Writing Group Mentor: DiverseCity Writing Series - Gay Writes

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SLCC Community Writing Center

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Everyone Can Write!

Writing group mentors coordinate and facilitate ongoing group meetings for the SLCC Community Writing Center's (CWC) DiverseCity Writing Series (DWS). There are DWS writing groups with different emphases that meet all over Salt Lake County. As a mentor you have the opportunity to create an atmosphere where writers can share their work and receive thoughtful feedback. This helps enable the CWC’s mission of promoting writing and diversity within the community. In addition, volunteer mentors find that their own writing improves as they assist others in their writing.

This particular group, Gay Writes, welcomes all LGBTQ+ writers and other writers who support them. Members include novices and experts. They work on most forms of writing. This includes but is not limited to short stories, long fiction, essays, memoirs, poems, plays, and screenplays. Most writing would be rated PG, but the group is open to R, even somewhat beyond R. Members are highly talented, close knit, and supportive of each other.

Key Volunteer Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Track group meetings
  • Provide constructive feedback to group participants
  • Participate with your own writing
  • Be inviting to and collaborative with community writers
  • Understand group dynamics while being flexible, nonjudgmental, and creative
  • Assist in yearly group publication

Time Commitment: Gay Writes meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month from 6:30 - 8pm at the SLCC Community Writing Center at Library Square.

We ask that group mentors commit to a minimum of six months of service.

Group mentors will report to the DiverseCity Writing Series program coordinator.

A qualified mentor will be interested in the writing process, sensitive to diverse populations, patient, dependable, and open-minded.

Orientation and training for this position will be provided by the SLCC Community Writing Center. All volunteers with the Community Writing Center must first attend a volunteer orientation. Orientations are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6 pm at our location, 210 E. 400 S. Ste. 8 on the plaza at Library Square in Salt Lake City.

Thank you for your interest in strengthening our community of writers with your time and talents!

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About SLCC Community Writing Center

Location:

210 East 400 South, Ste. 8, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, US

Mission Statement

The SLCC Community Writing Center (CWC) supports, motivates and educates people of all abilities and educational backgrounds who want to use writing for practical needs, civic engagement and personal expression. The CWC is based on the principles of Education, Community, and Collaboration. The CWC has historically challenged and should continue to challenge the assumptions... that some types of writing are more valuable than others that publication validates a piece of writing that higher education is somehow separate from community education; and that higher educational institutions can know what a community needs or wants without entering into full and mutually-beneficial partnership with that community.

Description

The CWC was founded on the premise that everyone can write with assistance and support from others. Based on the model of student writing centers that most college and universities have on campus to serve student writing needs, the CWC serves the entire Salt Lake metropolitian area community.

Because of a strong commitment to the community, Salt Lake Community College funds the CWC. SLCC values the variety of learning opportunities the CWC provides and is dedicated to providing on-going support for its programs.

These programs include Writing Coaching, Writing Workshops, and the DiverseCity Writing Series. The CWC also partners with local community organizations and governmental agencies to empower their clients, staff and volunteers through writing.

The CWC opened to the public in October 2001 in the Artspace Bridge Projects multi-use complext just across the street from the Salt Lake City homeless services district. In November 2005, the CWC moved to its current location in the Plaza of the SLC Main Library.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

210 E. 400 S.Ste. 8Salt Lake City, UT 84111

(40.75993,-111.88489)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Group Facilitation
  • Reading / Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • About 6 hours a month
  • 6 month minimum committment

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