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                  new and exciting Creative Writing Certificate Program 

Meet the SCC Creative Writing Faculty:

  Sandra Desjardins, Director of the Creative Writing and Certificate Programs 

Sandra Desjardins received her M.A. from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada where she worked with Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, MichaelOndaatje, and Alice Monroe. She received her M.F.A. from Columbia University where she worked with Carolyn Forchè, John Iriving, Galway Kinnell, Bernard Malamud, Sharon Olds, and Toni Morrison. She was a writing fellow at the Breadloaf Writer’s Workshop in Middlebury College, Vermont, and recipient of the Tennessee Williams Award in Poetry from the Literary Council for the Arts in New York City.  While attending Columbia University, Sandra was an intern at the P.E.N. American Center in New York while Norman Mailer was president.  She wrote the section of the P.E.N. newsletter that focused on writers of witness around the world who were in prison, missing, or prevented from leaving their countries.  Her poetry is published in literary journals and arts magazines.  Sandra coordinates SCC’s Creative Writing and Art competition and the publication of SCC’s nationally award winning literary magazine, Vortex.

  Dr. Jared Aragona

Dr. Jared L. Aragona earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Arizona and has been teaching courses in writing, literature, and mythology at Scottsdale Community College since 2005.  He is the author of the interplanetary fantasy series Stories from the Circle.  In 2011, his Stories from the Circle: Apprentice won the Glyph Award for Best Literary Fiction from Arizona Book Publishing Association.
Jonathan Danielson is a frequent contributor to the award-winning Feathertale Review, and his work has been published in The Saturday Evening Post, Juked, Southern California Review, Monday Night, The Santa Fe Writers Project, Gravel, Able Muse Press, and others. He received his MFA from University of San Francisco, and currently serves as Assistant Fiction Editor for Able Muse Press.


   Jonathan Danielson


  Matthew Healey

  Dr. Susan Moore

Susan Moore has been a residential faculty member at SCC for 21 years and has been teaching Creative nonfiction for 19 years. Before SCC she taught at Arizona State University and Cyril and Methodus University in Macedonia. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian studies, a Master’s Degree in Linguistics, and her doctorate work is in Classical Studies. She is currently serving as Division Chair of English, World Languages, and Journalism.


  Matthew Parker

Matthew Parker is the author of the graphic novel Larceny In My Blood: A Memoir of Heroin, Handcuffs, and Higher Education, which chronicles his transition from Arizona State prisoner 87078 to Scottsdale Community College honor student. After two years at SCC he transferred to the honors college of ASU, where he earned a BA in English Literature, and then went on to graduate from Columbia University’s prestigious MFA program. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Guernica, The Rumpus, and The East Valley Tribune, as well as our own beloved Vortex. He currently lives ex post facto in Scottsdale.                          

  Mark Young


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                                   download the Spring 2015 schedule 


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instructions for the MCCCD Creative Writing Contest

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