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The Writing Center: Home

An overview of services offered by The Writing Center for students in all phases of their academic careers

The Writing Center

The Writing Center at Garrett-Evangelical offers programs to support all students’ theological writing. Writing specialists provide one-on-one coaching at any stage of the process, working with you to fine-tune content, organization, and style. They also help you polish a completed draft by editing for clarity and flow and proofreading for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

For the Fall 2020 semester, the Virtual Writing Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Drop by to see how we can help you improve your writing:

Virtual Writing Center Zoom Room 

You also can contact one of the writing specialists to set up a video appointment or submit a paper for editing/proofreading (please see Submitting Papers to the Writing Center).

Writing Center activities are coordinated with other seminary offices dedicated to supporting student learning—such as the Styberg Library and the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE).


Your Writing Center Specialists

Writing Specialist Writing Specialist
Dr. Melanie Baffes    Dr. Henry Carrigan
Email Me!    Email Me!

Submitting Papers to the Writing Center

Submitting Papers to the Writing Center
Working with writing specialists
To submit a paper to the Writing Center for editing or proofreading, follow these guidelines:
 Send your paper to one of the writing specialists: Dr. Melanie Baffes, or Dr. Henry Carrigan,
 Please include a copy of the assignment.
 Let us know when the paper is due and the kind of help you need. If the paper is due soon, you may want us to focus on proofreading for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. If the paper is not due immediately and you have time for revisions, you may ask us to provide editing suggestions to help you strengthen your writing, organization, or argument.
 Please allow 24 hours for a shorter paper and 48 hours for a paper longer than 10 pages.
Citation style
Keep in mind that you must include citations for all sources you use in writing a paper. Garrett-Evangelical follows Turabian style, taken from A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (9th ed.). The library has a copy of the manual on the shelves, but you
also can check the online resource: Turabian Citation Quick Guide. Be sure to consult Garrett-Evangelical’s Formatting, Style, and Citation Guide, which has guidelines for formatting papers correctly; tips for using grammar, punctuation, and capitalization properly; examples of citations for sources not addressed in the Turabian style guide (such as Bible commentaries or class lectures); and abbreviations for books of the Bible.
Proofreading Checklist
Before submitting your paper to the Writing Center for editing and proofreading, be sure to do a final review and check for the following:
 Sentences are grammatically complete (subject/verb/complete thought).
 Sentences end with the appropriate punctation.
 Direct quotes are placed inside quotation marks.
 The subject and verb agree in every sentence.
 When using “it,” “he,” “she,” etc., the antecedents for these pronouns are clear.
 Pronouns and nouns agree (it is acceptable to use “they” with a singular noun such as “student”).
 Citations are included for every quote and paraphrase.
 The paper includes a bibliography of sources used (if applicable).
 Footnotes and bibliography entries follow Turabian formatting style.
 The paper is formatted with correct spacing, font, margins, and indentations.
 Quotations of more than four lines are set off as block excerpts.
 The paper has a separate title page (if applicable).

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