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 


February 6, 2018
Peter Witte's drawings were published on The Florida Review's "Aquifer." The drawings, excerpted from Peter's project called "After Kafka," explore and are inspired by Franz Kafka's shorter works.
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.
February 5, 2018
Students from the ENGL393Q Technical Writing Service-Learning course will be working with with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on two writing projects as part of NASA's educational outreach. Students will be creating content for the NASA Visualization Explorer and for Earthzine, a joint venture between NASA and IEEE. Successful projects will result in publication of materials for the students and content for NASA's programs. 
January 25, 2018
Danuta Hinc recently published two essays: The Lessons of My Childhood in Communist Poland Are Relevant Again. On Propaganda, Martial Law, and Protecting the Truth in the Literary Hub and When I Was Growing Up in Poland, We Didn’t Have “Dynasty” or Donna Summer, But We Did Have Health Insurance in Washingtonian.
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 (Sep. 25, 2017). 

PWP Faculty Books