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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 Journaling for Mental Health, Poetry, Novel Writing, Songwriting, Food Memoirs, 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 twenty-four hours 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.

Register for Workshops

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.


Spring 2024 Workshops

The Worldly Difference Between Plot and Story

1-part workshop
Thursday, February 22, 6-8 pm

Dynamic world building while creating realistic characters within a story can be tricky, especially when it comes to the plot. Often writers miss an important plot point while building their worlds and inventing the characters who will live in them. What is the difference between plot and story? Join the CWC as we delve into shaping stories with compelling plots while also exploring the important differences between "story" and "plot."

Cost: 15$. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR The Worldly Difference Between Plot and Story

Color Collective Workshop: Immigration and Migration - The Borders that Create Us

1-part workshop
Saturday, February 24, 10-1 pm

Immigration and Migration explores the impact of borders and migration on the lives of individuals and communities. Join the CWC and the YWCA in this workshop where, through meaningful conversations and storytelling, participants will engage with the experiences of those who have moved across borders and the consequences of such journeys.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR Color Collective Workshop: Immigration and Migration - The Borders that Create Us

She Said. Womxn’s Voices in Utah Series
Workshop 1: Queer(ing) Womxnhood in Utah

1-part workshop
Saturday, March 2, 11:30-1:30 pm

When womxnhood in Utah is discussed, queer womxn's experiences and identities are often tangential if they're discussed at all. In this workshop, we'll explore the diversity of queer womxnhood in Utah by exploring what makes queer femininity, embodiment, experiences, identities, representations, and writing unique and different from that of our non-queer counterparts. Join the CWC and Amplify Utah in this workshop where we will examine and dissect the historical and cultural impacts of the frequent erasure of queer womxn's voices and experiences in broader discussions about womxn's liberation. We’ll also explore how damaging storytelling tropes about queer womxn have been used and how we can reclaim and subvert them in our own storytelling. No previous writing experience or preparation required!

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR Queer(ing) Womxnhood in Utah

Trans Visibility Zine Making Workshop

1-part workshop
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30-8 pm

We are collaborating with The City Library for this great workshop all about zines! Zines can be written and created in a variety of formats from desktop-published text to comics, collages and stories, zines cover broad topics including fanfiction, politics, poetry, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, memoirs, identity, and many more. Historically, zines have provided community for socially silenced individuals or marginalized groups through the ability to express and pursue common ideas and subjects. For this reason, zines have cultural value as tangible traces of marginal communities. In honor of Trans Day of Visibility, we are calling our beautiful Transgender community to join us for an evening of making zines in solidarity with Trans pride and resistance. There will be an opportunity for participants to share their Zines with the community at Trans Visibility Events later in March.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR Trans Visibility Zine Making Workshop

Color Collective Workshop: Diasporas - Communities in the Making

1-part workshop
Saturday, March 9, 10-1 pm

This workshop with the CWC and the YWCA focuses on the concept of diasporas, examining how communities are formed, evolve, and thrive in different geographic and cultural contexts. Participants will explore the resilience and cultural richness of diasporic communities through personal narratives and shared stories.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR Diasporas - Communities in the Making

She Said. Womxn’s Voices in Utah Series
Workshop 2: Womxnhood in Utah

Part 1 of 2-Part workshop series
Saturday, March 16, 11:30-1:30 pm

For the last four years, Utah has been ranked the worst state for womxn’s equality in the areas of workplace environment, education, health and political empowerment. Join the CWC and Amplify Utah in this workshop where participants will have an opportunity to explore the experience of being a womxn in Utah living in these cultural and political contexts.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR Womxnhood in Utah

Madly in Love: Love Letters About Mental Health

1-part workshop
Saturday, March 16, 2-4 pm

Join us for an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and connection in our "Madly In Love" workshop. Delve into the transformative power of love through the art of mad love letter writing. This unique experience invites you to express your feelings, celebrate the highs and lows of your mental health journey, and embrace the magic and intensity of life. Discover the profound beauty in your experiences and connect with others in a supportive and inclusive space. Together, we'll explore the interplay between madness, love, and empathy, fostering a community that values and understands the unique stories of every individual.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR Madly in Love

Color Collective Workshop: Hybridity and Liminality - Against the Binaries of Existence

1-part workshop
Saturday, March 23, 10-1 pm

Hybridity and Liminality invites participants to challenge binary thinking and explore the dynamic exchange of ideas and identities that occurs through migration and globalization. Join the CWC and the YWCA in this workshop where we will delve into the commingling of cultures and ideas, fostering an appreciation for the innovative and transformative potential of hybrid identities.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR Hybridity and Liminality - Against the Binaries of Existence

Book Design and Layout

1-part workshop
Saturday, March 30, 1-3 pm

Learn the basics of book design! We will cover designing both the cover and inside pages of a book. This workshop will walk you through how to set up a document in InDesign, import text, layout pages, and add details like pages numbers and images to create an appealing design. No need to have a book finished, this workshop is for everyone in any stage of the creative process!

Cost: 15$. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR Book Design and Layout

Color Collective Workshop: Looking Towards the Future

1-part workshop
Saturday, April 6, 10-1 pm

In this culminating workshop with the CWC and the YWCA, participants have the opportunity to showcase their work, insights, and experiences with the community. In an open and supportive format, individuals will present their creative and reflective contributions, furthering connections, and strengthening the bonds formed throughout "The Color Collective" program.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR Looking Towards the Future

NaPoWriMo ’24

3-part workshop
Saturdays, April 6, 13, & 20, 1:30-3:30 pm

April is National Poetry Month! Join the CWC for a workshop series that celebrates 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: $45. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR NaPoWriMo ’24

On Leaving & Finding Home: Asian Refugee Identities & Storytelling

1-part workshop
Tuesday, April 9, 6-8 pm

Voices and stories from the Asian community contain the complexities of identity, belonging, and the myriad emotions of navigating multiple cultures in the U.S. The Leaving & Finding Home: Asian Refugee Identities & Storytelling workshop will help writers navigate these topics and create a sense of identity, community, and voice through writing. The Asian refugee and diasporic communities include but are not limited to Southeast, East, South, Central Asians, and many, many more cultures, languages, communities, and identities. Even if you are not Asian, people of other diasporas are welcome to join.

Cost: 15$. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR On Leaving & Finding Home: Asian Refugee Identities & Storytelling

Voces Profundas: Mujeres Poetas de Hispanoamérica

Taller de 1 parte. En español e inglés.
Sábado, Abril 13, 11am-1pm

Si tienes un espíritu sensible e intenso que nutre tu diario vivir, con los sentimientos que magnifica y desata la poesía, acompáñanos a explorar las obras de escritoras hispanoamericanas de diversas épocas, estilos y vivencias. La expresión del alma femenina a través de la poesía.
Deep Voices: Female Hispanic Poets

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

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Dystopian World Building

1-part workshop
Tuesday, April 23, 6-8 pm

A dystopia, also called a cacotopia or anti-utopia, relates to an imagined state or society where there is great suffering or injustice. Popular dystopian stories such as Parable of the Sower, The Handmaiden’s Tale, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and The Hunger Games novels mirror aspects of our society and show us a world that is similar, but more frightening that our own. How do you imagine your dystopian reality? Join us to go over the basic building blocks to create your ultimate dystopian world.

Cost: 15$. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR Dystopian World Building

Tengo algo que contar-I have something to say

1-part workshop
Saturday, April 27, 11-1 pm

¨We can all write, on paper our feelings are immortal¨
This workshop is open to the entire Utah community interested in displaying their writing talents and organizing them on paper. Our main purpose is to motivate everyone to participate in the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz contest for Artes de Utah México. Workshop will be in: Spanish/English.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR Tengo algo que contar

Creative Writing for Young Writers

1-part workshop
Saturday, April 27, 2-4 pm

Hey Writers ages 11-14! Join us for an interactive workshop where you share your creative ideas on things you want to write about when you sign up for this workshop, so we can create a workshop built for you! Topics such as world building, character creation, nature writing, and travel writing and more! Sign up and let us know what creative writing topics you are interested in learning more about!

Cost: Free. Registration is required.

Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8.

REGISTER FOR Creative Writing for Young Writers