I’ve lived in West Jordan for twenty years, my family and I love it here. It’s been fun to watch it grow, spread out, and “grow up.” I am thrilled to see the city embracing the arts and beyond grateful that I get to be a part of it.
The Cultural Arts Society of West Jordan is here to help all our citizens explore their creative interests—including the literary arts, which is my jam!
The Literary Arts Society has six main branches to help you discover your interests and develop your talents:
Teen Writers: Kayla Payne, a senior at West Jordan High School, represents teen writers in our area. In association with the West Jordan Library, Kayla’s organized a teen writers group to meet the first and third Mondays of the month at 3:00 at the library. Of course, that’s on hold until we are free to congregate once more. I’ll mentor the group, but we’ll have authors come to talk to you about a whole variety of topics to help you become the best you can be. Kayla’s also planning a summer program for teen writers, so stay tuned for that!
Fiction: That’s my territory! I’ll be providing workshops to help writers at all levels, from
absolute beginner to expert. My specialty is young adult fiction, and my co-chair,
author/illustrator Mikey Brooks specializes in younger audiences. Also, we’ll be bringing in
guest authors to teach a variety of topics as well.
Nonfiction & Poetry: We’re lucky (and grateful!) to have author Jef Huntsman on our team. Jef will provide programming for the poets out there, as well as nonfiction (including memoirs), and will be working with me to bring you classes on writing adult fiction.
Storytelling: Master storyteller, James Luter, is passionate about storytelling and is excited to
help you learn more about this popular art form.
Scriptwriting/Playwriting: Chelsea Dong was the first person I thought of to head up this sub-
committee. She’s passionate about drama and film and is excited to help develop the new script and play writers in our community. Join Chelsea on the second Saturday of every month at 11:00 a.m. in Conference Room 331 in City Hall for The Screenwriters Room. This club for aspiring writers will dissect pre-selected/watched movies to learn the ins and outs of storytelling for the theatric arts. Of course, it is on hold for the time being.
We’ve already hosted a class for beginning screenwriters and ran a pitch contest where the
winner won a free pass to the Screenwriters Workshop at the LDS Film Festival. It was a great
As a committee, we plan to bring you more opportunities to learn and chances to submit your work for chances to win amazing prizes!