Salt Lake Teens Write

The Salt Lake Teens Write (SLTW) program groups teen writers with adult mentors who use writing in their daily lives. The writing groups meet twice per month to explore writing and the ways it opens pathways to education and successful careers.

All teens entering grades 6-12 this fall are eligible to participate in this program.

Groups will meet for two hours twice a month and will work together to produce individual portfolios of writing based on each teen’s interest. They will also attend occasional writing workshops with the other groups.

At the end of the year, all the writing groups will come together to collaborate on an anthology publication and public reading to celebrate the different texts they have created during the year.

Locations and Meeting Times for SLTW Writing Groups

  • Anderson-Foothill (6th-8th Graders)
    1st Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. & 3rd Saturdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Glendale (6th-8th Graders)
    1st Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. & 2nd Saturdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Main Library (9th-12th Graders)
    1st Thursdays 4-6 p.m. & 3rd Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • Marmalade (9th-12th Graders)
    1st Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 3rd Tuesdays 4-6 p.m.

Apply to Participate

Priority application deadline is August 17, 2018.

For more information, please email

Participant Experiences

“I enjoy opportunities where I can serve as a positive, supportive influence in the lives of youth. I can recall how great an impact similar experiences had on my navigation through my own teenage years, and I feel building encouraging relationships with a teen is a way for two-way learning, development, and growth. Writing together is fun. There’s a diversity of ideas, interests, and approaches to writing, and I feel that I’m learning so much as well. I didn't’t know that my own desires for writing would be revived. I try to tackle every genre we discuss and am finding that my writing is still as therapeutic as it was when I was in school. Both of us are learning so much, and that’s rewarding. I enjoy seeing Patti’s smile and sense of accomplishment when she completes a piece.”

Robyn Badon (Mentor)

“Having only had a public education setting for my English instruction so far, it sounded like heaven when our teacher told us about an opportunity to get connected with a personal writing mentor! Working with someone one-on-one has been extremely valuable to me. I love being able to bounce ideas and brainstorm with someone. Going over what I’ve written so far has been so helpful. Right now we are working on flash fiction and short stories, and I am focusing on how to create better imagery and engage the reader more fully. I love the freedom of subject I have here! In school our writing is so restricted and regimented; on our own it’s really difficult to find anyone to help you. I feel like this program has really given me the opportunity to grow so much more than I would have otherwise.”

Patti Keene (Mentee)

“My Language Arts teacher told me that I should participate in Salt Lake Teens Write because it will help me become a better writer. I learned a lot in this program so far because I have such a great mentor; I learned how to write a scholarship essay and a resume. So far it is a good experience. Writing together is great because I have developed a lot of cool, awesome tools to be creative. The most rewarding thing about this program is working with my mentor and just having the opportunity to learn new writing skills.”

Abdikadir Eftin (Mentee)

Featured Works from Salt Lake Teens Write

The un-sticky sticky note
By Takara Truong

I thought you were with me
I thought you had stayed
I thought you'd remind me
of the assignments due today
I though we were a team
both combined you and I
To battle against school assignments
and against the due time
I thought I could trust you
but that was a Lie
This is the end.
Sticky Note, Good Bye.

By Alexis Isle

We are human
That's all we are
We wonder around aimlessly
Never really knowing where we are going
Making it up as we go along
Where are we supposed to be?
Who are we supposed to be?
All we do is wonder around in the dark abyss
Every step we take brings us closer to death
Are you ready?
Are you ready to take that step?
Make the move
Jump off the cliff
Ready to feel your hair flying in the wind
So fast it leaves a scratch
Will you be more then human and stop walking in the abyss
Will you be more then human and scream to all the walking that you are more than just another person in the mist
Will you be more than human and stop walking toward your death
Tell death it has to wait
Because you want your life to be great
Tell yourself that if you continue with this endless charade that you will soon walk off the edge
Will You be More Than Human?

View the full Salt Lake Teens Write anthology