Creative Writing at Scottsdale Community College

Creative Writing Classes

Summer & Fall 2020 Classes – Coming Soon

Click on the typewriter to download information about
SCC’s Creative Writing Certificate Program

Students interested in the Creative Writing Certificate should
speak with the Creative Writing Program Director for advisement
prior to registering for classes.
Sandra Desjardins      480-423-6415

Student Retro Muse Schedule

The Retro Muse is a favorite place for SCC’s artists to share their writing,
music, art, acting, singing, and dancing. It’s the coolest artist hangout for
students (as well as faculty)!  The open mic format is relaxed and informal,
so come participate, relax, and enjoy!

SCC Vortex
Creative Writing & Art Contest

Every Spring Semester, SCC provides its students with a one of a kind Creative Writing and Art competition called Vortex. Students may submit writing in Poetry, Short Story, Creative Non-Fiction (personal essay), and Playwriting/Script as well as in Art (all types). The deadline is always the Friday before Spring Break, and the exciting
awards reception is held the last week of April.

Contest Entry Website
Contest Guidlines

Vortex 2020 Submission due date
is 11:30 PM on Friday, March 6th.

The Vortex Awards Reception

Winning students of the Creative Writing & Art Contest receive awards, and their writing and art are published in the award winning magazine, Vortex.
This is a signature SCC event and the primary showcase of student success
in art and writing.  All participants must be current SCC students.
Tickets for the Vortex Awards Reception will be available after Spring Break for
purchase online at for $20 each.
Please note that there will only be a limited number of tickets available for
purchase the night of the event with cash or check only.

For more information about tickets please contact the LC Office at or 480-423-6459.

The 2020 Vortex Award Reception will be held at
Scottsdale Community College
on Thursday, April 30th, at 7:00 PM

2019 Vortex Book

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 Vortex Winners!

2019 Winners in Writing

Alex Ruiz-Vasquez
Alyson DiGiovanni
Bree Hoffman
Brooke Beebe
Camila Mundo Uzarraga
Joy Gregory
Kate Price
Konrad Ashby
Kristina Morgan
Marcus Campbell
Marie Tomisato
Robert Buchanan
Rosario Escarcega
Steph Rubin
Stephanie Cortes
Patrick Underwood
Thomas Hartwell

2019 Winners in Art

Angelika Zgainer
Barbara Goldberg
Bonnie Lewis
Elaine Karcher
Eleanor Babbitt
Ellen Nemetz
Gloria Langer
Joanne Gallery
Judy Feldman
Junko Kinoshita
Kathy Dioguardi
Levi Johnson
Suzanne Black
William Goren

2019 Winners in Native Voices

Terisa Leonard
Reyna Solis
Preslie Thompson

Questions regarding the Vortex or for more information about submissions and the upcoming awards reception please contact Sandra Desjardins at (480) 423‑6415, or, or the
LC Office at (480) 423‑6459, or

2018 VORTEX Placed 2nd Place overall in the
Community College Humanities Association,
Southwestern Region, 2018 Literary Magazine Competition.

Congrats to our WRITING STUDENTS who have received remarkable accolades:


1st Place
“City Code”
By: Alexia Jones

2nd Place
“1994 Toyota Pick-Up”
By: Krysta Evans

Click here for more information about the Annual
Creative Writing & Art Competition and Vortex publication.

Help Preserve Vortex, the SCC Student Magazine of Writing and Art!

This event is made possible through donations made from community members,
faculty, staff, and students. If you would like to help preserve Vortex, the only showcase for SCC students’ excellence in creative writing and art, you can do
so online through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. Be sure to select Scottsdale CC and “Vortex Student Publication” when making your donation.
All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Click Here to Make Your Donation Today
Designation: Vortex Student Publication

Maricopa County Community College
District Creative Writing Contest

Each year, the Maricopa Community Colleges sponsors a district-wide competition to encourage and recognize student writers as well as to promote literary excellence. Each year’s publication showcases originality in essay, fiction, one act-play/script, and poetry.

Winning entries are notified in January each year by the Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction (MCLI). Winning students will receive cash awards, be published in Maricopa’s literary magazine, Passages, and be recognized at the Artists of Promise on April 23, 2020, at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix, AZ.

Also, the first-place winners in each category will be submitted by the district to then compete at the National Level in the League of Innovation in the Community Colleges Creative Writing Competition.

First place winners receive $300
Second place winners receive $200
Third place winners receive $100

Competition Details & College Contacts can be found at:

Recent Editions of Passages
2018-2019 Edition
2017-2018 Edition

2019 Award Winners will be announced soon!

Congratulations to the 2018 SCC Student winners
in the 2018-2019 District Creative Writing Competition.

Deborah Inman, SCC, 2nd Place

Bree Hoffman, SCC, 3rd Place

Robin Hartwell, SCC, 2nd Place
Cielo Aguilar, SCC, Honorable Mention

For additional information about the District competition visit

 To Be, Rather than To Seem:
League for Innovation National Student Literary Competition 2017-2018 Announcement

 Personal Essay/Nonfiction  
Second Place, Bree Hoffman for “Rage”
Scottsdale Community College, Maricopa Community Colleges

One-Act Plays
Second Place, Adam Cadena for “A Glitch in the Turing Test”
Scottsdale Community College, Maricopa Community Colleges 

These awards are major accomplishments for these hard working writing students,
and we at SCC
celebrate their successes!