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.

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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.


Summer 2021 WORKSHOPS

Memoirs

1-part workshop

Tuesday May 18, 7-8 pm

As human beings, we connect with each other through story. We read and write to help us make sense of our own lives. Come create a written snapshot of your life in this workshop and learn just how we can translate our experiences to the page.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: Zoom. Access details will be sent before workshop starting date.

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Writing for Change: Creative NonFiction

1-part workshop

Thursday June 3, 6-7:30 pm

Creative nonfiction (memoirs, profiles, lyric essays, and more) has been used throughout history to shape cultural identities, open minds, encourage social action, and offer insider views into injustice and activism. Memoirs and other forms of creative nonfiction have the power to take readers inside your experiences to learn about and empathize with the histories, triumphs, struggles, and desires that shape the collective human experience via a personal, intimate lens. We'll learn about and try out a few forms of creative nonfiction to discover how the personal is political.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: Zoom. Access details will be sent before workshop starting date.

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Screenwriting

2-part workshop

Saturdays June 12 2-4:30 & June 19, 2-4 pm  

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: Free. Registration is required.

Location: Zoom. Access details will be sent before workshop starting date.

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Resume and Cover Letter Writing

1-part workshop

Thursday June 24, 6 pm-7 pm          

Whether this is your first time writing a resume or you already have one that needs tweaking, this workshop can help. And what’s a resume without a cover letter that’ll make you stand out? Come learn the purpose, structure and tools to craft a well-organized resume and cover letter.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: Zoom. Access details will be sent before workshop starting date.

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Poetry Basics

1-part workshop

Saturday June 26, 2-3 pm

Learn how to express yourself in a way that is unique to you in the Poetry Basics workshop. Become versed in basic tools and tactics for crafting poetry.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: Zoom. Access details will be sent before workshop starting date.

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Grammarphobia

1-part workshop

Tuesday July 6, 6-7 pm

Confused by commas? Perplexed by parentheses? Bring your questions about writing and grammar to the Grammarphobia workshop! The workshop will address some of the most common grammar questions and offer strategies for recognizing and understanding the “rules” behind them.

 Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: Zoom. Access details will be sent before workshop starting date.

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Speculative Fiction

2-part workshop

Saturdays July 10, & 17, 2 pm-3 pm 

What is speculative fiction? It’s a narrative answer to a “what if?” question. What if aliens from mars invaded (War of the Worlds), what if you found a portal to another world (Chronicles of Narnia), what if Napoleon’s army had an air force made up of dragons (His Majesty’s Dragon)? Join the CWC as we explore the power of this popular genre.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: Zoom. Access details will be sent before workshop starting date.

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Getting Started with Creative Writing

2-part workshop

Thursdays July 29, & August 5, 6-7 pm        

Getting started on a creative writing project may not be the hardest step in the process, but it is the step that has killed many stories before they were told. Don’t let that happen to your story. Come to this workshop with your story idea and let us help you take the first step. We’ll provide generative writing prompts to get you started and then we’ll help you refine what you come up with into something you’re ready to share.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: Zoom. Access details will be sent before workshop starting date.

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Writing for Change: Social Media

1-part workshop

Saturday August 14, 1-2:30 pm

Social media encompasses any platform or application (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, etc.) that enables users to create, remix, and mashup content intended to be shared within online and digital spaces. Additionally, social media is one of the primary means through which people spread ideas and information as well as create conflict and stay within our own ideological bubbles. In this workshop, you will learn how to best structure your social media posts intended for audiences that may disagree with you so that you might use methods of persuasion in positive, ethical, and productive ways.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: Zoom. Access details will be sent before workshop starting date.

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Nature Writing 

1-part workshop

Thursday August 19, 6-7 pm

The best environmental writing—whether short form, newspaper story, essay, or memoir—reconnects a reader, emotionally and intellectually, with the world outside. This workshop will help you reflect, learn from, and share your greenest experiences in the backcountry or your local urban outdoor settings. Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: Zoom. Access details will be sent before workshop starting date.

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