Professional Writing Program

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


July 11, 2019
Ross Angelella, Emily Flamm, Heidi Scott, Radford Skudrna, and Dennis Winston have been promoted to Senior Lecturer.  Pamela Gerhardt, Mark Forrester, and Caroline Wilkins have been promoted to Principal Lecturer. Candidates for appointment to the rank of Senior Lecturer must demonstrate a sustained record of exemplary teaching and exhibit promise in the areas of research, service, mentoring, and/or program development. 
June 11, 2019
Tyler Mills, a 2008 MFA alumna, has won the 2019 Snowbound Chapbook Award for her chapbook of poems entitled The City Scattered. 
May 29, 2019
Several faculty members have been recently promoted.
May 28, 2019
Please see below the winners of the 32nd Annual Professional Writing Contest.
May 23, 2019
Jonathan Rick recently delivered two workshops: One on sales and persuasion to Broad Reach Retail Partners, and one on résumés to the Young America’s Foundation.
May 21, 2019
Congratulations to our graduate students for their recent achievements and plans as they move on to the next stages in their careers.
May 17, 2019
Tom Earles and Leigh Ryan’s article, “The Writing Center as Workplace: Teaching, Learning, and Practicing Professionalism,” appears in the May/June issue of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. 
May 17, 2019
Ross Angelella's flash fiction short story "Horse and his Fishermen" was recently published in Textshop Experiments. 
May 17, 2019
Tom Earles and Marina Seamans presented “'I’m Only Here Because I Have to Be': Reassessing Required Visits” at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference at Lafayette College.
March 13, 2019
NCTE hosts its annual CCCCs convention in Pittsburgh March 13-16, 2019. UMD English faculty, students, and alumni present research in twenty-one sessions.

PWP Dates

  • August 22: Fall faculty development day for all PWP instructors, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in TWS 1310
  • August 26: First day of fall classes
  • September 9: Last day to add/drop fall class
  • November 4: Last day to withdraw fall class with "W" (restrictions apply--check Testudo)
  • November 21-25: Thanksgiving recess
  • December 10: Last day of fall classes
  • December 24-January 2:  Winter break (UMD closed)
  • January 1-22:  Winter session

Upcoming Events

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Thu Jul 16

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