Let Rob Carney Jump Start Your Writing!

Writers at Work is hosting a day-long poetry workshop with accomplished local poet, Rob Carney. The title of the workshop is WORD PYROMANIA: EXERCISES THAT CAN SPARK.  


WHERE: Salt Lake City, UT


The playwright Tom Stoppard was once asked, “Where do your ideas come from?” He answered, “I wish I knew. I’d move there.” Nevertheless, he’s had a career full of ideas, and he’s shaped them into great plays. For instance, a friend gave him a note once, telling him Freud, Lenin, and James Joyce all lived on the same block in Zurich in 1916 and he should write a play about it. It turned out to be true and that the dadaist Tristan Tzara lived nearby also, but no play arose from those facts until Stoppard discovered that Joyce and a minor diplomat named Henry Carr were embroiled in a lawsuit and counter suit over the cost of a suit. Carr had purchased it as his costume for the part of Jack Worthing in Joyce’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, and Joyce wouldn’t pay him back. The play is called Travesties. It’s pretty brilliant. And the point is that it probably came not from facts and ideas but from fun with language, from the multiple meanings of the word “suit.”

This poetry workshop will be about fun with words. We’ll do exercises less about whamming our ideas into lines for poems and more about letting language discover what it wants to. Come with pens, paper, and a readiness to see what some new exercises might compel you to discover.

COST: $100 (includes lunch)

To register, contact Jennifer at 801-996-3313 or jennifer@writersatwork.org. SPACE IS LIMITED.


ROB CARNEY is a two-time winner of the Utah Book Award for Poetry and the author of three previous books and three chapbooks of poems, including Story Problems and Weather Report from Somondoco Press. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, Redactions, River Styx, Sugar House Review, other journals, as well Flash Fiction Forward (Norton 2006). In 2014 he received the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry. He is a Professor of English at Utah Valley University.

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Conference Registration Now Open!

**Update May 16, 2015: Judith Barrington’s workshop is full. Act today to secure your spot with Ann Hood, Alison Hawthorne Deming, or Lance Larsen!

Online registration is now available for the Writers@Work Conference being held from June 10-13, 2015, at the Commanders House on the University of Utah campus. This June, Writers@Work continues its long tradition of small, intensive workshops in inspiring settings with award-winning authors.

This year’s faculty includes Ann Hood (fiction), Alison Hawthorne Deming (poetry), Judith Barrington (creative nonfiction), and Lance Larsen (multi-genre).

Get all the details, workshop descriptions, and registration information on our dedicated 2015 Conference page, then secure your spot by registering today. Space is limited.

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2015 Fellowship Competition Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted work to the annual Fellowship Competition.

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners!

FictionFirst Place: We Work in Miraculous Cages, Brenda Peynado

Non-Fiction First Place: In Between Places, Lucy Bryan

PoetryFirst Place: Some Women and Other Poems, Jessica Glover

Learn more about 2015 winners and finalists.

2015 Competition Judges


Prizes (Awarded in each category)

  • First Place: $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, tuition for the 2015 conference, and featured reading.
  • Second Place: $250.
  • Third Place: $200 conference tuition reduction.

You can find all the details, eligibility, and submissions guidelines on our Fellowship Competition page.


Read the 2014 winning entries in Quarterly West,  Issue 83, and then prepare your own work for this year’s Fellowship Competition. Submissions open until January 31, 2015!

2014 Fellowship Competition Winners:

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