Writing Workshops

We offer a range of writing workshops here at the Community Writing Center where you can 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 emailing us at 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 not to attend may call to cancel up to one week prior to the workshop; after this time payments are non-refundable.

All Fall 2017 workshops are at the Community Writing Center at 210 E. 400 S., Suite 8.

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Fall 2017 Workshops

Grant Writing Basics

Friday, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
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 Community Writing Center for an interactive workshop on the basics of grant writing.

Cost: $100. Registration is required.

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The CWC’s Guide to Sci-Fi

Saturday, Sept. 16, 23 & 30, 1-3 p.m.

Join the Community Writing Center as we explore science fiction. How does it work? What makes it unique, and why is it becoming so popular? We’ll take some time to explore sci-fi’s history and examine what makes “good” sci-fi, as well as read some great short stories, before finally crafting our own sci-fi short story.

Cost: $30. Registration is required.

Register for the CWC's Guide to Sci-Fi

Music Reviewing

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m.

Join local music reviewer and SLUG columnist Keith McDonald for tips on how to get into the music scene, interview folks, and start writing! The workshop will also focus on interview tips and how to use descriptive language to spice up our writing.

Cost: $15. Registration is required.

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Science and Communication

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 17, & 24, 6-8 p.m.

There are a wealth of scientific discoveries to share with the world, but science writing can too easily be misrepresented and misunderstood. We will work on techniques to write about science and other academic work for the public in an accurate and accessible way. This three-part workshop is intended for academics, students, researchers, journalists, and others who have experience with science writing and want to be able to communicate research and information more effectively.

Cost: $60. Registration is required.

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NaNoWriMo ’17!

Saturday, Oct. 28 , Nov. 4, 11, 18, & Dec. 2, 1-3 p.m.

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.

Registration for this workshop is now closed. You're welcome to come into the CWC anytime for free writing coaching on your NaNoWriMo project.

Registration Closed

SLAM (Education)

Thursday, Nov. 9 & 16, 6-8 p.m.

Local slam poet and competitor Kari Lindsey Barry will be showing us the ropes this month! Come learn about this thriving art form and get tips on composition and performance from one of SLC’s best.  

Cost: $20. Registration is required.

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Memoir and Me

Wednesday, Dec. 6 & 13, 6-8 p.m.

As human beings, we connect with each other through story. We read and write to help us make sense of our own lives. Come create a written snapshot of your life in this workshop and learn just how we can translate our experiences to the page.

Cost: $20. Registration is required.

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