Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop



The Leonardo Museum is excited to announce that it will hold a writing workshop for adults in the genre of creative nonfiction, led by the museum’s in-house writer and exhibit developer, Trevor Quirk. The workshop will be held on the first and third Thursday of every month, beginning June 2016, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The last session will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016. The workshop is designed for adults and has eight spots available.

Selected participants will have two opportunities to workshop their own creative nonfiction. Additionally, participants will discuss pieces published by other nonfiction writers. Featured authors will likely include John Jeremiah Sullivan, Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace, Annie Dillard and Tom Wolfe. Workshops will discuss the techniques that make certain pieces (in)effective and how the written word integrates into the mediascape of modern society. After the workshop’s conclusion, participants will read excerpts of their work at The Leonardo’s Open Mic Night, held on Friday September 23rd.




  1. Please click the “APPLY HERE” button below to apply online.  (Applying online is just the first step)
  2. Submit 5-10 typed double-spaced pages of nonfiction prose via mail or drop off at front desk of The Leonardo Museum. Pieces will not be penalized for incompleteness. Submissions should generally fall into the categories of “creative nonfiction,” “memoir,” or “literary journalism.”
  3. Applicants should include a very brief cover letter expressing why they’d like to participate in the workshop. The cover letter should also include the following information:



        Phone Number

        Email Address 


Applications are due no later than April 18th, 2016. Click the application button below to apply online.  Applicants will be notified by May 1st, 2016.  Successful applicants will be required to pay a one-time workshop fee of $15.


Mail completed applications to the following address:

ATTN Trevor Quirk

The Leonardo Museum

209 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111


You may also email Trevor Quirk directly at with your 5-10 typed double-spaced pages of writing as a form of submission.


You may also drop off your application at the front desk of the museum.



Trevor Quirk has published creative essays, literary journalism and criticism at publications like Harper’s, Texas Monthly, 5 Dials, Boston Review, New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Columbia Journalism Review, L.A. Review of Books and elsewhere. He has an M.S. in science journalism from Boston University and studied physics as an undergrad. He’s presently toiling over a novel and lives in Sugarhouse.

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