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 Fall Events

  • Sept. 3rd   Labor Day (school closed) 
  • Sept. 10th  Drop/Add ends for the Fall semester
  • Sept. 11th   Waitlist period ends
  • Nov.  21-25th  Thanksgiving Recess 


September 20, 2018
Robin Earnest and Patrick Nelson will be presenting at the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention in Pittsburgh this coming March. 
September 11, 2018
Mary Turner provided the classroom instruction and coaching that helped inspire the successful proposal. #UMDWrites
September 11, 2018
Heidi Scott has a new book out, Fuel: An Ecocritical History (Bloomsbury Press, 2018). She also has an article forthcoming in the journal Victorian Studies: "Industrial Souls: Climate Change, Immorality, and Victorian Anticipations of the Good Anthropocene."
September 11, 2018
Alysia Sawchyn's review, "Essaying the World: On Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions," of Valeria Luiselli's recent book was published in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies 5.1. She also published a micro essay, "Simple," in the September issue of Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction.
September 11, 2018
Patrick Nelson will join a panel discussion at the PTK Faculty Symposium in October. Patrick and two others will discuss course / curriculum redesign projects they’ve undertaken, from “flipping” classrooms and shifting to student-centered course structures to creating a study abroad program. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore ways they might redesign courses they teach, be it through slight adjustments to complete overhauls.
September 11, 2018
Over the summer Robin M. Earnest worked on the Planning Committee for UMD's PTK Symposium which is scheduled for October 26, 2018. This fall, Robin will continue her work in support of PTK Faculty as an appointee to both ARHU's Collegiate Council, and ADVANCE's Advancing Professional Track Faculty Program.  
September 11, 2018
Stewart Foehl (pen name: Stewart Lewis) had a piece published recently on Motherwell Magazine: 
September 7, 2018
Jonathan Rick had an article published in PR Daily about resume writing — specifically, the excuses that students tell themselves as to why they need a "skills" section. 
September 3, 2018
Robin Earnest's proposal was selected for presentation, with Patrick Nelson, at the 2019 CCCC Annual Convention. Their presentation entitled "Student Inclusion Towards More Representative Diversity in College Writing Courses," will discuss the positive impact URM peer mentors can have on supporting classroom diversity and inclusion interests.   
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.

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