Writing Workshops

We offer a range of writing workshops here at the Community Writing Center where you can explore a variety of writing topics in theme-based classes. Past workshops include Letters to the Editor, Poetry, Memoir, Editing Tips, College Application Essays, Journaling and Creative Writing. Workshops are created in response to community requests and are taught by our talented Writing Assistants. If there's a workshop you'd like us to offer in the future, please let us know by emailing us at cwc@slcc.edu.

Most workshops take place at the Community Writing Center. We try to keep the cost of workshops as low as possible, and are able to offer some for free through partnerships and grant funding. Fees can be waived for financial hardship. Otherwise, donations are always welcome. Due to limited space, it is necessary to register in advance if you plan to attend a workshop. Registration will close one hour prior to the scheduled event. Registrants who choose not to attend may call to cancel up to one week prior to the workshop; after this time payments are non-refundable.

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Note: If you have any issues or problems registering online for one of our workshops, please contact us at 801-957-2192 or cwc@slcc.edu for assistance.


summer 2022 WORKSHOPS

Food Memoirs

1-part workshop

Thursday May 26, 6-8 pm

Much like other cultural hallmarks, food is often central to human connection. Creating and sharing recipes can be an important part of social gatherings, friend and family traditions, and daily routines. Many traditions around the world revolve around sharing meals with our families and our communities. From recipes to travel writing, join us in exploring different genres of and techniques for writing about food!

Cost: $15 Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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2 Spirit Pow Wow: Spoken-word Writing Workshop

2-part workshop

Wednesdays: June 8 & 15, 7-8 pm

In honor and celebration of the Two Spirit Powwow, the CWC and SWRC are hosting a spoken-word writing workshop series. For Part 1 on June 8th, we will explore narrative poetry and flash memoir writing centered on LGBTQIA2S+ experiences intended to be performed in front of an audience. The workshop will focus on using narrative elements such as characterization, setting, point-of-view, imagery, rhyme, and rhythm to tell stories about history, identity, culture, and community. 

Part 2 on June 15th will take the form of a "Two Spirit Open Mic Night." Participants from Part 1 of the workshop series and other members of the community are invited to share their spoken-word poetry and memoirs live at the CWC. Light refreshments will be provided. 

NOTE: this workshop series was created in collaboration with the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, Salt Lake Community College, and the SLCC Gender and Sexuality Student Resource Center.  

Cost: Free. Registration required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Playwriting

2-part workshop

Saturdays June 11 & 18, 2-4 pm  

Plays are writing that has come to life. For this 2-part workshop series, the CWC has invited playwright, theater educator, and accomplished director, Josh Patterson, to lead us in the discovery of how to overcome writer’s block and generate unique ideas. Join us to unearth how plays function in the realm of creative writing, the intricacies of writing for multiple voices, how to approach editing and rewriting, and what steps to take to get your play from script to stage. Co-facilitated by other published playwrights.

Cost: $30. Registration is required.

Location: Hybrid: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8 and Zoom. Access details will be sent before workshop starting date.

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Travel Writing

1-part workshop

Thursday July 7, 6 pm-8 pm  

Adventure awaits! Join us on a journey exploring the elements and types of travel writing. During this workshop, we will work together to craft engaging pieces of writing about our adventures, both close to home and far-flung. All types of adventurers and writers are welcome.

Cost: $15. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Writing for Change: Personal Narratives

1-part workshop

Saturday July 16, 1-3 pm

Personal narratives offer us a way to reflect on the events that have shaped us and made us who we are today. Sharing our stories allows us to hear from one another, and to see things from different perspectives. Telling our true histories through our lived experiences is a way for us to use the power of our voices to bring awareness to one another, to create visibility and offer representation in the world. Writing is used to shape cultural identities, open minds, and create social action.  Your voice matters, your experiences matter. Join the CWC to explore how telling your story can be used as a tool for change.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Science and Nature Writing

1-part workshop

Saturday July 30, 1-3 pm

For centuries humans have cordoned off nature as something separate from humanity. Humans are not separate from nature—we are merely a small and impactful part of it. Quite a lot of “nature writing” has treated nature as a place of escape, adventure, meditation, healing, unpredictable threat, and mystery. Nature writing, at its core, is about human beings grappling with their obligations to the environment, other human beings, and non-human species with whom we share this “pale blue dot,” as Carl Sagan described Earth. In this workshop, participants will explore the possibilities of writing about nature by taking up the concepts of interdependence, biocentrism, ecojustice, and much more. Participants will also learn how to combine the elements of creative nonfiction and science writing to bring their own experiences as part of the natural world to life.  

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Journaling for Mental Health

1-part workshop

Saturday August 6, 1 pm-3 pm         

Mental health challenges can often arise in response to a person’s life circumstances and the environment. This workshop will examine the context for mental health challenges and present scientifically-verified coping strategies that can help build resilience through creativity, connection, and guided journaling. Rather than relying on the formulaic, one-size fits all template journals, this workshop will result in a collage journal that reflects the uniqueness of each individual at the same time as providing a structure to help shape a narrative around your personal mental health experiences. 

Cost: $10. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Finding Home Through Writing

1-part workshop

Thursday August 11, 6-8 pm

Everyone has a different definition for home, family, beauty, intimacy, etc., and, as we say at the CWC, everybody writes. Join us as we explore the influence of place and location on our writing, and examine how to breathe life into the neighborhoods and regions we live in and visit; venues that bear important memories; and the literal and figurative journeys we take to find home.

Cost: $15. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Web Content and Design

1-part workshop

Tuesday August 16, 6-8 pm  

Build a website for your business, portfolio, blog, or personal project without coding! In this workshop, we will cover different options for web design software, such as Wix and Squarespace, the pros and cons of each, and how to pick the one that is right for you. We will also discuss choosing the correct template for your business, creating an appealing design and layout, making your site e-commerce enabled, and how to make your website discoverable through search engine optimization. 

Cost: $10. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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