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:

Silver Pen Essay Writing Workshop for Seniors
Get User-Friendly! Writing for Web Accessibility
Animate Your Words! Comic Book Creation
Oh, What a Character!: Writing Character Development
Writing for Change at Chapman Library, 557 S. 900 W.
Haunted Histories: Ghost Story Writing with Donnae Tidwell

Be Involved: Volunteer Training for Coaching and Mentoring

sic: the CWC Online Magazine

Writing Workshop F.A.Q.

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Silver Pen Essay Writing Workshop for Seniors
 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. This year’s theme is “What Is Your Passion . . . and Why?”

SLCC Community Writing Center: 210 E. 400 S., Suite 8
2-part workshop
August 1 and 8 (H), 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192 or click here.

Silver Pen at Midvale Senior Center: 350 W. Park St. (7610 S.)
2-part workshop
August 12 and 19 (M), 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192 or click here. 




Get User-Friendly! Writing for Web Accessibility
 People with disabilities comprise more than 10% of the U.S. population. Web content is inaccessible for many of these individuals, preventing them from connecting with ideas, products and communities. SLCC Associate Professor Melissa Helquist will provide tips and tools for writing accessible web content in this workshop intended for non-profits, businesses, or individuals seeking to improve web accessibility. Cost: $20. Registration is required.

2-part workshop
September 3 and 10 (T), 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $20
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here  




Animate Your Words! Comic Book Creation
 Marvel, DC, now CWC! Be a part of our league as we work to storyboard epic adventures. This interactive workshop will give participants a step-by-step look at comic book creation and their own self-made comic book. Cost: $30. Registration is required.

2-part workshop
September 21 and 28 (S), 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $30
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192 
or click here



Oh, What a Character!: Writing Character Development
Whether you’re writing fiction, nonfiction, or even poetry, it’s the people in the piece who make it so compelling. Come create empathy with your reader by developing relatable characters. Join the CWC and learn how to write dynamic characters, include multiple characters in a story, and describe characters in action and dialogue. Cost: $30. Registration is required.

2-part workshop
October 3 and 10 (Th), 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $30
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here 



Writing for Change at Chapman Library, 557 S. 900 W.
Does change in democracy require civic dialogue? If so, where is it and who gets to talk? OR write? Join the CWC, the Salt Lake City Public Library, and guests to learn techniques of writing for change. Come with a concern or topic for upcoming elections or events and stay to write a letter with the help of CWC writing coaches. Cost: Free, but registration is required.

1-part workshop
October 15 (T), 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Registration is required. To register call 801-957-2192
or click here 



Haunted Histories: Ghost Story Writing with Donnae Tidwell
The suspense and fear surrounding written ghost stories have made this a popular genre for centuries. Whether you’re nine or ninety, come learn the art of ghost stories, then write one of your own, whether you made it up or you experienced it yourself! Cost: $30. Registration is required.

2-part workshop
October 16 and 23 (W), 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $30
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.