Community Outreach

Note: Due to recent campus and community updates, the CWC is now closed. 

The UVU Community Writing Center (CWC), located at the Orem Public Library is a FREE resource provided to Utah Valley. We aim to service the civic and professional needs of writers throughout Utah Valley with face-to-face coaching, composition workshops, handouts, and generalized writing practice. Writing coaches are available to assist with any part of the writing process.


The CWC is home to the Write Outside Yourself Journal and a co-host for the UVU Conference on Writing for Social Change.

Write Outside Yourself Journal


Thank you for participating!

Thank you to all who contributed to Vol. 1 - Vol. 7. We've enjoyed getting to know you and reading your submissions. Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, we are temporarily suspending the Write Outside Yourself journal. We will be back with a new theme and call for submissions in Fall 2021. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Authors must be middle/junior high or high school students and live in Utah.
  • Submissions must be original; fan fiction is not allowed (no Harry Potter or Disney spin-offs).
  • Content must be appropriate for a young adult audience.
  • Submissions cannot exceed 15 typed, double-spaced pages.
  • Entries must fit within the contest theme.
  • Work must be submitted online by the due date.

Note to Authors

If your work is selected for publication, you must attend at least one revision session (via phone, Skype, or face-to-face) with a Writing Center tutor. We offer an optional second revision session, The Story Exchange, where you can meet with other authors, exchange stories, and provide/receive feedback. Finally, we will ask you to submit a finalized draft of the entry for typesetting and publication.

These revision sessions help assure that we print the best version of your submission. Failure to attend the mandatory revision session will result in your entry being removed from the published journal. Additional details will be provided to each author in the notice of publication.



Write Outside Yourself Submission Form

Journal Archive

Print copies of the Write Outside Yourself  are available for check-out at the Fulton Library. Authors may search for their volume by their name, entry title, or journal title. Access to the electronic copies are provided below: