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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Spring 2018 Workshops

Screenwriting Workshop for Teens

Saturday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The first step to writing a screenplay is developing a compelling cinematic idea. Join the CWC and SLCPL to explore the world of visual storytelling. Topics covered will include character development, screenplay format, and story structure. This workshop is for teens ages 14-18.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: City Library - 3rd floor conference room, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City

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Grant Writing basics

Fridays, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 & March 2, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
5-part workshop

Do you need funding for your project or nonprofit program but don’t know where to start? Government and private funding organizations often have money to give and only require that you make a persuasive case. Join the SLCC Community Writing Center for an interactive workshop on the basics of grant writing.

Cost: $100. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 E 400 S Ste. 8, Salt Lake City

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Writing For Change: Social Media

Saturday, Feb. 3, 3-5 p.m.

Social media (like Facebook and Twitter, to name a couple) are now one of the most common means to spread ideas and information in our world. While social media offers great tools for exchanging ideas and opinions, it can also create conflict and problems. In this workshop, you will learn how to best structure your social media posts to engage and persuade in a positive and productive way.

Cost: Free. No registration required.
Location: Day-Riverside Library, 1575 W 1000 N, Salt Lake City

Writing For Change: Letter Writing

Saturday, Feb. 17, 3-5 p.m.

Does change in democracy require civic dialogue? If so, where is it and who gets to talk? Or write? Join the CWC during this legislative session to learn techniques of writing for change through letters to editors and public officials. Come with a concern and stay to write a letter with the help of CWC writing coaches.

Cost: Free. No registration required.
Location: City Library, 4th Floor Conference Room, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City

Scholarship & College Applications for Teens

Saturday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join the Community Writing Center as we explore science fiction. How does it work? What makes it unique, and why is it becoming so popular? We’ll take some time to explore sci-fi’s history and examine what makes “good” sci-fi, as well as read some great short stories, before finally crafting our own sci-fi short story.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: City Library, 4th Floor Conference Room, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City

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Time to Revise

Wednesday, Mar. 7, 6-8 p.m.

Bring in any finished piece of writing you have and get some group feedback from writers like you!

Cost: $10. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 E 400 S Ste. 8, Salt Lake City

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Children's books

Wednesday, Mar. 14 & 21, 6-8 p.m.
2-part workshop

Craft tales for the children in your life and learn techniques for engaging young readers. We’ll explore a range of genres for young readers from magazine articles to picture books.

Cost: $20. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 E 400 S Ste. 8, Salt Lake City

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Visual Poetry Series for Teens

Explore the intersections of visual art and poetry in a series of workshops at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. Attend one or all of the workshops. These workshops are for teens, 13-18.

Cost: Free. No registration required.
Location: UMOCA, 20 S West Temple 

Self Portrait Poems

Saturday, Mar. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Create a visual self-portrait with words.

Stencil Poems

Saturday, Mar. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Create a foam stencil that you can use to add poetry to any surface.

Comic Strip Poems

Saturday, Mar. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Create or adapt a poem into a comic strip.

Poetry Posters

Saturday, Mar. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Use basic design and printing skills to create a poster of your favorite poem.

National Poetry Writing Month Series

Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21 & 28, 1-3 p.m.
4-part workshop 

April is National Poetry Month! Join the CWC for a workshop series celebrating poetry in all its glory! We’ll explore various genres of poetry, learn to compose poems, and practice revising and sharing our work. We also encourage you to submit to our 30 Poems in 30 Days contest – winners will have a chapbook of their original work published by the CWC.

Cost: $40. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 E 400 S Ste. 8, Salt Lake City

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Resumes & cover Letters

Wednesday, May 2 & 9, 6-8 p.m.
2-part workshop

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: CWC, 210 E 400 S Ste. 8, Salt Lake City

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