The Rock Canyon Poets, in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, presents “Inspired,” a free community poetry writing workshop in October. This year’s theme is Self-Portrait Poems. In this workshop, participants learn how to create poems using writing prompts focused on expression of the self. Offered annually in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival by Rock Canyon Poets & Pioneer Book, this workshop is presented in two parts virtual sessions, followed by a virtual poetry reading. Participants are encouraged to submit their poem to be included in a printed anthology and contributors will receive a free copy.


Virtual events (platform TBD)

How to Sign-up: 

To sign-up, email your name and contact information to Attendance is limited. Come ready to write!


Oct. 6, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Workshop Part #1: share prompts, craft demonstration, writing exercises

Oct. 20, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Workshop Part #2: workshop first draft of poems

Oct. 27, 2020, midnight – Final poem submission due for anthology

Nov. 10, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Virtual anthology launch party, contributors reading, anthologies will be mailed

The Utah Humanities Book Festival runs from September 10 – October 31 with events in several cities throughout Utah. For more information, visit their web site

Co-founded by Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen and Trish Hopkinson in January 2015, Rock Canyon Poets was established to develop camaraderie among Utah Valley poets, provide consistent workshopping and reading opportunities, and promote the disciplined study of writing poetry as a serious art form. Members meet twice a month at Pioneer Book in historic downtown Provo. The group sponsors poetry readings and an open mic on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Membership is by invitation or portfolio submission only.