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.

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Fall 2018 Workshops

Impossible Worlds: Fantasy Writing

3-part workshop
September 12, 19 & 26 (Wed), 6-8 p.m.

From the Hobbit to Harry Potter, fantastical fiction has long captivated our imaginations. Join the CWC as we explore the magical worlds of Fantasy literature.

Cost: $30. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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September 20 (Thurs), 6-8 p.m.

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.

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

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Grant Writing: Advanced Practice

2-part workshop
Sept. 28 & Oct. 5 (Fri), 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

This workshop is for anyone who has written one or more grants, and would like to polish their skills. We’ll discuss ways to make a more persuasive argument through organization, sentence structure, clarity and readability. Participants will receive extensive feedback on grant drafts.

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

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Document Design Basics

2-part workshop
October 4 & 11 (Thurs), 6-8 p.m.

From business documents to resumes in this workshop you will learn the basics of document design. We will cover visual hierarchy, typography, layout and access, as well as purpose and audience. Learn how to create impactful documents that meet your specific needs.

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

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Monsters & Ghostlands: Horror Writing

October 13 (Sat), 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Horror stories show us what we fear. This is why the best horror stories often offer up scares and terror while at the same time bringing to light anxieties, fears, and desires from across the human experience. In this workshop, you'll explore and try out the basics of horror writing.  

Cost: $10. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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NaNoWriMo '18

4-part workshop
Oct. 27, Nov. 3,10, 17 (Sat), 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.

Cost: $40. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 E 400 S Ste. 8, Salt Lake City

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Storytelling for Change

2-part workshop
November 7 & 14 (Wed), 6-8 p.m. 

Throughout history, creative writing has been used to shape cultural identities, open minds, and create social action. Stories have the power to take us inside other worlds and experiences to learn about and empathize with the histories, triumphs, struggles, and desires that shape the collective human experience. Writing stories for change helps us create powerful voices that might drown out the noise that has made change difficult. Join the CWC to explore storytelling as a tool for change.

This workshop is now full. Please call 801-957-2192 or email cwc@slcc.edu to be added to the waitlist.

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

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Memoir: From Writing to Binding

Dec. 8 (Sat), 1-4 p.m.

Learn the basics of memoir writing and create a beautiful ribbon-bound book that can be given as a gift or saved as a keepsake.

Cost: $25. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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