Professional Writing Program

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

News

February 19, 2019
Stewart Foehl's (under pen name Stewart Lewis) new novel "Happily Whatever After" to be published in June 2020. 
February 15, 2019
Kelly Cresap provides tips on dealing with classroom diversity.
February 1, 2019
Academic & Professional Writing in an Age of Accountability grows out of a conference sponsored by the Academic Writing Board in 2014 and features articles by many UMD faculty members. 
November 30, 2018
The Fall 2018 Bywords Newsletter is now available. Learn more about recent publications, presentations, and scholarly achievements here. 
November 26, 2018
Programs supported include conferences, workshops, lectures, and more, and will be organized by graduate students, professional track faculty, and tenure track faculty.
November 20, 2018
Justin Lohr and PhD alumna and Assistant Professor at Elon University Heather Lindenman were recently published in Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service-Learning.
November 13, 2018
On October 26, at the Association for Business Communication’s 83rd Annual International Conference, Adam Lloyd presented a paper entitled, “Invalid Instruction: Disabled Faculty in the Professional Writing Classroom.” He also participated in the conference’s “My Favorite Assignment” roundtable, where he shared an activity entitled, “A Practical In-Class Demonstration of Activity Theory."
November 13, 2018
Danuta Hinc presented a paper, "Language, false dichotomies, and the many layers of shame," at the 2018 South Central MLA Conference in San Antonio, TX. She also published an essay, "Communist Poland. The ballot didn't fit, because my hands shook uncontrollably," in Popula.
November 8, 2018
Jonathan Rick delivered a writing workshop to PR News at the Yale Club in New York. He also delivered six webinars to the Gerson Lehrman Group on email writing, virtual communications, and PowerPoint. 
October 30, 2018
We would like to thank all those who made submissions to the Writing FrankenTerps Competition. Please join us at the Gala that follows the Marathon Reading of Frankenstein, in McKeldin 6137.
February 8, 2019
Takoma Park Busboys and Poets will feature Kelly Cresap and others to honor Valentine's Day.
March 6, 2018
4:30 pm, Monday, April 9, 2018 | 1100 Cambridge Community CenterKate Starbird, assistant professor at University of Washington and expert on informatics, will share how alternative narratives of crisis information spread, creating confusion and clouding judgment.
November 1, 2017
(SUB)URBAN Curated by Matthew McLaughlin Featuring work by Amze Emmons, Yoonmi Nam, Benjamin Rogers, Nick Satinover, Christine Buckton Tillman, and Sang-Mi Yoo. October 30–December 16, 2017     Opening Reception Wednesday, November 1, 5–7 pm, Free and Open to the Public  This fall, the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents (Sub)Urban, an exhibition presenting works by six contemporary artists who question the reality of suburban and urban contexts through humor, satire, and irony. Through a combination of print, painting, installation, and sculpture, (Sub)Urban explores our contemporary surroundings and the underlying psychology of our modern living environments. These artists work in varying media, but their underlying interests coalesce around our diverse experiences of space, identity, consumption, and labor as immigrants, transplants, and minorities living in the contemporary built environment of late capitalism. They examine items from our houses and our streets, presenting them in new ways and bringing new associations to them, and in the process they uncover unexpected narratives that shape the ways we dwell within the rush of modern life. The exhibition is curated by Matthew McLaughlin.(Sub)Urban is on view at the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, October 30 through December 16, 2017. An opening reception will take place on November 1, 5–7pm, in the Stamp Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
November 19, 2014
Click here to access the playlist for Jonathan Auerbach's Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture.
November 19, 2014
On Nov. 24th, join PEN/Faulkner for In This Way Comes Morning: New Writing of the West African Diaspora, featuring Okey Ndibe, Taiye Selasi, and Chinelo Okparanta. Tickets $15. 
November 5, 2014
On Monday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m., the Folger Shakespeare Library's O. B. Hardison Poetry Series hosts the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, featuring Geoffrey Brock and Heather McHugh for what's sure to be a great night of readings. Tickets are $15.
November 5, 2014
How to Write a Literature Review – November 13, 2014; 10 am-12 pm OR 1 pm-3 pm, Mathematics Building 1403A
October 23, 2014
The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival presents Gary Shteyngart in conversation with Alan Cheuse Tickets
October 2, 2014
School of Music Music Scholars Lecture Seriespresents Sean Williams The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington "Irish-Speaking Regions as a Locus of Musical Exile" Leah Smith Lecture Hall (room 2200, School of Music, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center)
February 19, 2019
Stewart Foehl's (under pen name Stewart Lewis) new novel "Happily Whatever After" to be published in June 2020. 
February 15, 2019
Kelly Cresap provides tips on dealing with classroom diversity.
February 1, 2019
Academic & Professional Writing in an Age of Accountability grows out of a conference sponsored by the Academic Writing Board in 2014 and features articles by many UMD faculty members. 
November 30, 2018
The Fall 2018 Bywords Newsletter is now available. Learn more about recent publications, presentations, and scholarly achievements here. 
November 26, 2018
Programs supported include conferences, workshops, lectures, and more, and will be organized by graduate students, professional track faculty, and tenure track faculty.
November 20, 2018
Justin Lohr and PhD alumna and Assistant Professor at Elon University Heather Lindenman were recently published in Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service-Learning.
November 13, 2018
On October 26, at the Association for Business Communication’s 83rd Annual International Conference, Adam Lloyd presented a paper entitled, “Invalid Instruction: Disabled Faculty in the Professional Writing Classroom.” He also participated in the conference’s “My Favorite Assignment” roundtable, where he shared an activity entitled, “A Practical In-Class Demonstration of Activity Theory."
November 13, 2018
Danuta Hinc presented a paper, "Language, false dichotomies, and the many layers of shame," at the 2018 South Central MLA Conference in San Antonio, TX. She also published an essay, "Communist Poland. The ballot didn't fit, because my hands shook uncontrollably," in Popula.
November 8, 2018
Jonathan Rick delivered a writing workshop to PR News at the Yale Club in New York. He also delivered six webinars to the Gerson Lehrman Group on email writing, virtual communications, and PowerPoint. 
October 30, 2018
We would like to thank all those who made submissions to the Writing FrankenTerps Competition. Please join us at the Gala that follows the Marathon Reading of Frankenstein, in McKeldin 6137.

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  • February 8: Last Day of Add/Drop
  • March -24: Spring Break

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