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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SUmmer 2018 Workshops

A Story is Born: Writing Birth Stories

May 19 (Sat), 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

All parents have stories to tell about the birth of their children. Whether it’s been weeks or years since you gave birth or participated in birth, this workshop will give you an opportunity to preserve your memories and honor your experience. During the workshop, we will talk about birth stories and begin drafting our own. Feel free to bring headphones and music, photos of the birth or of your child, and other mementos that may inspire you.

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

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Publishing: What's It All About?

May 23 (Wed), 6-8 p.m.

Let’s talk about publishing! This workshop will cover all the different ways to get published and discuss some pros and cons of each. Prepare to dive in to the world of publishing!

Cost: $20. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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2-part workshop
June 6 & 13 (Wed), 6-8 p.m.

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

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Wild: Writing about Nature and the Environment

2-part workshop
June 9 & 16 (Sat), 1-3 p.m.

What is humanity's responsibility to the environment? Are you inspired by nature? Do your favorite memories take place outside? Have you witnessed the degradation or exploitation of natural spaces you adore? This workshop will help you reflect, learn from, and share stories from your experiences in nature and with the environment.

Cost: $20. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Creative Writing Basics

4-part workshop
July 5, 12, 19, & 26 (Thurs), 6-8 p.m.

Join the CWC in this workshop on the basics of creative writing. Come with a story in mind or a desire to learn. All levels welcome.

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

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The Community Writing Center’s Guide to Sci-Fi

3-part workshop
July 11, 18, & 25 (Wed), 6-8 p.m.

Join the CWC 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: $30. Registration is required.
Location: CWC, 210 E 400 S Ste. 8, Salt Lake City

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FREEFest! Youth Workshop Series

4-part workshop
July 25-28 (Wed-Sat), 1-3 p.m.

Join us for a series of FREE workshops for young adults (ages 15-19) who are out of school or are just in need of some fun, crafty things to do over the summer. We encourage participants to come to one or all of our workshops – whatever works for you!

Cost: Free. No registration required.
Location: CWC, 210 E 400 S Ste. 8, Salt Lake City

Wednesday: XYZine

Join us on our first day to make a zine. Zines, if you’re wondering, are handmade, self-published, self-distributed publications. They’re gritty, a little punk, and a lot of fun. We’ll look at what goes into making them and help you put your own together.

Thursday: Book-Making

Come learn some basic book-binding skills and create a one-of-a-kind book that’ll last the ages – no matter the use. We’ll teach you how to put your own book together and give you some tips on how to start filling it out while you’re here.

Friday: EnTwined

Come learn how to build your own Twine game! “Twine," basically, is interactive fiction. This free, online software weaves PC/internet age technology and storytelling together for a virtual experience that is something like “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” meets video games.  No coding experience necessary.

Saturday: Poetr?

On this day, we will be exploring all the unusual and unconventional ways to write a poem. We will be creating our own “blackout” poems, dip our toes into the world of surrealism with Dada poetry, and more. Come make a mess of poetry and all things poetic!

Pet Memoirs

2-part workshop
August 8 & 15 (Wed), 6-8 p.m. 

Have you ever wanted to capture the story of your beloved pet in a story, a book, or a blog? Join the CWC to explore the world of pet memoir. Topics covered will include setting, chronology, tone, dialogue, images, and design. All levels welcome.

Cost: $20. Registration is required. 
Location: CWC, 210 East 400 South #8

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Grant Writing

5-part workshop
August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 (Fri), 10-12 p.m.

Do you need money 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 East 400 South #8

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