Writers Center

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Scholarship Opportunities

The Writers Center provides multiple scholarship opportunities for students. For more information contact the Writers Center Director.

  1. The Palmer Arts Contest awards first ($900.00), second ($400.00), and third ($200.00) prizes in four categories: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Visual Art. To be eligible for the contest, entrants must have been registered in Spring or Fall classes in the academic year of the contest. Winners will additionally be published in Spire, ECC's literary and arts journal. Funding for the contest is generously provided by the Florence B. Palmer Foundation - apply now.
  2. The Board of Trustee awards up to (3) three tuition scholarships for creative writing students. Students who receive the scholarship commit to working in the Writers Center. For more information contact the Writers Center Director.

The ECC Writers Center is an outreach program for students and members of the community who are interested in writing and literature. The Writers Center promotes and coordinates a variety of activities for area writers in all stages of development who wish to share their work in an atmosphere of constructive, respectful criticism.

Reading Series

During the academic year, the Reading Series highlights the work of critically acclaimed authors and offers the opportunity for attendees to interact with these writers. In addition to reading events, authors visit the English 110 Creative Writing class and work with individual students on their craft. A pre-reading dinner is held before each event. For reservations contact the Writers Center.

  • A pre-reading dinner with each author will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the reading. For reservations, please contact Rachael Stewart at rstewart@elgin.edu.
  • All Writers Center readings are free and open to the public.
  • Books will be available for sale and signing.

Coffee House


This is a monthly opportunity for writers to share their original work. All ECC students, faculty, and community members are welcome. Join us to share your work and receive feedback from others and/or be an audience member enjoying the works of others. Coffee House events are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Building B, Room B270.

Spire Magazine

Spire is the college's visual arts and literary magazine published each spring by ECC students. Submissions of original student works are sought in poetry, prose, drawing, printmaking, and photography. Apply now by completing the online form.

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