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Wasatch IronPen Literary Marathon and Ultra Marathon!

Artists of the written word face off in a 24-hour writing competition during the Utah Arts Festival. Adult and Youth writers can participate in one of three categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry) or can take on the Ultra IronPen challenge and write in all three! Winning writers will receive prizes and have a chance to read their work on the Big Mouth Stage!

Writers of all genres and experience levels can register for the marathon beginning on May 1st, 2019 at the Community Writing Center (located at Library Square) or at . After receiving the prompt on Friday, June 21st at 5:30 pm, writers will have exactly 24 hours to write. Submissions are due Saturday, June 22nd at 5:30 pm.

  • Youth and Adult competitions judged separately and anonymously. Awards are subject to change based on submissions and judges’ discretion.
  • Registration fees: IronPen: $10.00 and Ultra IronPen: $15.00 (Registration opens on May 1st and closes on Friday, June 21st at 5:30 pm.)
  • Submissions must be delivered to the CWC or submitted online no later than 5:30 pm, Saturday, June 22nd.

Winners will be announced Sunday, June 23rd at the Big Mouth Stage (12:30-2 p.m.) Winners are encouraged to read from their submission. If you have any questions, call us at 801-957-2192 or email

Please see the full rules here.

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Featured Workshop

Creative Writing Basics

3-part workshop
May 28, June 4 & 11 (Tuesday), 6-8 pm

Join the CWC in this workshop on the basics of creative writing. We’ll break down some pop culture sources in order to discover how good stories are made. If you have a story that you’re already working on, great. If not, we hope to inspire one. Come ready to discuss basic structures of story and do some writing of your own.

Cost: $30. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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The SLCC Community Writing Center (CWC) supports, motivates and educates people of all abilities and educational backgrounds who want to use writing for practical needs, civic engagement and personal expression. In addition to an open space available for writing, we provide opportunities to enhance writing abilities through such programs as Writing Coaching , Writing Workshops, the DiverseCity Writing Series, Salt Lake Teens Write, and Community Writing Partners. Recipient of the 2012 Mayor's Artist Award and the 2012 League of Innovations Award. More information for a brief history of the CWC. These programs are open to all Salt Lake area residents.

Note: If you are an SLCC student working on an academic assignment, please visit the Student Writing & Reading Center.

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