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 2020 Workshops

Writing Through Stress

1-Part Workshop
Thursday, May 28, 2-3 p.m

Writing about challenging events in our lives can be a great way to reduce stress levels and to work through turbulent thoughts and feelings. Join us in learning ways to use writing to help manage stressors in your life.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: WebEx; access details will be sent at registration

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Getting Started with Creative Writing

2-part workshop
Tuesdays, June 2 & 9, 6-7 pm

Getting started on a creative writing project may not be the hardest step in the process, but it is the step that has killed many stories before they were told. Don't let that happen to your story. Come to this workshop with your story idea and let us help you take the first step. We'll provide generative writing prompts to get you started and then we'll help you refine what you come up with into something you're ready to share.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: WebEx; access details will be sent at registration

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Screenwriting (with Guest Facilitator Tami Anderson)

2-part workshop
Saturdays June 13 & 20, 12 pm-3 pm

The first step to writing a screenplay is developing a compelling cinematic idea. Join the CWC and screenwriter Tami Anderson to explore the world of visual storytelling. Topics covered will include character development, screenplay format and story structure. All levels welcome.
This workshop will be facilitated by guest Tami Anderson.

Free. Registration is required.
Location: WebEx; access details will be sent at registration.

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Resume and Cover Letter Writing

1-part workshop
Tuesday, June 16, 3-4 p.m.

Whether this is your first time writing a resume or you already have one that needs tweaking, this workshop can help. And what's a resume without a cover letter that'll make you stand out? Come learn the purpose, structure and tools to craft a well-organized resume and cover letter.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: WebEx; access details will be sent at registration

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Writing Across the Civil-Military Divide: Fiction

2-Part Workshop
Mondays, June 22 & 29, 6-7 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.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: WebEx; access details will be sent at registration

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Writing for Change: Flash Fiction

1-part workshop
Tuesday, July 7, 7-8 pm

Flash Fiction's incredibly fast storytelling blends narrative depth with poetic imagery in 1,500 words or less. Quite a lot of flash fiction writing delivers deep cultural, personal, and political meanings. We'll learn to distill imagery, characterization, theme, point of view, and tone into just a few pages or paragraphs to craft very, very short stories with important messages about the human condition.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: WebEx; access details will be sent at registration

Writing for Change: Flash Fiction


Scholarship & Application Essays

1-part workshop
Saturday, July 18, 1-2 pm

A great personal essay can be what gets you that scholarship or gets you into your best college. Join us while we workshop personal essays. You will learn insider tricks and get tips and feedback on your own essay.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: WebEx; access details will be sent at registration

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Speculative Fiction

2-part workshop
Saturdays, August 1 & 8, 1-2 pm

What is speculative fiction? It's a narrative answer to a "what if?" question. What if aliens from mars invaded (War of the Worlds), what if you found a portal to another world (Chronicles of Narnia), what if Napoleon's army had an air force made up of dragons (His Majesty's Dragon)? Join the CWC as we explore the power of this popular genre.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: WebEx; access details will be sent at registration

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Recording Personal Narratives for Audio

2-Part Workshop
Thursdays, August 13 & 20, 6-7 pm

Personal narratives are true stories from our lives which tell of experiences that have had lasting impacts on the ways in which we relate to the world around us. They are free form, often poetic, and meant to empower writers to express and reflect on their experiences. Session one of this workshop will focus on understanding and writing personal narratives, while session two will explore effective use of voice to translate your story into an audio recording. Join us for a fun, in depth dive into writing freely about our lives!

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: WebEx; access details will be sent at registration

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Food Memoirs

1-part workshop
Saturday, August 15, 1-2 pm

Food is an important part of our social gatherings and our daily routines. Many traditions revolve around sharing meals with our families and our communities. From recipes to travel writing, join us in exploring different genres and techniques of writing about food!

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: WebEx; access details will be sent at registration

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