Professional Writing

Committed to Student Success Beyond the Classroom

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


March 16, 2017
Ruth Osario's second peer-reviewed publication is out in Rhetoric Review, titled "Embodying Truth: Sylvia Rivera’s Delivery of Parrhesia at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally.”
February 23, 2017
Sara Wilder, who is currently completing her Ph.D. at Ohio State University, will be joining us this fall.
January 4, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 5th through the 8th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students.
December 2, 2016
Danuta Hinc chaired two Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Literatures panels at the 2016 South Central MLA Conference in Dallas, TX in November.
December 2, 2016
Cameron Mozafari and Linda Coleman presented papers on October 27 at the "Terps Talk Politics" conference, sponsored by Chelona, the University of Maryland graduate student branch of the Rhetorical Society of America. Cameron's paper was "Corpus Approaches to Analyzing Rhetorical Commonplaces in Primary Speeches," and Linda's was "'Just so you understand, OK?: The Interactive Rhetoric of Donald Trump." 
December 2, 2016
In late October Scott Wible delivered a keynote address at the Thomas R. Watson Conference at the University of Louisville. Building on the conference theme, "Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation," Wible's talk examined his two-year collaboration with the University of Maryland Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to teach creative problem-solving methodologies in the professional writing classroom.In mid-November, Scott Wible served on the National Council of Teachers of English Resolutions Committee. In addition to preparing three resolutions submitted from the NCTE membership for discussion and voting at the annual NCTE business meeting, the five-person committee also drafted the "Resolution on Contemporary Discourse in the English Language Arts Classroom," which was unanimously approved at the business meeting and will be voted on by the full NCTE membership in the coming months.Scott Wible chaired the Graduate Research Award committee of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, which selected three graduate students in professional writing studies to present their research projects on a showcase panel at the 2017 ATTW Conference.
December 1, 2016
Jess Enoch's chapter, Transcribing Women’s Diaries in the Digital World," collaboratively written with Elizabeth Novara, curator of Historical Manuscripts in Hornbake Library, has been accepted to Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian.Her chapter “Abductive Historiography: This Is a (Feminist) Test” has been published in Abducting Writing Studies (Eds. Kyle Jensen and Sid Dobrin; Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP).Her book review, collaboratively written with UMD PhD Elizabeth Miller, of You Can’t Padlock an Idea: Rhetorical Education at the Highlander Folk School, 1932-1961 by Stephen Schneider was published in Rhetoric and Public Affairs
November 30, 2016
Linda Coleman will present a rhetorical analysis of President Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech as part of the Bowie Library program commemorating Pearl Harbor Day on December 7.
November 29, 2016
PWP Senior Lecturer, Robin M. Earnest, Esq.recently served as a judge for the Great American Mock Trial Invitational  ("GAMTI"). The GAMTI is the national competition for undergraduate mock trial teams. Over 25 schools participated in the Washington, D.C. Invitational where attorney Earnest served as a judge. 
November 22, 2016
Fall updates from PWP:

Writing-Related Panel for Law School Applicants

In September 2011, several law school admissions officers joined University of Maryland faculty and staff for a roundtable discussion on writing personal statements for law school applications. Videos of the program, which was cosponsored by the English Department’s Professional Writing Program, can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Video:Panel Discussion: Writing the Personal Statement for Law School


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