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


  • April 17 Contest Retrospective 1:30-2:30 (1221 Tawes)
  • April 18 Contest Retrospective 2-3 (1221 Tawes)
  • April 25  Retirement Party for Mary and Willie   1-3   (1221 Tawes)
  • May 10   Last day of classes
  • May 11   Reading Day  & PWP Contest Ceremony  12-2 in 2115 Tawes
  • May 19  Commencement
  • May 29   Summer Session I


May 21, 2018
Tom Earles was elected to the Executive Board of the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association. He also presented "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Asynchronous Online Tutoring" at MAWCA's 2018 conference at Rowan University.
May 21, 2018
Oliver Brearey will present papers at two writing studies conferences this summer. These papers include "The New Deal and the Gold Mountain," which he will present at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference on College Composition and Communication at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia on 25 May, and "Threshold Concepts in Job-Search Training Programs," which he will be presenting on invitation at the Howe Center for Writing Excellence's 7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, which will take place on 13-16 June at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
May 21, 2018
At the 2018 CCCC in Kansas City, I organized a workshop title "Corpus Approaches to Teaching and Studying Writing," sponsored by the Linguistics, Language, and Writing Standing Group, and I co-led, with Michael Israel, a workshop session on constructing and performing preliminary analysis of a corpus of written text, using UMD's "Interpolations" first year writing journal, the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Writing (MICUSP), and the academic subcorpus of the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA-A).
May 3, 2018
On brief before the D.C. Court of Appeals, and with the expert assistance of a Writing Center tutor, Earnest was able to parse through a difficult legal passage and convince the court to vacate its initial conviction. Thank you Writing Center!
May 2, 2018
Senior Lecturer Justin Lohr has been selected to receive the Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty in the area of teaching.
April 14, 2018
Danuta Hinc presented a paper, “Trump’s America and Communist Poland. How the Past Becomes the Now,” at a panel on Silenced Dimensions in Crisis and Conflict at the 2018 AWP Annual Conference in Tampa.
April 14, 2018
 His novel has been reviewed in multiple publications and won an Audiofile Earphones Award, and James has been interviewed by numerous journals and other media outlets, including NPR’s Weekend Edition. He is currently a judge for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop 2018-2019 Fellowship submissions, and has accepted a tenure-track creative writing position at Murray State University. 
April 14, 2018
Kelly Cresap, author of A Love-Hate Guide to “Breaking Bad,” was the guest on Pacifica Radio’s one-hour show “MyNDTALK” on March 19. The interview is archived at
April 14, 2018
Martha Thomas, who teaches English 391: Writing About Food, is editor of a new publication, Maryland Sip and Savor, which covers the craft beverage and food scene in Maryland. The magazine officially launched in early April and features an article about the new College Park restaurant Old Maryland Grill. 
February 5, 2018
The D.C. Bar chose a Mock Trial Problem written by Robin Earnest for its 2018 competition. The Problem, entitled, Rally v. Riot: When Words Ignite, involves an analysis of potential First Amendment, and related violations, resulting from a school rally turned riotous. The mock trial will be conducted by the Bar on March 17, 2018.

Patrick Nelson's (ENGL 393) Tech Writing students work on their Garden Grant Project!

PWP Faculty Books