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.


April 12, 2017
On Saturday, April 1st, Tom Earles, Clara Montague, Julia Maier, Jessica Morris, Charlotte Racioppo, and Leigh Ryan all presented at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference at Penn State Berks in Reading, PA.
April 12, 2017
Cameron Mozafari and Michael Israel presented a paper titled "The Linguistic Construction to Thoughts and Feelings: A Cognitive Linguistic Introduction" at the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication's sponsored talk of the Language, Linguistics, and Writing Standing Group.  The paper introduces a type of subordinate clause construction--the content clause--as a way that language users express stance, thoughts, and feelings toward ideas, a move necessary in academic argumentation.  At CCCC, Cameron was also nominated and accepted the role of conference chair of the Language, Linguistics, and Writing Standing Group.
April 4, 2017
On January 11, Gabriela Vlahovici-Jones presented at the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. The title of her presentation was "Promoting Transfer through Online Course Design."On March 24, she presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Conference held in Baltimore, MD. The title of her presentation was "Male Authority and Its Feminine Edge: Images of Stability and Change at the End of the Republic." 
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
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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.”
February 23, 2017
Sara Wilder, who is currently completing her Ph.D. at Ohio State University, will be joining us this fall.
January 4, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 5th through the 8th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students.
December 2, 2016
Danuta Hinc chaired two Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Literatures panels at the 2016 South Central MLA Conference in Dallas, TX in November.

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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