Resources to promote outstanding writing for academic, professional, and creative work.
Writing Center Consultations
The Writing Center Consultants are knowledgeable folks who can provide you with guidance and support on a wide variety of writing projects or other types of assignments. They are available to help at all stages of your writing process.What kinds of help can the Writing Center Consultants provide?
- Answering your questions about writing
- Talking through your challenges and/or worries about writing
- Meeting with you to discuss a particular piece of writing
- Providing space and time for you to focus on your writing
- Helping you brainstorm ideas when you start writing
- Connecting you with (or creating!) resources to help you with writing
Consultant Liz Beebe
After studying sociology and religion in undergrad, Liz Beebe is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Affairs at Indiana University. However, her truest love is found in the study of theology and psychology, and she delights in considering the varied impacts of the gospel upon public services and public policy formation. A meeting with Liz will feature a conversational approach to cultivating your unique voice and clarity of thought, companionship in considering the implications of complex course material, and joint effort in troubleshooting writing process challenges such as structure and clarity in order to create a compelling written work. She finds the growth and change emanating from the writing process to be one of the best analogies for the human journey of discipleship, and thus, feels most herself with pen and paper in hand.
Consultant Phil Doud
Phil Doud graduated from The Seattle School in 2013 with his Masters of Divinity and runs Heroically, a Life Coaching practice focused on helping people connect to their best self and build a thriving life. He has previously worked as a teacher and tutor, and at the school as an Assistant Instructor, Alumni Liaison, and Academic Advisor. His focus as a Writing Consultant is on helping students discover the unique processes that sustainably work for them to find their voice and integrate mind, heart, and spirit.
Appointment slots are 40 minutes each and will be conducted via Zoom. A link will be provided in your calendar event. Please do not share copies of papers or other documents via google drive or email; any writing sample that you wish to discuss will be done “live” using screen share in your consultation meeting.
Any type of class assignment is something you can take to the writing center! The consultants can help you with group projects, class presentations, research papers, reflection writing, and much more.
Writing Center Consultants are happy to help you brainstorm ideas, help you work out a good plan for writing, or read through drafts with you of papers for your courses. However, because they are not in your courses, Writing Center Consultants cannot assist you with course-specific concerns such as interpreting assignments or answering specific questions about what your instructors expect. If you have course-specific questions, such as needing further clarification on course topics, definition of terms, or explaining a specific assignment’s rubric, Assistant Instructors are better positioned to help you with these questions.
Paper Formatting at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
Assignments are to be formatted in accordance with standards of APA or Chicago style for student papers unless otherwise designated by the professor. Click here to read the 2020 update about how to apply these citation resources.
- Assignments are to be typed and formatted for 8 1/2 x 11 letter size document
- Use 12 point serif font; examples include Times New Roman, Palatino, and Cambria
- Use 1-inch margins on all sides
- Text should be double spaced
- Include a title page according to student paper formats for APA & Chicago styles
- Place page number in upper right corner
- Upload assignments as .pdf or .doc files and save according to syllabi requirements, ex: “lastname.firstname.assingmentname”
Sample PapersAPA Style
Counseling classes require APA style for all written assignments. APA cites references parenthetically within the body of the paper and lists them on a separate References page. Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 7th edition for complete style guidelines. Note that APA provides specific guidelines for student papers that may differ from some aspects of manuscript publication formatting; these are generally noted within examples.
Theology and Biblical courses require Chicago Turabian style for all written assignments. As there are two different Chicago versions, The Seattle School uses Chicago Notes & Bibliography (rather than Chicago Author-Date), which cites references by utilizing footnotes and lists them separately on a Bibliography page. The Seattle School’s institutional subscription to the online Chicago Manual also includes links for Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers, which is the student version of The Chicago Manual of Style geared for formatting student assignments.
- EasyBibis a free, automatic citation maker
- Knight Citeis a free online citation generator provided by Calvin College’s Library. Registered users can save citations and bibliographies
- Son of Citation Machinehelps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information they use
- CrossRef’s free>DOI lookupis a helpful tool for locating the DOI of digital (online) materials
- Resource provided by Stanford University, adapted from Andrea Lunsford’sTop 20 Tips for Editing Your Writing providing descriptions and examples of common errors
- General Writing and Grammarresources from Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab
- Purdue’s Online Writing Lab resource on Avoiding Plagiarismdefines plagiarism and provides tips for avoiding it