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.


March 25, 2015
Jonathan Rick of PWP delivered two presentations in March: one, on the use and abuse of numbers, to a Ragan conference on PR measurement; the other, on business writing, to LEVICK, a DC-based communications consultancy. 
March 25, 2015
The January issue of the Prince George’s County Bar Association published an article by Robin Earnest, Esq. entitled  “The Richmond Attorney’s Program—Maryland’s New Plan For Representing Indigent Defendants at Pretrial Release Proceedings.” This March, Robin was privileged to speak to members of the University’s pre-law fraternity (Phi Alpha Delta) about her legal writing course, and work as a private attorney. 
February 23, 2015
When the Conference on College Composition and Communication convenes in Tampa, FL, in March, many faculty members and graduate students will present current research. Some of these presentations refine materials developed in conjunction with the graduate course and conference in fall 2013, "Engendering Rhetorical Power," a collaboration with scholars at Pennsylvania State University.
February 18, 2015
Congratulations to Ann Bracken on the publication of her book, The Altar of Innocence: Poems.
January 13, 2015
Scott Moses and Peter Grybauskas have won Elevate Fellows grants from the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) for course redesign. 
November 21, 2014
Nabila Hijazi, and Douglass Kern will present at the 2014 NCTE Annual Convention about Digital and Media Literacies this weekend.
November 20, 2014
Lecturer Caleb Kriesberg's essay, "What if Parson Weems is My Hero? Engaging American History Students in a Multicultural Classroom" was printed as part of the proceedings of a conference he attended last March, sponsored by the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. The conference was titled: "The Image of the Hero in Literature, Media, and Society," at which Caleb presented and lead discussions on his paper. Caleb learned about the conference from a flyer posted in Tawes Hall.
November 20, 2014
Mark Fitzgerald's poems, “Big-Rig through Stolen Night," “Millennium Retribution in Key West," and “Before and After” will appear in Scratching Against the Fabric, an anthology of poems from the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival. Mark has been selected to read and discuss some of his new work at Bridgewater College in January.
November 20, 2014
Rebecca J. Ritzel (PWP) attended the American Theatre Critics Association's New York meeting in early November and gave a presentation on the intersection of theater and social media during a session called, "Are You Trending?" Other events at the conference included a panel of prominent playwrights (Doug Wright, David Henry Hwang and Arthur Kopit) and a session on Broadway touring featuring several producers. Rebecca teaches Writing for the Arts and is The Washington Post's theater columnist.
November 18, 2014
Despite the gloomy and windy weather on Saturday, November 1st, lecturer Marybeth Shea and her Science Writing class teamed up with University Horticulturist Sam Bahr to plant spring flowering bulbs around Tawes Hall.

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

Video:Q&A: Writing the Personal Statement for Law School

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