Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department


Welcome to the Loyola Writing Department Website

The writing department at Loyola offers one of the very few undergraduate writing majors in the country. Rather than learning how to write within the structures of a single discipline, our students can explore, study, and practice a wide variety of forms including rhetoric, professional writing, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose. Select this link to read more about the writing department.

Department Chair
Professor Karen Fish

Department Address
Loyola University Maryland
4501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
Writing Department
Maryland Hall 043
Main Department Line: 410-617-2228
Department Fax Line: 410-617-2934

The Loyola Writing Center

Run by the writing department but open to all Loyola students, the Writing Center offers assistance to students who need help in all stages of writing – brainstorming, organizing, and revising. The Writing Center also offers students an opportunity to begin learning how to teach writing as consultants. Visit the Writing Center page for more information.


For Faculty:

Cardin Chair Faculty Seminar on Language Diversity and Inclusive Pedagogy
Offered by Patricia Bizzell
**All sessions will meet in the Refectory & include refreshments
Chicana feminist and queer theorist Gloria Anzaldúa wrote, “If you want to really hurt me, talk badly about my language. Ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity—I am my language” (Borderlands / La Frontera, 1987). At a Jesuit school committed to cura personalis, are we being inclusive if we defer commenting on a student’s ideas until we detect no traces in her academic English of another version of English, or another language altogether? How do we honor the linguistic resources our students bring to the university and still fulfill our duty to guide them toward mature academic discourse? This seminar will address these questions.
The three sessions are linked, but loosely enough that anyone is welcome to attend any—or all—of them. Brief readings will be posted for consideration at each session. Join the lively, frank, interactive discussion!
The link for access to the seminar’s Moodle site and to get the readings is Faculty Seminar Spring 2016. Once there, click on the green “Enroll me” button.
Tuesday 2 February 2016, 5:00: How Important is the Teaching of Grammar?
Mistakes in academic English grammar snag the eye like cat claws in a sweater, and since they are easy to identify and quantify, professors often limit their comments on student writing to pointing out these errors. But we should consider how this approach de-prioritizes the disciplinary knowledge we are charged to convey to students, and how it discourages inquiring young minds from language minority communities.
Thursday 17 March 2016, 5:00: Can “Non-Standard” American Englishes Work in Academic Discourse?
Traditionally academic discourse has employed a version of English designated as the Standard from its socially prestigious origins. As the academy has diversified, however, scholars have brought other versions of English, such as Black English, to their intellectual work and made unique contributions. Can or should we encourage undergraduates to experiment with their home versions of English in their academic work? The issue may relate more to control than to correctness.
Tuesday 12 April 2016, 5:00: How Should We Respond to the Diversity of American Languages?
English has become the common language of scholarly work worldwide. Yet a strict English-Only policy does not serve our students well, as knowledge of more than one language is increasingly necessary to participate in the global economy, political scene, and cultural exchange. Are we being inclusive if we require flawless English from students who speak another native language? Can we project diverse languages as intellectual assets beyond the courses designed to teach them?

For questions about the writing department website, please email the webmaster, Dr. Allen Brizee.
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