Professional Writing Program

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


March 24, 2020
The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition announced its bestowal of the Winifred Bryan Horner Book Award to Jessica Enoch for her volume Domestic Occupations: Spatial Rhetorics and Women's Work.
March 20, 2020
Wible's article, "Using Design Thinking to Teach Creative Problem Solving in Writing Courses," builds on a residency at Stanford University's Teaching and Learning Studio Faculty Workshop and a CLCS "Beyond the Classroom" grant. 
February 18, 2020
Mary Dustin Turner passed away this past Saturday, February 15.
February 4, 2020
Danuta Hinc was in conversation with Michael Scott Moore about his bestselling memoir, "The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast."
February 4, 2020
December 2019's installment of the "In Your Ear," held at the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan, featured Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes, Sabrina Islam, and Lucian Mattison
February 4, 2020
Sarah Elfreth, Maryland's youngest ever female senator, visited Shannon Zellars-Strohl's environmental writing class, speaking to students about how to write environmental policy proposals for an audience of law makers. Students in the class were then writing just such proposals for their final projects.
January 26, 2020
In October 2019, Leigh Ryan (Writing Center Director Emerita) presented at the International Writing Centers Association/National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing conference: “The (HE)ART of It All: What Departing Writing Center Directors Carry with Them.” 
January 26, 2020
HeadStuff, the award winning Arts and Culture website, recently interviewed Mark Fitzgerald about his book, Downburst. To read the interview, click here. 
January 26, 2020
Nabila Hijazi presented a paper entitled, “Academic Death through Human Birth," as part of "RhetComp Mamas Speak: Autoethnographies of Everyday Maternal Activism" panel at the 2019 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference at James Madison University on November 14, 2019.
January 26, 2020
Sabrina Islam has received an Emerging Writer Scholarship to attend Lydia Millet's workshop at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Fall 2019.

PWP Dates

  • January 23:  Spring 2020 Faculty Developent Day
  • January 27:  First day of spring 2020 classes
  • February 3:   AY 2020-21 teaching requests due (for Lecturers)
  • February 7:  Last day to add/drop spring 2020 class
  • February 21:  Instructors need to verify electronic class rosters on UMEG
  • March 15-22:  Spring break
  • April 10:  Last day to withdraw spring 2020 class with "W" (restrictions apply--check Testudo)
  • May 12:  Last day of spring 2020 classes
  • May 13:  Writing Contest Awards Ceremony

Upcoming Events

Thu Jul 16

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