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
Show Me a Story: Digital Storytelling
Web Writing 101: Creating an Online Sensation
College-Bound: Writing Scholarship Essays
Tales of Terror: Horror Writing
The Power of One: Writing and Performing a One-Person Show
DiverseCity Writing Series Fall Reading and Reception
NaNoWriMo: Write a Novel in a Month
Jump Start Your Story: Using Objects as Writing Prompts
Make It Personal: Journals as Gifts


Be Involved: Volunteer Training for Coaching and Mentoring

sic: the CWC Online Magazine

Writing Workshop F.A.Q.



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

Day-Riverside Library Branch
1575 W 1000 N, SLC, UT
1-part workshop
September 9 (T), 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here

Utah Pride Center
255 East 400 South, Suite 200
1-part workshop
October 8 (W), 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Show Me a Story: Digital Storytelling
In this digital age, writing can take on multiple forms. Come join the CWC to learn how to craft and showcase a digital story of your own. Using written text and photos or video with narration, you can turn a written work into a dynamic story to be shared in a variety of platforms.

3-part workshop
September 11, 18 & 25 (H), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $45
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Web Writing 101: Creating an Online Sensation
Have you ever googled your name? What does your online presence say about you? The image you present online can be the initial impression for employers, clients and personal connections. Join our CWC workshop on writing for blogs, articles for online newsletters, social media and online content (including search engine hits) to explore ways to create the persona you want to present to the online world.

2-part workshop
September 16 & 23 (T), 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 20 & 27 (S), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $20
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here

 


Tales of Terror: Horror Writing
Discover methods of dealing with the fantastic and supernatural in your writing while causing fright in this horror writing workshop. You’ll learn techniques to create suspense, sinister characterization and scary scenes.

2-part workshop
October 11 & 25 (S), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $30
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


The Power of One: Writing and Performing a One-Person Show
Ever wanted to write and perform your own story? This lively workshop will start with the fundamentals of writing, storytelling, stage presence and acting technique as each participant creates and performs their own mini-monologue.

2-part workshop
October 22 & 29 (W), 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
Urban Arts Gallery, 137 S. Rio Grande St., SLC, UT
October 23 (H), 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
No Registration required. 


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.

5-part workshop
November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 (S), 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $60
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Jump Start Your Story: Using Objects as Writing Prompts
Have you ever used an object to launch a story? Bring an old photo, a paragraph from a favorite book, a newspaper clipping or small object to the CWC. We’ll join SLCC English Professor Benjamin Solomon to explore ways to use serendipity and unexpected details to get started on a compelling story.

2-part workshop
November 5 & 12 (W), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $30
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Make It Personal: Journals as Gifts
Do you ever struggle with that perfect holiday gift for your writer-friends or family? Create a personal journal for someone dear using your own writing prompts, such as favorite memories together or experiences you’ve shared, favorite foods, photos, etc. Join us for this one-day workshop to craft memorable holiday gifts.

1-part workshop
December 3 (W), 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $20
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here


Be Involved: Volunteer Training for Coaching and Mentoring

Train to be a volunteer at the SLCC Community Writing Center! Learn the tools necessary to be an effective writing assistant - as a Writing Coach, Writing Group Mentor or Workshop Facilitator. If you are interested in becoming a CWC Volunteer, please register for one of the workshops above. (Volunteers need to be available for a six-month commitment to the program.) 1-day training will be held on:

June
20 (W) 4:30 - 8:00
July
7 (Sa) 11:00 - 2:30
18 (W) 4:30 - 8:00
August
4 (Sa) 11:00 - 2:30
15 (W) 4:30 - 8:00

(12 Volunteers Maximum per Training)
Cost: Free, but registration is required
To register please call: 801.957.2192


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.