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Writing Across the Civil-Military Divide: Fiction

Working to Meet Diverse Community Needs Results in Building a Strong Community

 "Salt Lake Community College’s Community Writing Center, located in Library Square, has been helping writers of all abilities for 17 years. The CWC provides many services to anyone in the community looking for assistance with whatever writing project they are working on, whether that is a new resume, a grant or a short story. Anyone from any walk of life can find writing support within one of the many programs that the CWC sponsors. One demographic in particular, refugees, has found success with those programs."
Read the rest of the article in SLUG Magazine.

fall 2017 newsletter first page

"For this month’s Literary Issue of SLUG Magazine, my Editor sent me on special assignment to learn about slam poetry. Prior to learning of this beloved spoken-word art form, the only slams I was familiar with was slam-dancing, slam dunks, the Grand Slam breakfast combo at Denny’s, and the classic early-’90s hit Slam by the hardcore rap group Onyx, which goes: 'SLAM! Da, duh, duh! Da, duh, duh! LET THE BOYS BE BOYS!' An underrated hit for sure."

 Read the rest of the article in SLUG Magazine.

SLCC's writing program boasts success

SALT LAKE CITY — A few years ago, John Wilkes ended up the last place he expected to be — in a homeless shelter.

“That was just a product of a lot of heavy drinking, losing a job and being told by my partner to get out of his house and I had nowhere to go,” he said.

He was staying at the Road Home shelter when he wandered across the street to a then-new storefront program begun by Salt Lake Community College English associate professor Tiffany Rousculp.

Read the rest of this inspiring story on KSL to see how writing can make a difference in a person’s life.