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 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.
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.

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

PWP Faculty Books