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Everybody Writes Open Mic

The Salt Lake Community Writing Center invites you to come to our Everybody Writes! Open Mic nights. Open Mic nights are every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, from 7-8 p.m. Whether you’re interested in sharing something you’ve written, or just feel like dropping by and listening to the work of your fellow community members, open mic night is the place for anyone and everyone. Open Mic night is hosted virtually via Zoom; to access the Zoom link or get more information, please email us at cwc@slcc.edu.

30 Poems in 30 Days Competition

Announcing the Community Writing Center's Annual 30 Poems in 30 Days Writing Competition! Write 30 poems based on daily prompts throughout the month of April. Winners will have a chapbook of their original poems designed and produced by the CWC.

Registration required by April 30. Recommended fee is $5, but this can be waived at registration.

On April 1, 2022 at 10 a.m., the first of the 30 writing prompts will be posted on the CWC's Facebook (@CommunityWritingCenter) and Instagram (@slcc_cwc) accounts. Each morning, a new prompt will be posted.

Participants must meaningfully incorporate each prompt into the corresponding poem. Contestants must submit their poems via Submittable by 11:59 p.m. on May 7, 2022. NOTE: the portal for Submitting on Submittable will open on April 30 at 10 a.m. If you click on the "Submittable" link before that time, you will receive an error message.

Please see our full rules and regulations.

To get you thinking about poetry writing, here are some prompts from the 2021 30 Poems in 30 Days Competition. NOTE: These will not be prompts for this year's competition. We're sharing a few here to get you in a poetry-writing mood.

  • Erasure Poetry: Take a page from a piece of writing (a novel, magazine, newspaper, etc.) and, using a method of your choice, start erasing or blocking out words. Leave a new construction of words and form a poem from these, either on the original text or on another page. Submit a picture of your erasure.
  • Dream Log: Write a poem about the last dream you had that you can remember.
  • Noise: Write a poem capturing as many sounds as you can identify from the environment around you.
  • Write a poem about the following image. What sensory experiences can you tease out and describe:

Image taken from Unsplash

Register for 30 poems in 30 days

15th Wasatch IronPen Writing Competition

Welcome to the 15th Wasatch IronPen Writing Marathon, in which artists of the written word face off in a 24-hour writing competition! Adult and Youth writers of all experience levels can participate in one of three genres (Fiction, Non-fiction or Poetry) or can take on the IronPen Ultra and write in all three!

Writers of all experience levels can register for the marathon at the SLCC Community Writing Center (located at Library Square, Suite 8) or register online. Participants must register by Friday, June 24th, at 6:00 p.m. Registration for the IronPen is $10 for one genre (Fiction, Non-fiction, or Poetry) or $15 for the IronPen Ultra (all three genres).

After receiving the prompt on Friday, June 24th at 6:00 p.m., writers will have exactly 24 hours to write. Submissions are due Saturday, June 25th at 6:00 p.m. Visit CWC website or call 801-957-2192 for more details.

Winners will receive a cash prize, a gift card to the King’s English bookstore, a CWC gift bag. Honorable Mentions will receive a gift card to the King’s English bookstore, and a gift bag of CWC swag. Competition Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced and invited to read from their IronPen works at 12:30 p.m. on June 26th at the Wordfest Stage.

On Friday, June 24, 2022 at 6:00 p.m., a prompt will be posted on the CWC’s Facebook (@CommunityWritingCenter) and Instagram (@slcc_cwc) feeds. Participants must meaningfully incorporate the prompt into their submission. After receiving the prompt, writers will have exactly 24 hours to write.

Submissions are due via Submittable by 6:00 p.m. on June 25, 2022 @6:00 p.m. NOTE: the Submittable link will go live at 6:00 p.m. on June 24, 2022.

Please see our full rules and regulations

Register for IronPen Writing Competition

Working to Meet Diverse Community Needs Results in Building a Strong Community

"Salt Lake Community College ’s Community Writing Center, located in Library Square, has been helping writers of all abilities for 17 years. The CWC provides many services to anyone in the community looking for assistance with whatever writing project they are working on, whether that is a new resume, a grant or a short story. Anyone from any walk of life can find writing support within one of the many programs that theCWC sponsors. One demographic in particular, refugees, has found success with those programs."

Read the rest of the article in SLUG Magazine.