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.


August 26, 2016
Pamela Gerhardt's essay, Fog on the Cher, is forthcoming in the fall issues of BlackBird, an online journal of literature and the arts.
August 25, 2016
Mark Fitzgerald was recently awarded a writing fellowship from the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. On September 3, he will read from his book, By Way of Dust and Rain, at the Richmond Public Library.
August 9, 2016
Leigh Ryan was an invited speaker at the National Park Service’s “Network to Freedom” 2016 conference in June at Hilton Head, SC.  She presented “’Be all you seem to be; aim to be more than you seem to be’: Chaplain Henry Vinton Plummer’s Life in Freedom.”  Earlier in June, she and the Rev. L Jerome Fowler presented “Emily Saunders Plummer: An Ordinary/Extraordinary Enslaved Woman’s Story” at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad conference in Cambridge, MD.   
July 21, 2016
PWP's Jonathan Rick delivered business writing workshops to NASCAR (Charlotte, NC), the International Speedway Corporation (Daytona Beach, FL), the Institute for Humane Studies (Arlington, VA), and Georgetown University's School for Continuing Studies (Washington, DC).
May 11, 2016
The Professional Writing Program has much to report on in way of accomplishments and news. Keep reading to hear what they've been up to.
May 5, 2016
Danuta Hinc was on a panel "Contemporary Multiethnic American Fiction: Obsessions and Innovations" at 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles, CA. She presented a paper, "The Limits of Losing: Language, Exile, and the Self in Eva Hoffman’s memoir Lost in Translation, and Vladimir Nabokov’s memoir Speak, Memory."
May 4, 2016
Legal writing instructor, Robin M. Earnest, had the honor of arguing before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals this month, for their overturn of an indigent defendant's murder conviction. 
May 4, 2016
Under his pen name, Stewart Lewis, Steward Foehl has an essay in Thank You, Teacher, which is a collection about teachers. Stewart adds that he is among amazing company in the collection.
April 20, 2016
Ann Bracken, a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program, has had a second collection of poems accepted for publication this year by New Academia Publishing. The book is titled No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom, and "explores the student-teacher relationship as well as systemic challenges faced by teachers in the age of standardization." Ann hopes to open the hearts and minds of readers with her authentic counter narrative.  
March 3, 2016
Jonathan Rick published an article in PRNewser about the 13 worst mistakes everyone makes when drafting a news release.

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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