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.

Register for Workshops

Note: If you have any issues or problems registering online for one of our workshops, please contact us at 801-957-2192 or cwc@slcc.edu for assistance.

Fall 2022 Workshops

La Llorona: Cultural Traditions in Horror

1-part workshop

Tuesday, November 1, 6-8 pm

In this workshop, we’ll talk about the roots of La Llorona's legend, the oral traditions surrounding the different versions of her story, and why many cultures keep coming back to it to tell stories about the past and present. This workshop welcomes writers of all backgrounds and experience who are interested in sharpening their horror writing through exploring cultural traditions as important facets of the scary stories we tell and pass down. 

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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NaNoWriMo ’22

Thursdays, November 3, 10, 17, 6:30-8 pm

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 rough draft. Don’t worry about mistakes; that’s part of the process. Coaching sessions will also be available throughout the month.

Cost: $45 Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Winter Blues

Saturday, November 12, 2-4 pm

Winter got you down? Join us for this workshop where we will look at the blues form as it appears in music and poetry. We’ll discuss the basics elements that make up the blues and write some blues of our own. Musicians, poets, newbies and anyone else who’s tired of the winter weather is welcome!

Cost: $15. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Scholarship and Application Essays

Tuesday, November 29, 6-7:30 pm  

A great personal essay can be the final step that gets you a meaningful scholarship or gets you into your best choice of colleges. Join us while we workshop personal essays! You will learn how to write compelling narratives that grab the attention of college recruiters while holding fast to their prompts, as well as receive writing tips and personalized feedback on your own essays.

Cost: $10. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Holiday Traditions: Giving Writing as a Gift

Saturdays, December 3, 10, 2-3:30 pm        

Holidays are a time to gather with loved ones to make and share memories, and an opportunity to show our appreciation for the people in our lives. Some of the most treasured gifts don’t come from the store, but from your heart. There are many ways to gift your writing to loved ones, such as poetry, memoir, short story, comic, or a letter of gratitude. Join us in this 2-part workshop where we will explore ways to share your writing with loves ones and create personal and meaningful gifts to give this holiday season.

Cost: $30. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Historical Fiction

Tuesday, December 13, 6-7:30 pm   

Historical fiction intertwines the bizarre and sometimes unbelievable facts of history using creative writing elements to create amazing stories about the past. History is an expansive field with plenty of stories to explore. Come join our Historical Fiction Workshop, and learn how to combine both fact and fiction, to tell a unique story about real events, places, and maybe even people. No history degree needed!

Cost: $15. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Math X Poetry

Saturday December 17, 2-3:30 pm   

Take poetic inspiration from math theorems as you learn the awe-inducing ways that mathematics & poetry are intertwined. In this interdisciplinary workshop, you’ll discover how geometric shapes and math formulas can become the muses and structures for compelling, wild, and wonderful poetry. Join poet and Professor of Mathematics, Joe Gallegos, in learning about the connectedness of math and poetry. Then, you’ll play with mathematical ideas and poetic forms to create your own poetry. 

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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