Professional Writing Program

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


February 18, 2020
Mary Dustin Turner passed away this past Saturday, February 15. 
February 4, 2020
Danuta Hinc was in conversation with Michael Scott Moore about his bestselling memoir, "The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast." The conversation was a part of ENGL398R, Writing Non-Fictional Narratives. The event was structured on student-centered discussion on constructing convincing narratives based on investigative journalism, where history, politics, and piracy become the background and purpose of writing.
February 4, 2020
December 2019's installment of the "In Your Ear," held at the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan, featured ucille Fuentes, Sabrina Islam, and Lucian Mattison
February 4, 2020
Sarah Elfreth, Maryland's youngest ever female senator, visited Shannon Zellars-Strohl's environmental writing class, speaking to students about how to write environmental policy proposals for an audience of law makers. Students in the class were then writing just such proposals for their final projects.
January 26, 2020
In October 2019, Leigh Ryan (Writing Center Director Emerita) presented at the International Writing Centers Association/National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing conference: “The (HE)ART of It All: What Departing Writing Center Directors Carry with Them.”  In September, she served as a mentor at York College of Pennsylvania’s annual Naylor Undergraduate Research Workshop. She also recently spoke at a local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on “’To Do Right and Overcome’: The Plummer Family in Slavery and Freedom” and at Odenton Genealogists on “The Plummers: Honoring the Lives and Legacy of an Enslaved  Prince George’s County Family.”
January 26, 2020
HeadStuff, the award winning Arts and Culture website, recently interviewed Mark Fitzgerald about his book, Downburst. To read the interview, click here. 
January 26, 2020
Nabila Hijazi presented a paper entitled, “Academic Death through Human Birth," as part of "RhetComp Mamas Speak: Autoethnographies of Everyday Maternal Activism" panel at the 2019 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference at James Madison University on November 14, 2019.
January 26, 2020
Sabrina Islam has received an Emerging Writer Scholarship to attend Lydia Millet's workshop at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Fall 2019.
December 5, 2019
PR News published an article by Jonathan Rick on why you should always write two headlines.
December 5, 2019
In October Shannon presented her paper, "Slaves of Science: The Haitian Zombie, Free Will, and Masterful Science in Frank Aubrey's King of the Dead and Richard Marsh's A Spoiler of Men," at Victorians Institute in Charleston, SC.

PWP Dates

  • January 23:  Spring 2020 Faculty Developent Day
  • January 27:  First day of spring 2020 classes
  • February 3:   AY 2020-21 teaching requests due (for Lecturers)
  • February 7:  Last day to add/drop spring 2020 class
  • February 21:  Instructors need to verify electronic class rosters on UMEG
  • March 15-22:  Spring break
  • April 10:  Last day to withdraw spring 2020 class with "W" (restrictions apply--check Testudo)
  • May 12:  Last day of spring 2020 classes
  • May 13:  Writing Contest Awards Ceremony

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