Writers Center

Writers center

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

Scholarship Opportunities

The Board of Trustees awards up to (3) three tuition scholarships for creative writing students. Students who receive the scholarship commit to working in the Writers Center. Contact the Writers Center Director, Rachael Stewart, at rstewart@elgin.edu.

Reading Series

Writers Center Reading Series highlights the work of critically acclaimed authors. They are free and open to the public. See the details on the events calendar below. 

Coffee House

This is an opportunity for writers to share their original work. All ECC students, faculty, and community members are welcome. Join us to share your work, receive feedback from others and/or be an audience member enjoying others' works. Details and links to these events are in the calendar below. 

Spire Magazine

Spire is the college's literary and visual arts magazine published each spring by ECC students. Submissions of original student works are sought in poetry, prose, drawing, printmaking, and photography. To submit work, visit the following link: Submit Here


  • The Skyway Writers Conference is an annual event for the eight schools in the Skyway collegiate conference. Each school puts forth three entries in four genres (creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama), which compete for the top three prizes. The deadline will be determined annually and will be posted here once available.
  • The Paul Simon Essay Contest is a one-time $500 scholarship. Students are asked to write a 500-word essay that best describes "How My Community College Has Changed My Life." 
  • The Gandhi/King Essay Contest is a state-wide competition with a $1,000 award. Students are asked to write a 750-word essay on peace.

Upcoming Events

Contact the Writers Center at writerscenter@elgin.edu for more information.

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