Professional Writing

Committed to Student Success Beyond the Classroom

Professional Writing courses teach the research, analysis, writing, and language skills that students will need in their lives beyond the classroom.


June 2, 2015
The Professional Writing Program has had a busy spring. Keep reading to find out what they've been up to.
April 2, 2015
Under the name of Y.S. Fing, Will currently has a monthly column, at the Washington Independent Review of Books, called Fingism. He is also the current Committee Chair for the Washington Writers Conference, which is coming up April 25th, and will include Maud Casey, from UMD's English Department on the fiction panel. 
April 1, 2015
Michelle Boswell's essay, “Poetry and Parallax in Mary Somerville’s On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences,” has been accepted for publication in Victorian Literature and Culture. Her research for this article at Oxford’s Bodleian Library in 2012 was made possible through the department’s QCB Research and Travel Grant.
March 31, 2015
Ross will be featured at "Noir @ the Bar," a Baltimore reading series that will take place on Thursday, April 16th at 7pm. It will be held at Mi Ranchito at 116 Hollins Street Baltimore, where seven noir fiction authors will be reading their work. There will be dark giveaways and hardluck prizes.
March 31, 2015
The Professional Writing Center has been busy the past few months. Read on to learn what they have been up to.
March 25, 2015
Jonathan Rick of PWP delivered two presentations in March: one, on the use and abuse of numbers, to a Ragan conference on PR measurement; the other, on business writing, to LEVICK, a DC-based communications consultancy. 
March 25, 2015
The January issue of the Prince George’s County Bar Association published an article by Robin Earnest, Esq. entitled  “The Richmond Attorney’s Program—Maryland’s New Plan For Representing Indigent Defendants at Pretrial Release Proceedings.” This March, Robin was privileged to speak to members of the University’s pre-law fraternity (Phi Alpha Delta) about her legal writing course, and work as a private attorney. 
February 23, 2015
When the Conference on College Composition and Communication convenes in Tampa, FL, in March, many faculty members and graduate students will present current research. Some of these presentations refine materials developed in conjunction with the graduate course and conference in fall 2013, "Engendering Rhetorical Power," a collaboration with scholars at Pennsylvania State University.
February 18, 2015
Congratulations to Ann Bracken on the publication of her book, The Altar of Innocence: Poems.
January 13, 2015
Scott Moses and Peter Grybauskas have won Elevate Fellows grants from the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) for course redesign. 

Writing-Related Panel for Law School Applicants

In September 2011, several law school admissions officers joined University of Maryland faculty and staff for a roundtable discussion on writing personal statements for law school applications. Videos of the program, which was cosponsored by the English Department’s Professional Writing Program, can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Video:Panel Discussion: Writing the Personal Statement for Law School


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