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 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 Rachael Stewart (rstewart@elgin.edu).

Reading Series

During the academic year, the Reading Series highlights the work of critically acclaimed authors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Writers Center Reading Series will take place using the Zoom platform. Please follow the links to join the readings. They are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Reading Series Events

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

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.

Upcoming Coffeehouse Events

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

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

Contests


  • 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. Deadline to be determined annually and will be posted here once available.
  • The Paul Simon Essay Contest is a state-wide competition. In a five hundred word essay, entrants are asked to answer the question, "How did my community college change my life?" Deadline to be determined annually and will be posted here once available.
  • The Gandhi/King Essay Contest is a state-wide competition. Students are asked to write a five hundred word essay on the subject of peace. Deadline to be determined annually and will be posted here once available.

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