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Welcome to the English Department homepage, where you’ll find information about who we are, what we do, and what’s happening in our upstairs labyrinth.

Our Mission

In every course at every level, our goal is to nurture students’ critical thinking and communication skills. By helping students explore a variety of text and use language to articulate their ideas in different ways, we encourage them to develop agility and awareness as readers, writers, speakers, and listeners.

Our Program

All students are required to follow the primary sequence of four full-year core English courses, typically starting with Academic English I in the freshman year and concluding with Academic English IV in the senior year. Students who qualify for advanced study have the opportunity to engage in Pre-AP (Advanced Placement) and AP courses, as well as a dual-enrollment community college course during their senior year.

We also offer several elective courses that may be taken in addition to the core program of study. Current elective offerings include Creative Writing, Journalism, Understanding Film, and Literature of Sports.

‚ÄčEvents and Opportunities:


The Telling Room's annual, themed, creative writing contest allows youth from all over the state of Maine to show off their writing chops. The contest runs from December 20 through January 31, 2019. A panel of professional writers selects one grand prize winner who will receive $200 and publication in our annual anthology. The contest is open to Maine writers ages 12-18 working on prose or poetry related to this year's theme: VOICES. 
Submission deadline: January 31, 2019, at midnight.


Young Writers USA invites all high school students to submit to Poetry Escape, a contest challenging students to write a poem about something they are passionate and inspired about. 
Submission deadline: February 15, 2019

Dear High-Stepping Daughters & Sons of the Word Road,

You are once again cordially invited to attend a weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic at theCHAMPLAIN COLLEGE YOUNG WRITERS' CONFERENCE, MAY 24-26.Now in our nineteenth year, our doors are open to high school students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writerly brothers and sisters—and with celebrated New England authors. We offer three days of readings, improv, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion, and extended friendship on the hillside campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

OUR 2019KEYNOTE SPEAKER IS AWARD-WINNING SINGER, SONGWRITER, & COMPOSER, MOIRA SMILEY.Moira'swork can be heard on BBC TV & radio, NPR, PBS, ABC Australia'sBooks & Arts, in feature films, and on more than sixty albums. She performs regularly with her group, VOCO, and has toured with leading artists around the world—including tUnE-yArDs, Paul Hillier's Theater of Voices, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, KITKA, the Irish super-group Solas, grammy-winning pianist, Billy Childs, The Lomax Project, and the New World Symphony. Recent solo performances include TED, Stravinsky'sLes Noces, and the London Proms Festival. In 2018, Moira released her latest solo album and choral songbook,Unzip The Horizon, and an upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall will be devoted to her work.

TheAPPLICATIONDEADLINE ofMarch 8is fast approaching and the blue lights are flashing. If you have a tale to spin, or a story to share, please visit our website:http://www.champlain.edu/write

Very Best,

Jim Ellefson & Lesley Wright, Co-directors
(802) 865-8456

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