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.

Register for Workshops

Note: If you have any issues or problems registering online for one of our workshops, please contact us at 801-957-2192 or cwc@slcc.edu for assistance.


Spring 2019 Workshops

Resumes and Cover Letters

2-part workshop
January 17 & 24 (Thurs), 6-8 p.m.

Whether this is your first time writing a resume or you already have one that needs tweaking, this workshop can help. And what’s a resume without a cover letter that’ll make you stand out? Come learn the purpose, structure and tools to craft a well-organized resume and cover letter.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

Register for Resumes and Cover LEtters


Grant Writing Basics

5-part workshop
February 1, 8, 15, 22 & March 1 (Fri),  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 SLCC Community Writing Center for an interactive workshop on the basics of grant writing.

Cost: $100. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

Register for Grant WRiting basics


Scholarship and Application Essays

February 21 (Thurs), 6-8 p.m.

A great personal essay can be what gets you that scholarship or gets you into your best college. Join us while we workshop personal essays. You will learn insider tricks and get tips and feedback on your own essay. This workshop is for teens (ages 13-18).

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

Register for scholarship and Application Essays


Writing for Change: Creative Non-Fiction

2-part workshop
March 7 & 14 (Thurs), 6-8 p.m.

Creative nonfiction (memoirs, profiles, lyric essays, and more) has been used throughout history to shape cultural identities, open minds, encourage social action, and offer insider views into injustice and activism. Memoirs and other forms of creative nonfiction have the power to take readers inside your experiences to learn about and empathize with the histories, triumphs, struggles, and desires that shape the collective human experience via a personal, intimate lens. We'll learn about and try out a few forms of creative nonfiction to discover how the personal is political. 

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

Register for Writing for Change: Creative non-Fiction


UMOCA: Self Portrait Poems

March 9 (Sat), 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Create a visual self-portrait with words.

Cost: Free. Registration not required.
Location: UMOCA, 20 South West Temple


UMOCA: Comic Strip Poems

March 16 (Sat), 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Create or adapt a poem into a comic strip.  

Cost: Free. Registration not required.
Location: UMOCA, 20 South West Temple


UMOCA: Poetry Posters

March 23 (Sat), 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Use basic design and printing skills to create a poster of your favorite poem.

Cost: Free. Registration not required.
Location: UMOCA, 20 South West Temple


Slam Poetry

2-part workshop
March 20 & 27 (Wed), 6-8 p.m.

Join us as experienced local poet RJ Walker leads a workshop on slam poetry. Learn how to compose poetry with its spoken performance in mind as well get tips on performing in public. RJ was the winner of the CWC’s 2018 Ultra Iron Pen writing competition, leads poetry workshops around the valley, and has won competitive poetry slams around the country. This workshop will give you the tools to get more involved in Salt Lake’s slam poetry scene.

Cost: $20. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Personal Narratives

2-part workshop
April 3 & 10 (Wed), 6-8 p.m.

Personal narratives are true stories from our lives that tell of experiences that have had a lasting impact on the way that we perceive and relate to the world around us. As a genre, personal narrative is free from the shackles of form or structural requirements, which allows writers to focus on expressing their experiences and reflecting on them within a single piece of writing. Join us for a fun, in depth dive into writing freely about our lives!

Cost: $20. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

Register for Personal Narratives


NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month)

4-part workshop
April 6, 13, 20, & 27 (Sat), 1-3 p.m.

April is National Poetry Month! Join the CWC for a workshop series that celebrates poetry in all its glory! We’ll explore various genres of poetry, learn to compose poems, and practice revising and sharing our work. We also encourage you to submit to our 30 Poems in 30 Days contest – winners will have a chapbook of their original work published by the CWC.

Cost: $40. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

Register for NaPoWriMo


Advanced Creative Writing: Creating Realistic Characters

2-part workshop
April 30 & May 7 (Tues), 6-8 p.m.

Creative writing is hard. We’re here to help. One of the most challenging aspects of any prose, fiction or non-fiction writing is bringing the characters to life on the page. We’ve all read or watched something where a character does something that doesn't’t make sense. We’ve all been frustrated by characters that exist to drive a plot rather than act in a believable manner. Join us as we work to discover what makes realistic characters and how we can create them in our own writing.

Cost: $20. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

Register for Advanced Creative Writing