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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Silver Pen Essay Writing Workshop
Query Letters and Novel Synopses
Songwriting for Change: Protest Songs 
Revision Toolbox 
College-Bound: Writing Scholarship Essays
#TwitterFiction
Sports Writing: More Than a Fan 
Songwriting 
Scary Stories
DiverseCity Writing Series Fall Reading and Reception
Race Perspectives Workshop
NaNoWriMo: Write a Novel in a Month
Small Writing Treasures for the Holidays 

Be Involved: Volunteer Training for Coaching and Mentoring

sic: the CWC Online Magazine

Writing Workshop F.A.Q.


Silver Pen Essay Writing Workshop
It’s human nature to reflect on our lives—what we’ve done, who we’ve known, what we’ve dreamt. The SLCC Community Writing Center invites seniors to our interactive life story workshops in preparation for the annual Silver Pen Competition sponsored by Salt Lake County Aging Services. 

SLCC Community Writing Center
210 E. 400 S., Suite 8
2-part workshop
August 5 and 12 (T), 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
To register call (801)957-2192
or click here

Silver Pen at Mt. Olympus Senior Center
1635 E. Murray Holladay Road
2-part workshop
August 13 and 20 (H), 1-3 p.m.
To register call (801)957-2192
or click here


Query Letters and Novel Synopses
Are you trying to get your novel (or book of poetry, or nonfiction piece) published? What is the best way to entice an agent to take an interest in your writing?  Come to this workshop and learn some of the important strategies for writing effective query letters and novel synopses. 

2-part workshop
August 20 & 27 (H), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $30
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here

Songwriting for Change: Protest Songs 
If you want to sing out, sing out! Join us as we discuss the power of protest songs and learn how to write our own. This workshop will be facilitated by Duncan Phillips, son of famous folk singer and protest songwriter, U. Utah Phillips. 

1-part workshop
September 2 (W) 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free.
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Revision Toolbox
“Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.”--Raymond Chandler
Writing can be a messy process. Join us in this workshop to learn tools and techniques for cleaning up any type of writing. 

2-part workshop
September 10 & 17 (Th), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $20.
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


College-Bound: Writing Scholarship Essays
No matter what grade you are in, it is never too early (or too late) to start on college scholarship essays. Join the CWC as we explore what it takes to make your application essay stand out. Participants may bring an essay in progress or begin one in the workshop. 

2-part workshop
September 12 & 19 (S), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $20.
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


#twitterfiction
What stories can you tell in 140 characters?  Twitter has been used by writers such as Margaret Atwood, Jennifer Egan and Neil Gaiman to tell brief, serialized and collaborative tales. Join us to explore examples of fiction created through Twitter and draft your own #TwitterMasterpiece. A Twitter account is recommended, but not required, to participate in this workshop. 

2-part workshop
September 16 & 23 (W), 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 workshop
October 7, 14 & 21 (W), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $45.
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Songwriting
Learn about song structure, overcoming writing blocks, and explore lyric and melody writing. Come with a song idea in mind or to find inspiration. Join local musician Miles Biddulph to learn about what makes a great song work. 

3-part workshop
October 10, 17 & 24 (Sa), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $45.
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Scary Stories
Scare yourself senseless as you write and share your own scary story. Bring your spooky story ideas, and  learn techniques to create suspense, fear, and creepy characters.

2-part workshop
October 20 & 27 (T), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $30.
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


DiverseCity Writing Series Fall Reading and Reception
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. 

1-part event
October 22 (H), 6-8 p.m.
Urban Arts Gallery, 137 S. Rio Grande Street

Cost: Free.
For more information call 801-957-2192


Race Perspectives Workshop
As part of the Utah Race Perspectives Project, writers explore micro-stories, poems, and essays about race, ethnicity, and cultural identity. Writers can submit their work to the Race Perspectives website.

2-part workshop
November 4 & 11 (W), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free.
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


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. 

4-part workshop
November 7, 14, 21 & 28 (Sa), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $60.
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Small Writing Treasures for the Holidays
Are you looking for a small yet meaningful gift for a friend, loved one or family member? Make it personal—get creative for this years’ holiday where we will start with pieces of paper to create a nice gift for that special someone. Join us at the CWC where we will create a fun keepsake with memorable writing for you to share! 

1-part workshop
December 9 (W), 6-8 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.