Professional Writing Program

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.

PWP Fall Events

  • Nov. 1 Spring 2017 teaching assignments out
  • Nov. 5 Daylight Saving Time ends
  • Nov. 6 Last day to drop with “W”
  • Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day observed, campus open
  • Nov. 22, 23, 24 Thanksgiving holiday, campus closed
  • No. 30   Book Launch for Danuta Hinc and Kell Cresap
  • Dec. 11 Last day of classes
  • Dec. 12 PWP Holiday Party


October 17, 2017
James Mattson’s novel, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, due out on Dec. 1, was reviewed by Booklist, which said, “Mattson’s first novel is an excellent, character-driven work of literary fiction that will continue to resonate with the reader long after the final page.” 
October 17, 2017
Joan Mooney’s article, The No. 1 Way You Might Prevent Dementia: A Recent Study Found Nine Lifestyle Changes that Could Protect Your Brain, was published in (Sep. 25, 2017). 
October 17, 2017
Kelly Cresap just published his book A Love-Hate Guide to “Breaking Bad. Details and initial readers’ reviews are available at
October 17, 2017
Rebecca Holden’s essay “‘Let’s Dwell a Little’: The Trickster within Octavia E. Butler” was published in Lumines-cent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, ed. by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal. A collection of letters and essays on Butler in celebration of what would have been her 70th birthday.
October 17, 2017
Robin Earnest served on MD State Delegate Alonzo Washington’s College Scholarship Review Committee. The Committee awarded $40,000 (collectively) to aspiring college students. Robin was also appointed Chair of BFSA’s Committee for the Advancement of Faculty of Color. 
July 11, 2017
The English Department is pleased announce that six professional track faculty have been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer.  Please take a moment to note the impressive accomplishments of our colleagues, and continue reading to learn more about each faculy member. 
April 4, 2017
Jonathan Rick delivered a pair on workshops — on everything you wanted to know about LinkedIn but were too embarrassed to ask — to Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies. Read more here.  
April 4, 2017
News from PWP! Continuing reading to learn more.
April 4, 2017
On 11 February, Oliver Brearey presented a paper titled "Employment Writing and Knowledge Mobilization" at Camp Rhetoric 2017, a conference organized by the Penn State Arnold-Ebbitt Interdisciplinary Rhetoricians. The conference was held in State College, PA.
March 16, 2017
Ruth Osorio's second peer-reviewed publication is out in Rhetoric Review, titled "Embodying Truth: Sylvia Rivera’s Delivery of Parrhesia at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally.”

PWP Faculty Books and Publications

This is a collection of books and publications from the faculty of the professional writing department

Pamela Gerhardt (Author)