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Arts Fest 2023 Schedule

Wasatch IronPen Competition

Wasatch IronPen Literary Marathon And Ultra Marathon!

Writers of all experience levels can register for the marathon at the SLCC Community Writing Center (located at Library Square, Suite 8) or register online. Participants must register by Friday, June 23rd, at 6:00 p.m. Registration for the IronPen is $10 for one genre (Fiction, Non-fiction, or Poetry) or $15 for the IronPen Ultra (all three genres).

After receiving the prompt on Friday, June 23rd at 6:00 p.m., writers will have exactly 24 hours to write. Submissions are due Saturday, June 24th at 6:00 p.m. Visit CWC website or call 801-957-2192 for more details.

Winners will receive a gift card to the King’s English bookstore, a CWC gift bag. Honorable Mentions will receive a gift bag of CWC swag. Competition Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced and invited to read from their IronPen works at 12:30 p.m. on June 25th at the Wordfest Stage.

On Friday, June 23, 2023 at 6:00 p.m., a prompt will be posted on the CWC’s Facebook (@CommunityWritingCenter) and Instagram (@slcc_cwc) feeds. Participants must meaningfully incorporate the prompt into their submission. After receiving the prompt, writers will have exactly 24 hours to write.

Submissions are due via Submittable by 6:00 p.m. on June 24, 2022 @6:00 p.m. NOTE: the Submittable link will go live at 10:00 a.m. on June 24, 2023.

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Writing/Making Workshops

Friday, June 23rd

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Kids Workshop: Pop-up Books:

Craft a story and make it spring to life in three dimensions with your very own pop-up book. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Writing the Forests & Mountains: Nature Writing About Utah Workshop:

Utah is known for its wilderness, deserts, and other unique landscapes. Nature writing, at its core, is about human beings grappling with their obligations to the environment, other human beings, and non-human species with whom we share this planet. In this workshop, participants will explore the possibilities of writing about Utah’s wilderness and other landscapes by taking up the concepts of interdependence, biocentrism, ecojustice, and much more.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Making Graphic Novels & Novellas: Workshop for Beginners:

Learn the basics of how to combine words and images into a graphic novel or novella! In this intro-level workshop, artist Nash Hutto will help you collaborate on a story or start creating your own graphic novel or novella.

6 p.m.

Wasatch IronPen Literary Marathon and Ultramarathon Start!

Get to the CWC for submission guidelines and the prompt to start writing your 24-hour literary masterpiece! If you can’t make it to the CWC, the prompt will be posted on Facebook (@CommunityWritingCenter) and Instagram (@slcc_cwc) at 6:00 p.m.

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

IronPen Writing Workshop:

This workshop will introduce you to the IronPen Marathon and Ultramarathon Writing Contest. Learn tips for writing competitively and discuss elements of our three competition options: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Makers Workshop: Summer Solstice Tarot Decks:

In honor of summer solstice and its themes of transition, renewal, transformation, and connection, this workshop will explore the basics of writing and creating a tarot deck that explores those themes. Participants will learn about the importance of memoir, nature, and reflective writing in creating a tarot deck that is unique and meaningful to each person. We’ll explore how to infuse tarot writing and creating with our experiences, hopes, cultures, memories, desires, fears, and much more. We’ll also explore some basic visual design and symbolic representation principles.

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

La poesía : medio de expresión. Verso libre :

En este taller práctico exploraremos las posibilidades que brinda la poesía para expresar y comunicar  nuestra percepción de la realidad y nuestra relación con ella. Veremos qué es el lenguaje figurado y ejemplos en poetas latinoamericanos. Crearemos poesía desde nuestra relación con la realidad, o la fantasía.

Saturday, June 24th

Writing with the Senses Workshop for Kids:

Make up a short story, poem, or other writing forms by being immersed in different sensory experiences, including senses that we often don’t talk about or think about like proprioception and balance. You’ll also explore senses that humans don’t have such as echolocation and electroception.

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hawaii’s Poet Laureate, Kealoha:

Join Hawaii’s Poet Laureate, Kealoha, for an afternoon of poetry and community.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Graphic Novel & Novella Techniques: Intermediate Workshop:

For graphic storytellers who already know the basics elements of graphic novels and novellas. This workshop covers specific techniques for creating graphic novels and novellas from inking and coloring styles to page layout and story structure. Artist Nash Hutto will also answer questions and give feedback on participants’ work.

6 p.m.

Wasatch IronPen Literary Marathon and Ultramarathon ENDS!

All submissions are due by 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 24. Participants must submit online via Submittable.

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Taller de Poesía #2:

La Poesía y los sentidos: manifestaciones culturales y objetos hispanoamericanos como fuente de creación. En este taller usaremos nuestros sentidos para explorar algunos objetos de la cotidianidad de distintas regiones de hispanoamérica: objetos artesanales, tipos de maíz, cacao y escucharemos segmentos de música tradicional. Crearemos poesía desde nuestros sentidos.

8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Screenwriting Workshop :

Writers with a passion for telling stories via cinema will learn about the basics of multimedia storytelling. This workshop is designed for aspiring screenwriters with little experience. Come learn how to develop your story idea/ideas for the screen.

Sunday, June 25th

12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Wasatch IronPen Winners Reading at Wordfest Stage:

Winners of the IronPen Marathon and Ultramarathon Competition announced at the Wordfest Stage. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be invited to read from their IronPen works.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Summer Travel & Nature Writing Workshop for Teens:

Adventure awaits! Join us on a journey exploring the elements and types of travel and nature writing. During this workshop, we will work together to tell stories about traveling close to home and far away, and how our connections to the natural world can be part of travel writing. We’ll also make our own maps to plot our memories and stories. Adventurers and writers from 11-17 are welcome.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Songwriting Workshop:

Learn about song structure, lyrical writing, the power of place in songs, the history of protest songs, overcoming writing blocks, and more in this workshop. Join us as we discuss the power of storytelling, place, and protest in songwriting and learn how to write our own song/protest song. Come with a song idea in mind or to find inspiration.

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Summer Fling: Romance Writing Workshop:

Did it get hot in here? Or is it our Arts Fest summer romance writing workshop? Whether you’re interested in unrequited love, tragic love poems, Y/N fanfiction, slash fiction, or gay cowboy romance, love is a big genre in writing. It doesn’t matter if you’re a hopeless romantic, certified lover or beginner writer, come join us to learn the tips, tricks, and get help to make writing love and romance a cool breeze in this summer heat.

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Open Mic:

Join the CWC as we close out the 2023 Arts Fest by sharing your own spoken-word art, music, etc. All musicians, poets, spinner of tales, comedians, and lovers of the same are encouraged to participate.

All-day Activities

Have Your Say!: Gigantic Magnetic Poetry Walls

Everyone can be a poet, especially with gigantic magnetic words! Come share your words on the CWC’s magnetic poetry walls.

Write Fest Activities

Stop by the Community Writing Center any time to participate in a variety of fun writing activities. Create a pocket zine, add to our comicbook panels, craft a “cycling in the city” story, create found poetry, participate in the story scavenger hunt, write flash wilderness and “travel” essays or flash fiction, write a letter to share in our Letter Box vending machine and/or receive a letter from a stranger, write a line to a song for our community song-building wall, attend one of our ten-minute flash workshops on creating characters/world building/haiku writing/making photo essays, spin our writing-prompt wheel and write a story, make a paper crane as part of our goal to make one thousand paper cranes with community during the Arts Fest.

Look for the CWC’s Book Bike at Arts Fest. We’re giving away CWC publications and swag.

Call for Submissions!

The Power of Storytelling: Community Voices Collection

Calling writers, artists, and photographers to share their written, visual, and performance-based stories for our "The Power of Storytelling: Community Voices Collection. This call for submissions and the upcoming publication it sponsored and facilitated by the Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center (CWC). Storytelling has been and will continue to be central to developing cultural and personal identities, challenging systems of power and oppression, unerasing and amplifying the histories and voices of diverse communities, exploring and connecting to the myriad ways that storytellers respond to big questions about what it means to be human, and much more. Thus, the CWC is seeking to collect and publish stories that represent the dynamic, complex, and diverse people who live or have lived in Salt Lake City.

Stories can take the form of many genres, structures, and art forms: poetry, essays, dramas, short fiction, hybrid and experimental forms like graphic novellas, visual art, music, etc. Writers, Artists, Musicians, Dancers, and Photographers of all experience levels are invited to submit. We may ask for revisions and edits where relevant.

NOTE: if you are a member of one or more of the CWC's Community Writing Series groups, you are strongly encouraged to submit a piece or pieces you've been working on with your writing group.

If you'd like to join or create a CWC Community Writing Series group, contact Elisar Soueidi ( or Kati Lewis ( Go here for more information on our Community Writing Series:

We reserve the right not to publish submissions that fall outside of the scope and intentions of this publication project.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2023

The CWC will host "The Power of Storytelling: Community Voices" reading and launch celebration on September 13, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. at the Center. Stay tuned for more details on this celebration.