Community Writing Center

How you can help

The Community Writing Center educates, motivates and supports all people who aspire to use writing to reach their personal, economic, or social goals. To fulfill this mission we provide learning opportunities to people of all abilities and educational backgrounds, and partner with community and governmental agencies and businesses to empower their clients, staff and volunteers. Our programs offer skill development, creative outlets, practical application and supportive writing environments.

Many of the CWC programs are supported by donations and volunteers. Salt Lake area adults are encouraged to volunteer their time and support the CWC through a financial donation.

Volunteer

Donate

Student Involvement


Volunteer

Many of the off site Community Writing Center programs are supported by volunteers. Salt Lake area adults are encouraged to volunteer their time as a writing coach, a mentor in the DiverseCity Writing Series, or simply in response to monthly “calls for volunteers.” In particular, the CWC is looking for volunteers to help us with our efforts to continue expanding our services.


All volunteers are thoroughly trained to accomplish their goals as they fit with the mission of the CWC. Volunteers will be asked to fill out a Volunteer Application form to determine strengths, interests, training needs and availability.


Call the Community Writing Center at (801) 957-4992 or email the CWC at cwc@slcc.edu for more information about how to become involved.


If you are ready to get involved, fill out our volunteer application (either directly online or by printing it out) and plan to attend our volunteer orientation.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Training

Volunteer Forms

Volunteer F.A.Q.


Volunteer Opportunities

 

Writing Coaches provide writing assistance to community members at several offsite locations throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Volunteers assist writers of all ages and abilities on a range of writing projects.

This volunteer opportunity requires a six-month commitment and one-two hours of coaching per week at an offsite location. For more information about this program, visit the Writing Coaching page.

Four hours of training are provided. Click here for training times and dates.


DiverseCity Writing Series Mentors coordinate open-enrollment writing groups throughout the Salt Lake metropolitan area. Volunteer mentors facilitate group discussion and focus writers through prompts. Mentors assist in the preparation and publication of writers’ submissions to sine cera and attend DiverseCity Writing Series events.

This volunteer opportunity asks for a six-month commitment and four hours of mentoring each month. For more information about this program, visit the DiverseCity Writing Series page.


Need-Based Volunteers respond to volunteer opportunities based on what is going on at Community Writing Center. Opportunities include database entry, preparing mailers, posting flyers, staffing special events, etc. Click here for volunteer training times and dates.


Be Involved: Volunteer Training for Coaching and Mentoring

Train to be a volunteer at the SLCC Community Writing Center! Learn the tools necessary to be an effective writing assistant - as a Writing Coach, Writing Group Mentor or Workshop Facilitator. If you are interested in becoming a CWC Volunteer, please register for one of the workshops above. (Volunteers need to be available for a six-month commitment to the program.)

1-day training will be held on:

October
5 (Sa) 11:00 - 2:30
16 (W) 4:30 - 8:00
November
2 (Sa) 11:00 - 2:30
20 (W) 4:30 - 8:00
December
7 (Sa) 11:00 - 2:30
18 (W) 4:30 - 8:00

(12 Volunteers Maximum per training)
Cost: Free, but registration is required
To register please call: 801-957-2192



Forms for Volunteers

 


Donate

If you would like to support the Community Writing Center, please click here for our online donation site.  Thank you!   


Many of the CWC programs are supported by financial donations. Your donation to the Community Writing Center will help to promote the belief that everyone can write and to support our innovative programs:

Writing Coaching—free one-on-one writing support at locations throughout the Salt Lake metropolitan area.

Writing Workshops—for all writers, from beginning to experienced, on a range of topics.

DiverseCity Writing Series—a valley-wide writing group program, promoting diverse voices through publications and readings.

Writing Partners—collaborations with local organizations, agencies, and businesses.

These people have donated to the Community Writing Center this year. Thank you!

All contributions to the CWC are tax-deductible through the Salt Lake Community College Foundation, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, up to the amount tax laws allow.

For contributions of $25 or more, you will receive a one-year subscription to sine cera, the DiverseCity Writing Series anthology, and a 10% discount on purchases from our community partner, the King’s English Bookshop.

If you would like to support the Community Writing Center, please click here for our online donation site.  Thank you!    

Thank you for your support.


Student Involvement

Utah

Community

Literacy

and

Writing

Consortium

Salt Lake Community College


Westminster   U of U


Mission:


The Utah Community Literacy and Writing Consortium (UCLAWC) supports and develops community literacy and writing opportunities through already established or emerging programs, thus providing mutually-beneficial outcomes for community member and Consortium students, faculty and staff.

Goals:

  • Increase and enhance literacy and writing opportunities for all community members.
  • Increase student involvement in civic engagement, service-learning, and internships.
  • Provide resources and support for student-led community literacy and writing research.

Members:


Current members of the UCLAWC are programs in higher education dedicated to writing and literacy. Current members include:
  • SLCC Community Writing Center
  • SLCC Student Writing Center
  • University of Utah Writing Program
  • University Writing Center (U of U)
  • Westminster College Writing Center
  • Westminster College English-as-a-Second-Language Institute

Students and the UCLAWC


Students attending UCLAWC member institutions can work towards their education, service and research goals in collaboration with programs at the SLCC Community Writing Center (CWC).  The CWC, located on the plaza of Library Square in Salt Lake City, supports, motivates and educates people of all abilities and educational backgrounds who want to use writing for practical needs, civic engagement and personal expression.

 If you are an undergraduate or graduate student at a UCLAWC institution, please email utahwriting@gmail.com or call (801) 957-2192 to learn about service, internship and research opportunities.

Service

Service-learning and civically-engaged students can conduct their service through the following programs in 2010-2011.

One City: WestSide Stories: In a CWC partnership with the SL City Library, students will facilitate dialogues, interviews and writing between teens and seniors on the west-side of Salt Lake City.

Writing for Change Events: Students will coach community members as they write letters to public officials/editors at community writing events in six SL City Libraries.

Writing Coaching/Mentoring: Students can serve as writing coaches and group mentors for community members working on all kinds of writing tasks in local libraries and community centers.

Internship

Students seeking internships at the CWC can add to their professional experience and earn college credit.

English/Rhetoric/Writing: Students will use their writing and research skills to develop programming for the CWC.  Students will gain a keen sense of how writing is used in the community and to make change.    

Communications: Marketing/Public Relations students will engage in meaningful work through promotion of events and programming.   

Community Leadership/Professional Communication: Graduate students will learn administrative, assessment and development skills related to partnership-building and non-profit organizations. .

Research

Students can conduct research in community literacy and writing through CWC programs.  Priority research areas include:

Writing for Change: Students can investigate how community members and groups engage with their worlds and work for change through writing.    

Writing Centers: Students can assess the impact of writing center practices on an individual’s or community’s relationship to writing.

Under-served Populations: Students can explore best practices for developing writing opportunities for communities traditionally under-served by education. 


**Students with research interests not listed above are encouraged to discuss their ideas with UCLAWC members.