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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.

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Workshops

Summer 2017 Workshops

March 13th, April 10th, May 15th, 7-8:30 p.m.

Join the community Writing Center at the Riverton Library for one of these workshops on the basics of creative writing. Come with a story in mind or a desire to learn.

Cost: Free. No registration required.
Location: 12877 S 1830 W, Riverton, UT

2-part workshop
May 4 and 11, 7-8 p.m.

Do you want to write your own memoir? Not sure where to start? Come to this two part workshop at the Whitmore Library and learn how to captivate readers with your story.

Cost: Free. No registration required.
Location: 2197 Fort Union Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT

Meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month (May-Aug), 1-3 p.m.

Join our book club this summer! We plan on reading a book a month and discussing them every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month here at the CWC. The first book will be picked by Writing Center staff and the rest of the books will be voted on by the members of the club. Our first book will be the classic sci-fi novel 1984, by George Orwell. We’ll be focusing on not only the story and its implication for modern readers, but also on Orwell’s craft and what we can take away from it and apply in our own writing.

Cost: Free. No registration required.
Location: CWC, 210 E. 400 S., Ste. 8

2-part workshop
May 24th & 31st (W), 6-8 p.m.

Learn the basics of business and technical writing including straightforward sentence structure, document design, and usability. We’ll focus on a variety of document types (memos, reports, charts/graphs, etc.) and practice creating professional and usable content.

Cost: $15. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 E. 400 S., Ste. 8

Register for Business & Technical Writing Basics

1-part workshop
June 3 (S), 10-12 p.m.

Social media (like Facebook and Twitter, to name a couple) are one of the most common means to spread ideas and information in our world. While social media offers great tools for exchanging ideas and opinions, it can also create conflict and problems. In this workshop, you will learn how to best structure your social media posts to engage and persuade in a positive and productive way. Bring an internet capable device or use one of ours so we can create posts during the workshop.

Cost: Free. No registration required.
Location: City Library, 4th floor conference room

1-part workshop
June 10 (S), 10-12 p.m.

Does change in democracy require civic dialogue? If so, where is it and who gets to talk? OR write? Join the CWC during this election season to learn techniques of writing for change through letters to editors and public officials. Come with a concern and stay to write a letter with the help of CWC writing coaches.

Cost: Free. No registration required.
Location: City Library, 4th floor conference room

It’s human nature to reflect on our lives—what we’ve done, who we’ve known, what we’ve dreamt. Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services, Salt Lake County Library Services and the SLCC Community Writing Center invite all seniors to attend interactive life story workshops in preparation for the annual Silver Pen Writing Contest sponsored by Salt Lake County Aging Services. Explore essays and poetry on this year’s theme and submit! This year’s theme is: “If only I…”

Cost: Free. No registration required.

  • Poetry: June 15 (TH), 2-4 p.m.
    Location: Mount Olympus Senior Center, 1635 East Murray Holladay Road.
  • Essay: July 13 (TH), 2-4 p.m.
    Location: Mount Olympus Senior Center, 1635 East Murray Holladay Road.
  • Poetry: August 3 (TH), 2-4 p.m.
    West Jordan Senior Center, 8025 S. 2200 W.

June 22-June 25, 12-10 p.m. daily

Come visit the SLCC Community Writing Center and participate in one of our many one-hour writing workshops for kids and adults, magnetic poetry, plus a variety of community readings. Be sure to register for the CWC’s 11th Annual Iron Pen competition (a 24-hour writing marathon) by 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 23rd.

All CWC events (apart from the Iron Pen competition) are free with admission to the festival.

This summer we are offering a series of workshops specifically for all of our teen writers! On July 13, we will be exploring poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Our facilitators will focus on secrets we wished we had known about the craft when we started writing. We’ll read and workshop pieces throughout. Come to one or come to all!

Location: CWC, 210 E. 400 S., Ste. 8


Fiction

1-part workshop
July 13 (TH), 11-1 p.m.
Cost: $10.
Registration required.

Register for Fiction Workshop (Teens)


Non-Fiction

1-part workshop
July 13 (TH), 2-4 p.m.
Cost: $10.
Registration required.

Register for Non-Fiction Workshop (Teens)


Poetry

1-part workshop
July 13 (TH), 5-7 p.m.
Cost: $10.
Registration required.

Register for Poetry Workshop (Teens)

2-part workshop
July 19 & 26 (W), 6-8 p.m.

Join us this month for a workshop on open letters. We’ll be investigating the way writers like James Baldwin have used the genre in the past and how we can use it for our needs today!

Cost: $15. Registration required.
Location: CWC, 210 E. 400 S., Ste. 8

Register for Open Letters Workshop

2-part workshop
August 12 & 19 (S), 1-3 p.m.

The first step to writing a screenplay is developing a compelling cinematic idea. Join the CWC and screenwriter Tami Anderson to explore the world of visual storytelling. Topics covered will include character development, screenplay format and story structure. All levels welcome.

Cost: $30. Registration required.
Location: CWC, 210 E. 400 S., Ste. 8

Register for Screenwriting Workshop

3-part workshop
August 3, 10 & 17 (TH), 6-8 p.m.

Join the CWC for one of these workshops on the basics of creative writing. Come with a story in mind or a desire to learn. All levels welcome.

Cost: $30. Registration required.
Location: CWC, 210 E. 400 S., Ste. 8

Register for Creative Writing Basics

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