Professional Writing Program

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

PWP Spring Events

  • January 22, Spring Faculty Development Day
  • January 24, First day of Spring Semester
  • February 06, Last day to drop/add
  • February 13, Book launch for James Mattson and Stewart Foehl
  • March 19, Spring Break begins 

News

January 16, 2018
James Mattson's recent novel The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, was named as one of Amazon's Best Books picks for December, 2017. Mattson's novel was also placed on the New York Post's required reading list that same month.
January 16, 2018
Stewart Foehl’s next novel, Look Closer, has been sold to Sourcebooks Fire for publication in Feb, 2019. The novel, which will be published under the pen name Stewart Lewis, is a young adult coming-of-age mystery about a girl who sees the names of people who will die that day. 
November 28, 2017
Please join us in congratulating Doug Kern and Jess Enoch, the first recipients of the John Long Innovative Teaching Award!  Each award is $1500. 
October 18, 2017
Melanie Faith Receives a MVP Award, Again!  For the second season in a row, Melanie Faith is receiving the University's Most Valuable Professor Award (MVP). Melanie was nominated for an MVP by a student-member of UMD's 2017 Men's Soccer team; she will be honored for this award at their soccer game on October 24, 2017.  
October 17, 2017
James Mattson’s novel, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, due out on Dec. 1, was reviewed by Booklist, which said, “Mattson’s first novel is an excellent, character-driven work of literary fiction that will continue to resonate with the reader long after the final page.” 
October 17, 2017
Joan Mooney’s article, The No. 1 Way You Might Prevent Dementia: A Recent Study Found Nine Lifestyle Changes that Could Protect Your Brain, was published in NextAvenue.org (Sep. 25, 2017). 
October 17, 2017
Kelly Cresap just published his book A Love-Hate Guide to “Breaking Bad. Details and initial readers’ reviews are available at Amazon.com.
October 17, 2017
Rebecca Holden’s essay “‘Let’s Dwell a Little’: The Trickster within Octavia E. Butler” was published in Lumines-cent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, ed. by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal. A collection of letters and essays on Butler in celebration of what would have been her 70th birthday.
October 17, 2017
Robin Earnest served on MD State Delegate Alonzo Washington’s College Scholarship Review Committee. The Committee awarded $40,000 (collectively) to aspiring college students. Robin was also appointed Chair of BFSA’s Committee for the Advancement of Faculty of Color. 
July 11, 2017
The English Department is pleased announce that six professional track faculty have been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer.  Please take a moment to note the impressive accomplishments of our colleagues, and continue reading to learn more about each faculy member. 

PWP Faculty Books