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News

December 16, 2015
Nabila Hijazi and Douglas Kern, Assistant Directors of The University of Maryland's Writing Center, presented Bridging Relationships: Creating Connections Among Diverse Communities for the 2015 Capital Area Peer Tutoring Association (CAPTA) Conference at George Mason University in October. Throughout their presentation, Nabila and Doug invited participants to discuss ways to bridge relationships between established academic communities (specifically, Writing Centers) within both post-secondary institutions and high schools. Both were asked to contribute a blog post for the CAPTA website with an overview of their presentation as a way to further extend the Writing Center's commitment to community outreach. Keep reading to learn more.
December 9, 2015
 Danuta Hinc presented a paper at the 2015 South Central MLA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in October. The paper, titled, “The Limits of Losing: The Silence in the Second Language,” discussed Eva Hoffman's, "Lost in Translation," Herta Müller's, "The King Bows and Kills," and Vladimir Nabokov's, "Speak, Memory."
December 9, 2015
PWP lecturer Rebecca Ritzel was chosen to serve as a 2015 literature grant panelist for the Ohio State Arts Council and traveled to Columbus in December to adjudicate the criticism category. Rebecca teaches ENGL 398A Writing for the Arts and also writes Backstage, The Washington Post's weekly theatre column.
October 28, 2015
On October 20th, the Department celebrated the National Day on Writing by asking students, faculty, and staff why they write. Using the hastags #whyIwrite and #UMDwrites on Twitter, participants gave their thoughts on writing, which is archived in a Storify.
September 16, 2015
Rebecca J. Ritzel received her first byline in the New York Times last month when she covered Broadway star Victoria Clark's wedding for Vows in the Times' Sunday Styles section. Also over the summer, Rebecca received her third straight critic-in-residence fellowship from the Chautauqua Institution. Locally, Rebecca teaches Writing for the Arts and serves as The Washington Post's weekly theater columnist.
September 16, 2015
In the spirit of collaboration, and taking advantage of her familial connection to the Director of Chile's School of Journalism, Robin M. Earnest, J.D., LL.M., has organized a student visit to UMD this fall. Serap Deniz Rada, the Director of UMD's School of Journalism, has graciously agreed to host a group of journalism students visiting from Chile's Universidad del Desarrollo, in late September. The visit is part of a special internship in which students travel to the United States to view journalism schools and news organizations here. As a result of this year's collaboration, all hope a visit to UMD will become a more permanent part of that annual internship program. Keep reading to learn more.
September 10, 2015
Oliver Brearey will present a talk, "Reflective Assessment Practices in the Outplacement Industry," at the 131st MLA Annual Convention in Austin, Texas in January 2016. His talk is part of the Association for Business Communication's (ABC) panel at the conference. The ABC panel is titled "Assessment in Business Communication and Writing."
September 3, 2015
In the spirit of collaboration, and taking advantage of her familial connection to the Director of Chile's School of Journalism, Robin M. Earnest, J.D., LL.M., has organized a student visit to UMD this fall. Serap Deniz Rada, the Director of UMD's School of Journalism, has graciously agreed to host a group of journalism students visiting from Chile's Universidad del Desarrollo, in late September. The visit is part of a special internship in which students travel to the United States to view journalism schools and news organizations here. As a result of this year's collaboration, we are hopeful that a visit to UMD might become a more permanent part of that annual internship program.
September 2, 2015
Jonathan Rick delivered a variety of workshops and webinars — available at http://jonathanrick.com/presentations — to a range of clients, including NASCAR, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies, PR News, Pinpointe, Americans for Prosperity, and the Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement.
June 2, 2015
The Professional Writing Program has had a busy spring. Keep reading to find out what they've been up to.



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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