Writers Studio Scholarship

Apply for the Spring 2016 Writers Studio Scholarship

Deadline for application: November 30, 2015.  ACC Writers Studio Scholarship Applications due Room M4665

Writers Studio is committed to helping its writing students flourish. Each year, Writers Studio awards two scholarships to our creative writing students. One scholarship will be awarded this coming fall for spring 2016. Each scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and books for a creative writing course at ACC.

  1. Scholarship requirements:   
    1. Enrollment must meet at least half-time status which is equal to 6 credit hours per semester
    2. Completion of Creative Writing I (ENG 221) or currently taking ENG 221 and passing
    3. GPA of 3.0 or above at ACC
    4. Submission of a 500 word essay describing your background in writing and how this scholarship will assist you with your personal or professional goals.
    5. Submission of a portfolio with a minimum of five pages of creative work which may include: selection of prose from fiction, nonfiction, screenplay or play, or poetry.

Scholarship winners will be selected by the Writers Studio Committee. For more information, please contact Dr. Kathryn Winograd at

Get an Application form here or on the Writers Studio bulletin board on the 4th floor and outside Room M4665.   

Writers Studio and the ACC Foundation are proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Fall Semester Writers Studio Student Scholarship: Kimberly J MacDonald and Grace Frances Marie Wagner

Congratulations to Kimberly and Grace for being our two scholarship recipients in creative writing. Each semester, Writers Studio awards financial support to aspiring and talented student writers at Arapahoe Community College. This semester, Writers Studio was able to award two scholarships for the Spring semester.

Scholarship recipients receive tuition and book money for a 3-credit creative writing class, an invitation to be our honored guests at the Writers Studio Literary Festival on April 18, 2015, and an invitation to the ACC Foundation’s Scholarship Luncheon.

Kim MacDonaldKimberly J MacDonald is concurrently working on her Associate of Science degree and AA degree in creative writing. She was awarded the 2014/2015 ACC Foundation Board of Directors Scholarship and won second place in the 2013 ACC English 121 essay contest. This semester, she was also selected by the undergraduate literary journal, The Painted Cave, as one of 24 community college students from eight states as an up-and-coming author and will have a fiction piece published in their inaugural journal. As Kim puts it: Three years divorced, two grown children, full-time college student, part-time CNA, maniacal writer. Kim MacDonald is blindly navigating her way through the maze of life with daily stops at her computer. The blinking cursor and active screen are her necessary therapy.

From Kim’s scholarship application essay:

Shortly after my first writing accomplishment, I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease. This autoimmune disease causes hyperthyroidism and has life threatening symptoms if it is not controlled.  My head spun as I ruminated on having a disease with no cure. Needing an outlet for my thoughts, I selfishly started a cathartic blog. The blinking cursor waited for me daily and the white screen would excite me. I could turn the whiteness into anything I wanted! Writing took me from my struggles with my disease and became my necessary therapy. It was gasoline for my fire. –Kimberly J MacDonald

Committee Comment: Kimberly is a writer who takes risks and explores dangerous and vulnerable territory--never afraid to hit the creative jugular in the process.


graceGrace Frances Marie Wagner is currently enrolled at Arapahoe Community College where her academic focus is Creative Writing. She has pursued a variety of academic opportunities from the University of Central Oklahoma as a member of the Honors College, Rose State College, and various writers’ conferences. She has also completed all three levels of New York Time’s bestselling author William Bernhardt’s week long intensive writing seminars. She has had work published in the Guthrie Daily Leader and a variety of local and online poetry compilations. She is currently working on her second novel and is in the process of finding representation for her first. Winner of several prized in poetry, flash fiction, and young adult fiction, Grace continues to pursue her love of writing through participation in Writers Studio events and classes at ACC.

Excerpt from The First Woman I Loved as a Humboldt Squid

 . . . Church guilt drove me from the ocean.
My wetsuit clung like shame,
Hail Mary’s on my lips.

I could tell you were hunting.
You came equipped.

You blinded me, flashing red to pale white.
Ten legs and hooks the size of tiger’s teeth.
You left your pack of cannibal women,

Trailing me with your hellfire mouth . . .

Committee Comment: Grace is an accomplished, perceptive, and inventive writer. Her lyrical impulse in writing illuminates both her prose and her poetry, creating vibrancy and profoundness that belie her young age.