Creative Writing at Scottsdale Community College

Creative Writing Classes

Fall 2020 Classes

Click here for information on SCC’s Creative Writing Certificate Program.

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

Today starts your NEW plan, for Spring 2021.

                1. Browse the Spring 2021 classes in Find a Class, available now!
            2. Sketch out possible courses and/or a schedule that is ideal for you.
   3. Meet with an Advisor, review options and update plan: Advisor Appointments

September 22, Spring schedule published and Find a Class is open
October 5-11, Priority registration for current students
October 12, Starts open registration for any student


For the safety of our students, all events are currently canceled due to
COVID-19,  please check back later for the new event 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!

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.

The Vortex Awards Reception

Due to the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) and for the safety of our students, the
2020 Vortex Awards Reception has been canceled.  Award winners will be receiving an email with additional information regarding how and when they will receive their award.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2020 Vortex Winners!

2020 Winners in Writing


First Place ———– Doria Dphrepaulezz
Second Place ———— Wonder Whalen
Third Place —————- Kristina Morgan
Honorable Mention ——– Todd Lejnieks
Honorable Mention — Robert Buchanan
Honorable Mention ———- Joy Gregory
Honorable Mention ——— Emily Phillips

Short Story

First Place — Kristina Morgan
Second Place —- Joy Gregory
Third Place — Adrian Villarreal

Creative Non-Fiction

First Place ————- Kristina Morgan
Second Place ———– Kathryn Dwyer
Third Place ——————- Ron Dunlop
Third Place ————- –Olivia Martinez
Honorable Mention —— Robert Lewis
Honorable Mention — Nancy Simpson


First Place —————— Marie Tomisato
Second Place — Karina Rivera Acevedo
Third Place ————— Matthew Granillo

2020 Winners in Art

Barbara Goldberg – Cover Artist
Phyllis Benson – Back Cover Artist
Suzanne Black
Holly Clifford
Maria Da Langer
Kathy Dioguardi
Judith Feldman
Joanne Gallery
Stephen Hoffman
Michelle Horsman Juarez
Valerie Kossak
Steven Kujawski
Bonnie Lewis
Ellen Nemetz
Adrienne Pagel
Rick Rosenberg
Saige Shuquem
Caroline Wargo
Jada Warner

2020 Winners in Native Voices

Mary Doka
Marina Santa Cruz
Mateo Tree Top

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

2019 VORTEX Placed 3rd Place overall in the
Community College Humanities Association,
Southwestern Division,
2019 Literary Magazine Competition.

Congrats to our WRITING STUDENTS who have received remarkable accolades:


2nd Place
“Nothing Looks Better Than a Girl on a Truck”
By: Suzanne Black


Only one winner per division
By: Stephanie Cortes

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
and be published in Maricopa’s literary magazine, Passages.

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

Congratulations to the 2019 SCC Student winners
in the 2019-2020 District Creative Writing Competition.

Eduardo Blanco, SCC, 2nd Place
Kazimier Firkus, SCC, 3rd Place

Kristina Morgan, SCC, 3rd Place

Kristina Morgan, 3rd Place

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!