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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Writing for Change: Community Writing Event At Utah Pride Festival
Daily Depictions: Creative Journaling
Where Arts Lives: The Utah Arts Festival
Treasured Pet Memoirs
Screenwriting: The Filmmaker's Guide to Storytelling
Say It with Style!: Speech Writing Workshop
Silver Pen Essay Writing Workshop
Query Letters and Novel Synopses

Be Involved: Volunteer Training for Coaching and Mentoring

sic: the CWC Online Magazine

Writing Workshop F.A.Q.


Writing for Change: Community Writing Event At Utah Pride Festival
Does change in democracy require civic dialogue? If so, where is it and who gets to talk? OR write? Join the CWC during the Utah Pride Festival 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.

1-part workshop
June 6 (S), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Daily Depictions: Creative Journaling
Learn how to use journals as an expression of your creative self and how to turn daily writing into creative works. From prompts to photographs and sketches, join the CWC to start your artistic journey into reflective writing. 

2-part workshop
June 9 & 16 (T), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $45
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Where Art Lives: The Utah Arts Festival
“This is the place!”  Come visit the SLCC Community Writing Center and participate in the “Magnetic Poetry” event, one of our many one-hour writing workshops for kids and adults, plus a variety of community readings. Be sure to register for the CWC’s Iron Pen competition (a 24-hour writing marathon) by 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 26th and turn in within 24 hours. See the CWC website for a full listing of events during the festival: www.slcc.edu/cwc  Most CWC events are free with admission to the festival.

4-part event
June 25 (H)-June 28 (Su), 12-10 p.m. daily
Cost: Most CWC events are free with admission to the festival.
No Registration required.
click here for event flyer


Treasured Pet Memoirs
Have you ever wanted to capture the story of your beloved pet in a story, a book, or a blog? Join the CWC to explore the world of pet memoir. Topics covered will include setting, chronology, tone, dialogue, images, and design. All levels welcome.

2-part workshop
July 7 & 14 (T), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $30
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Screenwriting: The Filmmaker's Guide to Storytelling
The first step to writing a screenplay is developing a compelling cinematic idea. Join the CWC and screenwriter Stephen Williams to explore the world of visual storytelling. Topics covered will include character development, screenplay format and story structure. All levels welcome.

2-part event
July 8 & 22 (W), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $30
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Say It with Style!: Speech Writing with Doug Woodall
Are you looking to entertain? To amuse? To enthrall? To craft that perfect presentation for work? Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Come let Toastmasters International guru Doug Woodall help you write, refine, and deliver the perfect speech for any occasion. 

3-part event
July 11, 18, and 25 (S), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $45
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


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 14 and 21 (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

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.