Community Writing Center

Writing Workshops

We offer a wide range of writing workshops here at the Community Writing Center. 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 email: 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 to not to attend should call to cancel one week prior to the workshop; after this time payments are non-refundable.

To register for workshops on-line, click here!

If you are interested in more in-depth writing workshops, explore the Writer's Toolbox with the University of Utah's Lifelong Learning Program.

Upcoming Workshops:

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NaNoWriMo: Write a Novel in a Month
Make It Personal: Journals as Gifts
Writing for Change: Community Writing Event
Race Perspectives Workshops
Resumes and Cover Letters
Oh, What a Character!: Writing Character Development
Show Me a Story: Digital Storytelling
Grammarphobia: Easy Tips for Better Writing
Travel Writing: A Foreign Affair
Sports Writing: More Than a Fan
A Plethora of Poetry: Celerating National Poetry Month
Sine Cera: A Diversity Writing Series Community Reading and Launch Party
Fabulous Family Cookbooks
Take it for Grant(ed): Grant Writing Basics
A Story is Born: Writing Birth Stories

Be Involved: Volunteer Training for Coaching and Mentoring

sic: the CWC Online Magazine

Writing Workshop F.A.Q.


NaNoWriMo: Write a Novel in a Month
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 finished product. Don’t worry about mistakes; that’s part of the process. Coaching sessions will also be available during the week.

5-part workshop
November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 (S), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $60
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Make It Personal: Journals as Gifts
Do you ever struggle with that perfect holiday gift for your writer-friends or family? Create a personal journal for someone dear using your own writing prompts, such as favorite memories together or experiences you’ve shared, favorite foods, photos, etc. Join us for this one-day workshop to craft memorable holiday gifts.

1-part workshop
December 3 (W), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $20
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Writing for Change: Community Writing Event at Main Library
Does change in democracy require civic dialogue? If so, where is it and who gets to talk? OR write? Join the CWC, libraries, and guests to learn techniques of writing for change, such as letters to editors and public officials. Come with a concern and stay to write a letter with the help of CWC writing coaches.

Main Library, 210 East 400 South

1-part workshop
January 13 (T), 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Race Perspectives Workshop
As part of the Utah Race Intersections Project, writers explore micro-stories, poem, and essays about race, ethnicity, and cultural identity. Writers can submit their work to the community anthology to be published in February.

2-part workshop
January 15 & 22 (Th), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Resumes and Cover Letters
Whether this is your first time writing a resume or you already have one that needs tweaking, this workshop can help. To accompany your resume, you’ll need a cover letter that makes you stand out. Come learn the purpose, structure and tools to craft a well-organized resume and cover letter.

2-part workshop
January 24 & 31 (S), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $20
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Oh, What a Character!: Writing Character Development
Whether you’re writing fiction, nonfiction, or even poetry, it’s the people in the piece that makes it so compelling. Come create empathy with your reader by developing relatable characters. Join the CWC and learn how to write dynamic characters, how to include multiple characters in a story and how to describe characters in action and dialogue.

3-part workshop
February 3, 10, and 17 (T), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $45
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Show Me a Story: Digital Storytelling
In this digital age, writing can take on multiple forms. Come join the CWC to learn how to craft and showcase a digital story of your own. Using written text and photos or video with narration, you can turn a written work into a dynamic story to be shared in a variety of platforms.

3-part workshop
February 5, 12, and 19 (H), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $45
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Grammarphobia: Easy Tips for Better Writing
Confused by commas? Perplexed by parentheses? Bring your questions about writing and grammar to the Grammar Phobia workshop! The workshop will address some of the most common grammar questions and offer strategies for recognizing and understanding the “rules” behind them.

1-part workshop
February 25 (W), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $10
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Travel Writing: A Foreign Affair
Travel writing explores adventures on the other side of the world or eating a meal at a café down the street. Whether your adventures are similar to the beat of Jack Kerouac, or the exotic adventures of Vivienne de Watteville, together we will discuss elements of travel writing and learn how to spin a tale worthy of sharing.

2-part workshop
March 3 & 10 (T), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $30
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Sports Writing: More Than a Fan
Do you eat, breathe, and sleep sports? Consider yourself more than just a fan? Join us and learn to write like a pro sharing your observations, analysis, and opinions of your favorite team.

3-part event
March 4, 11, and 25 (W), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $45
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


A Plethora of Poetry: Celebrating National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month! Join the CWC in celebrating poetry in this four-part workshop series. We’ll explore various genres of poetry, learn to compose poems, and practice writing, revising and sharing your work. You can also submit to our annual poetry contest!

4-part event
April 4, 11, 18, and 25 (S), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $60
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Sine Cera: A Diversity Writing Series Community Reading and Launch Party
Join the SLCC Community Writing Center as we celebrate the writers of the DiverseCity Writing Series and the new edition of sine cera. Come hear members of your community share their thoughts, ideas and stories at this public reading of sine cera—a community anthology.

4th Floor Conference Room at the Main Library, 210 E. 400 S.

1-part event
April 15 (W), 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
No registration is required.


Fabulous Family Cookbooks
Celebrations, holidays, parties and hallmark events are often tied together with our favorite foods and beverages. Revive dusty recipe collections and create a recipe memoir to help preserve memories, recipes, and friend and family traditions. Bring recipes that have been passed down through generations, or recently discovered, along with the story behind them and create a keepsake recipe memoir.

2-part workshop
April 22 & 29 (W), 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $30
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Take it for Grant(ed): Grant Writing Basics
Do you need money for your project or nonprofit program but don’t know where to start? Government and private funding organizations often have money to give and only require that you make a persuasive case. Join the SLCC Community Writing Center and the Main City Library for an interactive workshop on the basics of grant writing and finding funding.

5-part workshop
May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 (F), 10a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $100
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


A Story is Born: Writing Birth Stories
All parents have memorable stories to tell about the birth of their children. Whether it’s been weeks or years since you gave birth/participated in birth, this workshop will give you an opportunity to preserve your memories and honor your experience. Join SLCC English Professor Marlena Stanford to write about this life-changing experience.

1-part workshop
May 2 (S), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $15
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


sic: the CWC Online Magazine

sic is an online publication showcasing writing generated in CWC Writing Workshops. All workshop participants are welcome to submit their writing. Go to our Publications page to view all of the Community Writing Center's publications, or our newest issue of sic. For more information, call 801.957.2192.