Artists of the written word face off in a 24-hour writing competition. Adult and Youth writers can participate in one of three categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry) or can take on the Ultra Iron Pen challenge and write in all three! Writers of all genres and experience levels can register for the marathon beginning on May 1, 2015 at the SLCC Community Writing Center (located at Library Square) or at www.slcc.edu/cwc. After receiving the visual prompt on Friday, June 26th at 5:00pm, writers will have exactly one day to write. Submissions are due Saturday, June 27th at 5:00pm. Visit www.slcc.edu/cwc for more details or call 801.957.2192.
Community Writing Center Events at Utah Arts Festival
Join the SLCC Community Writing Center and the Utah Arts Festival for four days packed with fun writing activities for all. From workshops for kids and adults, to the Wasatch Iron Pen competition and world-renowned storytellers, there’s something for everyone.
Have Your Say!: Gigantic Magnetic Poetry Walls
Everyone can be a poet, especially with gigantic magnetic words! Come and share your words at the CWC’s magnetic poetry walls.
Utah Race Card Project: Write Your Six Word Sentence
Think about the words race, ethniCity, and cultural identity. Distill your thoughts, experiences or observations about race into one sentence of only six words. Add that sentence to the Race Card Wall, and participate in an open civic dialogue.
Wasatch Iron Pen Literary Marathon and Ultra Marathon
Artists of the written word face off in a 24-hour writing competition. Adult and Youth writers can participate in one of three categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry) or can take on the Ultra Iron Pen challenge and write in all three! Writers of all genres and experience levels can register for the marathon beginning on May 1, 2014 at the SLCC Community Writing Center (located at Library Square) or at www.slcc.edu/cwc. After receiving the visual prompt on Friday, June 27th at 6:00pm, writers will have exactly one day to write. Submissions due Saturday, June 28th at 6:00pm. Visit www.slcc.edu/cwc for more details or call 801.957.2192
Join the SLCC Community Writing Center as we celebrate the writers of the DiverseCity Writing Series. Come hear members of your community share their thoughts, ideas and stories at this public reading. Cost: Free No registration required.
4th Floor Conference Room at the Main Library, 210 E. 400 S.
Think about the word race. Distill your thoughts, experiences or observations about race into one sentence that has only six words.
SLCC Community Writing Center, 210 E. 400 S., Library Square
SLCC Student Writing Center and Thayne Center for Service Learning, 4600 S. Redwood Rd. and 1575 S. State St.
Use your six-word sentence to inspire six-hundred words (or more) as a poem, an essay or a story to be included in a published anthology. Submit to the SLCC Community Writing Center by February 15, 2014: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Michele Norris at the Grand Theatre (1575 S. State), February 11, from 7-9 p.m. For more info about Michele Norris and the Race Card Project click here
- "Let's Talk About Race" A college-wide Conversation on Race with Frankie Condon. February 27, 2014 2:30-4:00 p.m. Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Oak Room 4600 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville, Utah. For more information click here
- Race Card Exhibit, Salt Lake City Public Library (210 E. 400 S.), February 1-28, 2014
- “Talk With Me, Not About Me”, Panel and Community Discussion at Salt Lake Community College, Multipurpose Room, (1575 S. State), March 25, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.
- Writing and Social Justice Conference, "The Dream Revisited" Wed. April 23, 2014 from 2:00-7:00pm.
- Community Reading, Race: Perspectives Anthology, Wed. April 23, 2014 at the Salt Lake Main Public Library (210 E. 400 S.) from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- For more information, contact the SLCC CWC at 801.957.2192 or visit www.slcc.edu/cwc
To see upcoming workshops click here
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2013 Wasatch Ironpen Literary Marathon
During the the 2013 Utah Arts Festival, the SLCC Community Writing Center hosted the Wasatch Ironpen Literary Marathon. Provided with a visual prompt (a picture of a sego lily), contestants were given 24 hours to create a poem, short story or essay.
For more information about the Utah Arts Festival, visit the festival website at www.uaf.org.
Here are this year's winners. Congratulations!
1st Place Ultra Iron Pen —Adult
Linda Brady - “Butterfly Weed,” “Sego Songs,” “Lily Say Go”
Honorable Mention Iron Pen —Adult
RJ Walker - “Bulb Eater,” “What’s in a Name?,” “Consider the Lilies”
1st Place Ultra Iron Pen —Youth
Aubrey Nyberg - “To Please Yourself ”
1st Place Adult Poetry
Rachel White - “Sego Lily”
Honorable Mention —Adult Poetry
Lin Ostler - “Sego Lily Addresses Her Cousin, Death Camus”
1st Place —Youth Poetry
Anna Grace Roelofs - “Sego Lily”
1st Place —Adult Fiction
: Carol Lynne George - “In Bloom”
Honorable Mention —Adult Fiction
Jessica Payne - “Contracting Roots”
Honorable Mention —Adult Fiction
Sandra Osborn - “Wilted”
1st Place —Youth Fiction
Madeline Galian - “The Sego Lily”
Honorable Mention —Youth Fiction
Maya Johnson - “Confessions”
1st Place Adult —Non-Fiction
Ariel Gracey - “Listen to the Legends”
Honorable Mention —Adult Non-Fiction
Diane Lockard - “Sego Lilies Save Lives”
In partnership with the larger Salt Lake City Freedom Riders Project headed by KUED, the CWC celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement; particularly, the 400 Americans who, in 1961, got on buses and risked their lives in defense of Americans' Civil Rights. The CWC invited community members to share their written story of civil rights as it relates to their experience or the change they want to see. This was all prompted by the question: While we've come a long way, are we there yet?
SLCC Community Writing Center (CWC) invites you to share your written story of CIVIL RIGHTS as it relates to your experience or the change you want to see. Whether it's poetry, essays or testimonials, your writing will be shared with the community in multiple ways.
How to Submit:
Submit your poetry, essay or testimonial of 500-1000 words to the SLCC Community Writing Center from May 1st - September 1, 2011
open to all ages
Email submissions to:
Or, drop off/mail to:
SLCC Community Writing Center
210 East 400 South,
Suite 8 Salt Lake City, Utah 84111