Professional Writing Program

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


November 13, 2019
Daune O'Brien, Pamela Gerhardt, and Danuta Hinc, professional writing instructors, presented at the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
November 6, 2019
On Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8, Patricia Roberts-Miller will visit UMD's campus to partake in various discussions regarding her book Demagoguery and Democracy. Demagoguery and Democracy is this year's First Year Book.
October 24, 2019
Poster Project and Showcase: “What I Wish My Teacher Knew About My Disability” Campaign is a research-based project that centers disability within the larger context of diversity and inclusion through visual representation and targeted conversation. 
October 14, 2019
Graduate School offers help writing a teaching philosophy statement
October 9, 2019
The film "Deserted" exposes the sparse and unhealthy food choices in an economically disadvantaged Baltimore City neighborhood and the lifelong consequences this has on its residents. It also looks at innovative approaches to addressing food deserts, including a startup “social supermarket” in Baltimore.
October 4, 2019
ENGL 393Q students helped write stories for the NASA Goddard Tech Transfer Magazine
September 27, 2019
Professional Writing policy calls for faculty to return students’ major writing projects with feedback within two weeks of submission, and no later than before the next major assignment is due.
September 5, 2019
Jess Enoch (English, faculty), Katie Bramlett (English, PhD student), and Elizabeth Novara (former UMD curator) published "Decoding (a Woman's) Diaries: The Transcribe-a-thon as a Public Memory Project" in the May 2019 issue of College English. This essay reflects on their pedagogical work, which was supported by the English department's "Beyond the Classroom" grant, in which they collaborated with their students in their Women and Public Memory course to engage the UMD public in the digital transcription of Margaret Preston's diaries.
September 5, 2019
On October 12, Mark Fitzgerald will lead a poetry workshop at the Fall for the Book Festival in Fairfax, Virginia.
July 11, 2019
Ross Angelella, Emily Flamm, Heidi Scott, Radford Skudrna, and Dennis Winston have been promoted to Senior Lecturer.  Pamela Gerhardt, Mark Forrester, and Caroline Wilkins have been promoted to Principal Lecturer. Candidates for appointment to the rank of Senior Lecturer must demonstrate a sustained record of exemplary teaching and exhibit promise in the areas of research, service, mentoring, and/or program development. 

PWP Dates

  • August 26: First day of fall 2019 classes
  • September 9: Last day to add/drop fall 2019 class
  • October 13-18:  PWP Mid-Semester Student Survey (Teaching Evaluations)
  • October 20:  National Writing Day
  • November 4: Last day to withdraw fall 2019 class with "W" (restrictions apply--check Testudo)
  • November 15:  AY 2020-21 teaching requests due (for Principal and Senior Lecturers)
  • Mid-November:  Spring 2020 teaching schedule out
  • November 27-December 1: Thanksgiving recess
  • December 1:  AY 2020-21 teaching requests online submission opens up for lecturers (due February 1)
  • December 9: Last day of fall 2019 classes
  • December 9:  PWP Holiday Party
  • December 24-January 2:  Winter break (UMD closed)
  • January 2-22, 2020:  Winter 2020 session
  • January 23:  Spring 2020 Faculty Developent Day
  • January 27:  First day of spring 2020 classes
  • February 1:   AY 2020-21 teaching requests due (for Lecturers)
  • February 7:  Last day to add/drop spring 2020 class
  • 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

Upcoming Events

Thu Jul 16

PWP Faculty Books