Department of English

Winners of the Jo Ann Seiple Composition contest. - Photo by Rory Laverty
(Photo above) As part of the Spring 2015 Showcase, these seven students were presented with their awards for winning the Jo Ann Seiple Composition Contest. They are (l-r) Angela O'Neill, Jasmine Cooper, Jean Im, Jackie Hartman, Peter Dewar, Franklin Relyea and Abbey Holtvoigt.


The English In Action (EIA) Showcase is held at the end of both the fall and spring semesters and provides a forum for students to display the work they have done throughout the semester in their English courses -- from composition and professional writing to literary theory.

Students work alone or in teams to prepare for and present at the Showcase, creating posters, multimedia displays, and interactive activities that visitors are invited to experience during the two-hour long event.

Judges evaluate the work, and the best projects win awards.

English faculty and staff, students, and the public attend the public event.

Visitors will be treated to light refreshments, and everyone has a chance to win door prizes.

Admission is free.

Here's how you can participate.

Something for Everyone

Visitors Will be able to vote for their favorite display, which will put it in the running to win the People's Choice Award.

The Showcase is an excellent way for local high school and community college students who are interested in writing or literature to gain insight into the types of course work they can expect in a UNCW English class.

The Showcase is also an important networking opportunity for current students, providing insight into what classes to take and what an English degree will do for them once they graduate.

Jo Ann Seiple, former Enlgish professor and Dean of Arts & Sciences, speaks to the English in Action attendees April 2015. - Photo by Rory Laverty

Jo Ann Seiple, former English professor and Dean of Arts & Sciences, speaks to the English in Action attendees April 2015. She later presented awards to composition students in a contest named for her. The contest is open to students in English composition classes.
-- Photo by Rory Laverty


Marley Hughes stands beside her presentation on Gender Equality. - Photo by Rory Laverty

Marley Hughes, a presenter from Hoggard High School, stands beside her project on Gender Equality at the English in Action Showcase, Spring 2015 event.
-- Photo by Rory Laverty


Fruit buffet at EIA, April 2015. - Photo by Rory Laverty

It's not all work and no play at the EIA Showcase. Students help themselves to a well-earned buffet.
-- Photo by Rory Laverty

For more about the showcase, contact Michelle Manning,