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.


July 21, 2016
PWP's Jonathan Rick delivered buisness writing workshops to NASCAR (Charlotte, NC), the International Speedway Corporation (Daytona Beach, FL), the Institute for Humane Studies (Arlington, VA), and Georgetown University's School for Continuing Studies (Washington, DC).
May 11, 2016
The Professional Writing Program has much to report on in way of accomplishments and news. Keep reading to hear what they've been up to.
May 5, 2016
Danuta Hinc was on a panel "Contemporary Multiethnic American Fiction: Obsessions and Innovations" at 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles, CA. She presented a paper, "The Limits of Losing: Language, Exile, and the Self in Eva Hoffman’s memoir Lost in Translation, and Vladimir Nabokov’s memoir Speak, Memory."
May 4, 2016
Legal writing instructor, Robin M. Earnest, had the honor of arguing before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals this month, for their overturn of an indigent defendant's murder conviction. 
May 4, 2016
Under his pen name, Stewart Lewis, Steward Foehl has an essay in Thank You, Teacher, which is a collection about teachers. Stewart adds that he is among amazing company in the collection.
April 20, 2016
Ann Bracken, a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program, has had a second collection of poems accepted for publication this year by New Academia Publishing. The book is titled No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom, and "explores the student-teacher relationship as well as systemic challenges faced by teachers in the age of standardization." Ann hopes to open the hearts and minds of readers with her authentic counter narrative.  
March 3, 2016
Jonathan Rick published an article in PRNewser about the 13 worst mistakes everyone makes when drafting a news release.
February 29, 2016
Robin M. Earnest, Esq., served as a writing/legal consultant for Maryland State Delegate Alonzo Washington. Most recently, she ghost authored an article for submission to the Baltimore Sun entitled: “Disciplining Nonviolent Behavior in Public High Schools—What Went Wrong in South Carolina.”
December 16, 2015
Nabila Hijazi and Douglas Kern, Assistant Directors of The University of Maryland's Writing Center, presented Bridging Relationships: Creating Connections Among Diverse Communities for the 2015 Capital Area Peer Tutoring Association (CAPTA) Conference at George Mason University in October. Throughout their presentation, Nabila and Doug invited participants to discuss ways to bridge relationships between established academic communities (specifically, Writing Centers) within both post-secondary institutions and high schools. Both were asked to contribute a blog post for the CAPTA website with an overview of their presentation as a way to further extend the Writing Center's commitment to community outreach. Keep reading to learn more.
December 9, 2015
 Danuta Hinc presented a paper at the 2015 South Central MLA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in October. The paper, titled, “The Limits of Losing: The Silence in the Second Language,” discussed Eva Hoffman's, "Lost in Translation," Herta Müller's, "The King Bows and Kills," and Vladimir Nabokov's, "Speak, Memory."

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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