Literary Arts Workshops

Literary Arts Workshops

Join the SLCC Community Writing Center (CWC) and the Utah Arts Festival for four days packed with fun writing activities for all, from workshops for kids and adults to the annual Wasatch IronPen competition. For information on performing literary artists at the Big Mouth Stage, visit the Literary Performances page.

Community Writing Center Workshops

The following workshops are held at the CWC on Library Square under the Crescent Wall.

Have Your Say!: Gigantic Magnetic Poetry Walls

Daily, SLCC Community Writing Center

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

Write Fest Activities

Daily, SLCC Community Writing Center

Stop by the Community Writing Center any time to participate in a variety of fun writing activities. Create a pocket zine, write a postcard story, and visit the Letter Box vending machine!

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Wasatch IronPen Literary Marathon and Ultra Marathon

Fri, June 22 - Sat, June 23

Artists of the written word face off in a 24-hour writing competition. Adult and Youth writers can participate in one of three categories (Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry) or can take on the Ultra IronPen challenge and write in all three categories. 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 1, 2019 at the Community Writing Center (located at Library Square) or at After receiving the prompt on Friday, writers will have exactly 24 hours to write. Visit for more details or call 801-957-2192.

All submissions are due by 5:30PM on Sat, June 22. Participants can deliver paper copies to the Community Writing Center or can submit online.

  • Registration Fees: IronPen ($10) and Ultra IronPen ($15); registration opens on May 1 and closes on Friday, June 22 at 5:30PM.
  • Submissions must be delivered to the CWC or submitted online no later than 5:30PM, Saturday, June 24.
  • Youth and Adult competitions judged separately and anonymously. Awards are subject to change based on submissions and judges’ discretion.

Workshops in the Main Library

These workshops are all held in the Special Collections Room on the 4th floor of the Library.

In conjunction with Utah Humanities, no ticket is necessary to attend these workshops and open mic.

Be sure to catch great workshops including:

  • Poetry with Lance Larson
  • Slam Poetry with Jesse Parent
  • Storytelling with Lynn Wing
  • Cowboy Poetry with Sam DeLeeuw
  • Western Fiction with Rod Miller
  • Open Mic hosted by Write About Now

See complete schedule below in the Main Library Special Collections Room.


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