Professional Writing Program

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

PWP Fall Events

  • Sept. 3rd   Labor Day (school closed) 
  • Sept. 10th  Drop/Add ends for the Fall semester
  • Sept. 11th   Waitlist period ends
  • Nov.  21-25th  Thanksgiving Recess 


November 30, 2018
The Fall 2018 Bywords Newsletter is now available. Learn more about recent publications, presentations, and scholarly achievements here. 
November 26, 2018
Programs supported include conferences, workshops, lectures, and more, and will be organized by graduate students, professional track faculty, and tenure track faculty.
November 20, 2018
Justin Lohr and PhD alumna and Assistant Professor at Elon University Heather Lindenman were recently published in Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service-Learning.
November 13, 2018
On October 26, at the Association for Business Communication’s 83rd Annual International Conference, Adam Lloyd presented a paper entitled, “Invalid Instruction: Disabled Faculty in the Professional Writing Classroom.” He also participated in the conference’s “My Favorite Assignment” roundtable, where he shared an activity entitled, “A Practical In-Class Demonstration of Activity Theory."
November 13, 2018
Danuta Hinc presented a paper, "Language, false dichotomies, and the many layers of shame," at the 2018 South Central MLA Conference in San Antonio, TX. She also published an essay, "Communist Poland. The ballot didn't fit, because my hands shook uncontrollably," in Popula.
November 8, 2018
Jonathan Rick delivered a writing workshop to PR News at the Yale Club in New York. He also delivered six webinars to the Gerson Lehrman Group on email writing, virtual communications, and PowerPoint. 
October 30, 2018
We would like to thank all those who made submissions to the Writing FrankenTerps Competition. Please join us at the Gala that follows the Marathon Reading of Frankenstein, in McKeldin 6137.
September 20, 2018
Robin Earnest and Patrick Nelson will be presenting at the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention in Pittsburgh this coming March. 
September 11, 2018
Mary Turner provided the classroom instruction and coaching that helped inspire the successful proposal. #UMDWrites
September 11, 2018
Heidi Scott has a new book out, Fuel: An Ecocritical History (Bloomsbury Press, 2018). She also has an article forthcoming in the journal Victorian Studies: "Industrial Souls: Climate Change, Immorality, and Victorian Anticipations of the Good Anthropocene."

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