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Welcome to SCC’s Creative Writing Homepage!

To view SCC’s e-schedule for Spring 2014, please click
on the typewriter below.

SCC’s e-schedule


        The Retro Muse Coffee House

Open mic for writers and musicians on Thursdays!

Here is the the spring schedule:



Meet the accomplished Creative Writing faculty:

Sandra Desjardins:  SCC Creative Writing Program Coordinator

Sandra received her MA from the University of Windsor where she worked with Joyce Carol Oates and Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient).  Her MFA is from Columbia University in New York City where she worked with John Irving, Carolyn Forche, Robert Hass, and Sharon Oldes.  She also worked for Norman Mailer at P.E.N., the international writer’s organization, and as Patricia Kennedy Lawford’s assistant with the Lincoln Center Readings Series.  Her extended studies in writing and literature include Breadloaf Writer’s Workshop in Middlebury, Vermont;  Hofstra University; Portland State University; Princeton University; and Chicago State University.  She was awarded the Tennessee Williams Award in Poetry from the Literary Council for the Arts in New York City, and was the recipient of an NEH grant to study oral tradition in Eastern epic traditions.  She also received a Great Teacher’s Award and Innovator of the year award in MCCCD and served as president of the Southwest Division of the National Community College Humanities Association.  Sandra coordinates the SCC The Retro Muse Coffee House, an open mic venue for writers and musicians, as well as Vortex, the SCC Creative Writing and Art Competition. For more information, please see the link below.

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:
won the Glyph Award for Best Literary Fiction from Arizona Book Publishing Association.

Matt Healy

Matthew Scott Healy earned an MFA in Fiction from the Ohio State University in 2005. His work
has appeared in Blackbird and Cutbank, and he is currently working on a novel about criminal
rehabilitation. He is the recipient of the Finnely Award for Humorous Short Fiction, and his
story “Always the Obvious Places” was nominated for Story South as the most notable story of
2010. You can read more in his interview with The Superstition Review.


Matthew Parker




Matthew Parker is the author of the graphic novel (see course flyer below) Larceny In My Blood: A Memoir of
Heroin, Handcuffs,and Higher Education. The book 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 went on to graduate from Columbia
University’s prestigious MFA program. His work has appeared in in The New York Times, The Daily Beast,
, The Rumpus, and The East Valley Tribune, among others. He currently lives in Scottsdale.
Click on the graphic below to see Larceny in my Blood at Amazon


Mark Young
Mark Young received his Bachelor’s in English from the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks), and his
MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University. He has published interviews, short stories, cartoons,
and/or poems in The Door, The Christian Reader, Vortex, Aperçus Journal, The Gila River Review,
MCC’s Anthology, and his mother’s scrapbooks. He is currently completing a collection of poetry
entitled Motion His Only Defense.

Vortex, SCC Creative Writing and Art Competition:
Every Spring Semester

Details for 2014

Submission Form for Writing
Submission Form for Art
Submission Form for Native Voices
Download the Vortex Awards Reception Information
(click on the ticket for purchasing information)

Pen Art Award Info


SCC Hosts MCCCD Emerging Writers Reading!

April 24th, 7:00 pm at Winfield’s Cafe in Scottsdale


Questions?  Please contact Sandra Desjardins
by clicking on the image.


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