Salt Lake Teens Write & Anthology

The Salt Lake Teens Write (SLTW) program is a series of intensive writing workshops to help teens develop their skills and passion for creative writing.

All teens entering grades 9-12 this fall are eligible to participate in this program.

Cohorts will meet for three weeks for intensive workshops and publication processes and will work together and separately to create amazing works of writing and engage in their creative passions. There are three separate cohorts that meet at different times during the year. Teens are welcome to participate in all three of the cohorts.

At the end of the year, all the writing cohorts will come together to collaborate on an anthology publication and public reading to celebrate the different texts they have created during the year.

We encourage all teens 15-18 in the Salt Lake Valley to submit their poetry, short stories, short memoirs, personal essays, photography, artwork, etc. for publication in our SLTW Anthology.

  • Deadline: November 23, 2021
  • The SLTW 2021 Anthology reading will be held on December 8th at 7pm
  • Click here to submit.
  • View the 2021 SLTW Anthology "Forms in Blue" by clicking below.

View Forms in Blue

Meeting Times For SLTW Writing Cohorts

The Teens Write Cohort will be hosted online via Instagram Live and a Salt Lake Teens Write Website.

  • Spring Teens Write Cohort:
    • Online Every Tuesday and Thursday from March 8-25, 2022. Tuesdays will be 90 minute workshops, and Thursdays will be for one-on-one coaching sessions with those who sign up.
  • Summer Teens Write Cohort: Fantasy
    • Online every Tuesday and Friday (1-2 p.m.) from July 20-August 6, 2021
  • Fall Teens Write Cohort: Horror & Monsters
    • Online every Tuesday (5-6 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m.-noon) from Oct. 5-23, 2021

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Participant Experiences

“Having only had a public education setting for my English instruction so far, it sounded like heaven when our teacher told us about an opportunity to get connected with a personal writing mentor! Working with someone one-on-one has been extremely valuable to me. I love being able to bounce ideas and brainstorm with someone. Going over what I’ve written so far has been so helpful. Right now we are working on flash fiction and short stories, and I am focusing on how to create better imagery and engage the reader more fully. I love the freedom of subject I have here! In school our writing is so restricted and regimented; on our own it’s really difficult to find anyone to help you. I feel like this program has really given me the opportunity to grow so much more than I would have otherwise.”

Patti Keene

“My Language Arts teacher told me that I should participate in Salt Lake Teens Write because it will help me become a better writer. I learned a lot in this program so far because I have such a great mentor; I learned how to write a scholarship essay and a resume. So far it is a good experience. Writing together is great because I have developed a lot of cool, awesome tools to be creative. The most rewarding thing about this program is working with my mentor and just having the opportunity to learn new writing skills.”

Abdikadir Eftin

Featured Works from Salt Lake Teens Write

Fear
Kayle Orantes

Fear of falling.
Fear of dying.
Fear of loneliness.
Fear of darkness.
Fear of failure.
Fear of oppressors.
Fear of time.

We all have fears.
But why do we only look at fears when we have

The strength to soar
The ability to live forever in our hearts
The knowledge that there is always someone around us
The bravery to have a light within
The courage to keep pushing towards your dream
The power to stand up for someone
The knowledge that the passing of time is inevitable so we make our movement now.


I am from Wires
Emma Flanigan

I am from wires,
crackling
with electricity, moving
like a maze.
Listen closely, hear the
hum?
Soft, quiet, consistent.
Look closely.
See the wires twist into
an antagonistic snake, hissing, and turning out
of sight?
When the humming stops, the
snake will be
dead.


View the full Salt Lake Teens Write anthology