English

You know how to read and write. So why take English? Studying English literature involves much more than reading books and writing essays. It is about understanding the world around you – the social, cultural, and political conditions of the past and present. It is a way of thinking outside the box, gaining new perspectives, and even challenging the status quo.

Through intensive reading, exercises in rhetorical strategies, lively class discussions, scholarly research, and creative writing workshops, students gain a deeper understanding of the human condition while learning to communicate their ideas clearly and effectively – invaluable skills for wherever your future path may take you.

English Department at Okanagan College

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Register for the 3-Hour Short Story Contest!

The fourth annual 3-Hour Short Story Contest will be held on Saturday, November 1st. Participants have a chance to win a $500 tuition credit, and have their story published by Kalamalka Press. Registration is now open here.

Vertigo Voices Reading Series announced!

Find out who is reading for the Fall 2014 series of Vertigo Voices here.

Jeremy Lanaway nominated for the Journey Prize

Okanagan College English professor Jeremy Lanaway's story "Downturn," which was published in the Spring 2013 issue of The Fiddlehead, has been nominated for the prestigious Journey Prize.

Why English at Okanagan College?

There is always something going on in the English Department.  We are home to Kalamalka Press, the Vertigo Voices Reading Series, the Mackie Lake House Writer-in-Residence Program, Ryga: A Journal of Provocations, the Red Dot Players, Word Ruckus: A Festival of Words and Community, KIdsWWwrite, the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, the 3-Hour Short Story Contest, and much more!

Faculty in English at Okanagan College are interested in language and literature, and in the way words work in our lives and communities. A diverse group of scholars, writers, editors, and designers, OC faculty encourage students to read critically and write creatively, and to engage with the way language shapes our view of the world and our place in it.

The Okanagan area is home to many talented writers and poets, both established and aspiring. Enjoy the inspiring literary environment at the college and in the community. Join our friendly, supportive, and active community of learners. Learn and grow as you benefit from Okanagan College’s small class sizes, affordable tuition, and dedicated faculty.

Take advantage of our wide variety of education options.

  • Graduate with one of our two-year credentials:
  • Begin your university studies with us. Our English courses are fully transferable to universities throughout British Columbia and beyond. 
  • Choose from over 70 English courses and a growing number of Fine Arts courses.
  • Study where you live. Classes are available on all Okanagan College campuses.


Diploma in Writing and Publishing

Obtain a well-rounded education through applied training in print and web-based publishing, production and design, accounting, marketing, and management, as well as in creative, cultural, and professional communications. Gain a solid grounding in four areas:
  • Creative and literary writing
  • Publishing
  • Communications
  • Business

A portfolio system ensures that students are able to demonstrate to prospective employers how lessons learned in the classroom contribute to the broad skill set of a qualified professional.

Careers for Writing and Publishing graduates are found in book, magazine, and internet publishing, professional writing, journalism, creative writing, marketing, media and graphic design.

Graduates who want to further their education can transfer to degree opportunities at universities throughout BC. Consult with an Okanagan College Education Advisor regarding suitable course selection. View the BC Transfer Guide for individual course transfer equivalencies.


Fine Arts

An emerging field of study at the College, our innovative Fine Arts courses currently focus on art history, typography, and book design.  Students studying book design work with both traditional letterpress techniques and the most up-to-date digital technology.