composition contest

That paper you wrote in composition class might not only get an A, but also put some cash in your pocket.

The Jo Ann Seiple Composition Contest awards 8 cash prizes, and your win is celebrated at the English in Action Showcase.

For details and the application form, see this page.


Writing Center

This free, one-on-one tutoring center will help you focus and revise your compositions. Here are some resources. And here are some online handouts to get you started.


Click on the link to bring up the current Writing Center hours.

navigating the center

Don't know how to schedule an appointment? Confused as to what you should bring to your Writing Center consultation? Everything is answered here.

How to study

If deadlines make you tear out your hair, here is a nice place to start. Check out the study guides, sample timetables, handouts and links at this Writing Center page.


(l-r)  Victor Malo-Juvera, English dept.; Donyell Roseboro, associate professor, Watson College of Eduation; Candace Thompson, assistant professor of Education; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker; and Marlon Moore, assistant professor of English. -- Photo by Rory Laverty

Photo above: (l-r)  Victor Malo-Juvera, a scholar of English Education and an assistant professor of English, who moderated the interview July 2, 2014, in the Convention Center in downtown Wilmington; Donyell Roseboro, associate professor, Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations, and Secondary Education in the Watson College of Education; Candace Thompson, assistant professor of Education whose rousing concluding remarks married the personal, the political, and the poetic; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker; and Marlon Moore, assistant professor of English, a scholar of contemporary Black Women Writers. -- Photo by Rory Laverty

Composition Program

Two-Course Sequence

The Composition Program at UNC Wilmington aims to support students and teachers in our basic studies courses. Students at UNC Wilmington are expected to complete a two-course sequence of composition. The instruction in our composition courses is undertaken by our award-winning faculty, part-time faculty, and teaching assistants in the Department of English.

If you have any questions about the composition program or our requirements, please contact the Writing Coordinator, Jeremy Tirrell (

Students: What to Expect

Devin shows his English in Action Showcase project in fall 2013. - Photo by Rory LavertyThe aim of this web site is to offer assistance to students taking the College Writing and Reading sequence: ENG 101, 103 and 201.

Writing is one of the most important skills you will learn in college, and you’ll find quickly that you must write in every class you take here at UNCW. 

The aim of our composition program, in part, is to prepare you for the writing you will do here in college and elsewhere once you graduate. 

In fact, you will find that writing opens up the world for you, not just in your college classes, but it will expand your reach into the realm of your friends and family, your job or professional career, and into your civic interests. Your writing will be able to influence politics and elevate the connections of the organizations you belong to and the community of which you are a part.

The faculty in the English Department and at UNCW believes that composition is vital for all students at UNCW.  We also believe that all students can improve their writing skills by taking our composition classes.

More of what to expect from this course of study on our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) page. (opens as a PDF)

Student Resources

How to get library help:

            Departmental liaison librarians

            Chat/getting help from a librarian

            Help getting started researching

MLA guide

Purdue OWL

Writing Center (Handouts)


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