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.


Fall 2019 Workshops

Scholarship and Admissions Essays

1-Part Workshop
August 24 (Saturday), 2-4 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: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Advanced Creative Writing: Creating Believable Settings

2-Part Workshop
September 4 & 11 (Wednesday), 6-8 pm

Creative writing is hard. We’re here to help. One of the most challenging aspects of any prose, fiction or non-fiction, is creating settings that are believable and suspend readers’ disbelief. Settings can make or break a story. We’ve all read or watched something where the setting feels unbelievable or inconsistent. Join us to explore realistic and believable settings, world-building, and how we can create them within our own writing.

Cost: $20. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Grant Writing Basics

5-Part Workshop
September 6, 13, 20, 27, & October 4 (Friday), 10 am-12 pm

Do you need money for your project or nonprofit program but don’t know where to start? Join the Community Writing Center for an interactive workshop on the basics of grant writing.

Cost: $100. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Experimenting with Hybrid Writing

7-Part Workshop
September 7, 14, 21, 28 & October 5, 12 & 19 (Saturday), 1-3:30 pm

In this 7- week workshop we will explore textual experimentation and hybridity by looking at different literary and art forms, such as the prose poem, flash fiction, short form non-fiction, the lyric essay, folk tale, recipe, collage, and song lyrics, among others. You will familiarize yourself and experiment with these forms in your own writing and learn how combining or changing genres can bring your story to life. This is a generative workshop which will provide in-class writing exercises, allow you to produce new writing in a safe environment through guided exercises and prompts, and give you an opportunity to present your new work to the community during the final class session. Open to all levels (18+). Give yourself permission to be unapologetically creative and expect to be pushed beyond your comfort zone (in a good way).

Taught by Guest Writer Masha Shukovich.

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

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Interactive Fiction

2-Part Workshop
September 17 & 24 (Tuesday), 6-8 pm

Interactive stories involve the reader at a deeper, more collaborative level than traditional storytelling can. From choose-your-own-adventure books to modern, story-based video games, join us to learn about what makes a good interactive story. We’ll discuss the endless possibilities and opportunities that interactive stories present and set you up with the tools and skills to write your own.

Cost: $20. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Impossible Worlds: Fantasy Writing

3-Part Workshop
October 1, 8, & 15 (Tuesday), 6-8 pm

From the Hobbit to Harry Potter, fantastical fiction has long captivated our imaginations. Join the CWC as we explore the magical worlds of Fantasy literature.

Cost: $20. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Monsters & Ghostlands: Horror Writing

2-Part Workshop
October 16 & 23 (Wednesday), 6-8 pm

Horror stories show us what we fear. This is why the best horror stories often offer up scares and terror while at the same time bringing to light anxieties, fears, and desires from across the human experience. In this workshop, you'll explore and try out the basics of horror writing.

Cost: $20. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Calaveritas literarias

Martes, 22 de octubre, 6-8 pm

Trabajaremos en collectivo armando y escribiendo rimas, recordando a nuestros muertitos y a los vivos también.

Costo: Gratuito. Registro obligatorio.
Dirección: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

Calaveritas literarias


NaNoWriMo ’19

5-Part Workshop
October 26, November 2, 9, 16, & 23 (Saturday), 1-3 pm

November is National Novel Writing Month! Join us for this fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. We’ll explore techniques for writing 50,000 words in 30 days and attempt to end the month with a rough draft. Don’t worry about mistakes; that’s part of the process. Coaching sessions will also be available throughout the month.

Cost: $40. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Writing for Change: Creative Non-Fiction

2-Part Workshop
October 29 & November 5 (Tuesday), 6-8 pm

Creative nonfiction (memoirs, profiles, lyric essays, and more) has been used throughout history to shape cultural identities, open minds, encourage social action, and offer insider views into injustice and activism. Memoirs and other forms of creative nonfiction have the power to take readers inside your experiences to learn about and empathize with the histories, triumphs, struggles, and desires that shape the collective human experience via a personal, intimate lens. We'll learn about and try out a few forms of creative nonfiction to discover how the personal is political.

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

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Revision Toolbox

2-Part Workshop
December 3 & 10 (Tuesday), 6-8 pm

“Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.”—Raymond Chandler Writing can be a messy process. Bring a piece of writing that is ready for some revising and join us in this workshop to learn tools and techniques for cleaning up any type of writing.

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

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