the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Writing Center

Purpose

At the SBTS Writing Center, we recognize the importance of the written word as a means of communicating the truths of God’s Word with others. To prepare students to engage their world skillfully as ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we offer professional writing assistance to all students free of charge. More than a simple proof-reading service, the Writing Center seeks to equip students with the tools they need to communicate well.

Students may bring drafts of any assignment to the Writing Center for help with content (like thesis statements, organization, or argumentation) or mechanics (like grammar, spelling, or style). Because writing is a process, we welcome students at any stage, from choosing a topic to polishing a final draft.  The Writing Center seeks not only to assist students with specific assignments but also to help them become better writers, able to communicate biblical truth with clarity and power.

We provide free appointments for students. We are available on campus or by email to help with any stage of the writing process from brainstorming to editing.

Locations/ On Campus hours:

  • James P. Boyce Library, room 225:
    • M  10 am – 2pm
    • T    8:15 am -12:45pm (closed for chapel 10-11)
    • W  1 – 5pm
    • R   2:30 pm – 5pm
  • Sampey 111:
    • M  3 – 5pm
    • T-R 10am – 5pm

Email us at writingcenter@sbts.edu to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. If you don’t have an appointment, we’re happy to help on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Students may send in papers and questions at any time to writingcenter@sbts.edu, and we will respond the next time our writing mentors are working (usually Monday-Thursday). We try to respond within 36 hours. The last month of the semester, we need two full working days to respond to papers.

To help us serve you better:

Please try to make an appointment at least a few days in advance of the date your paper is due so that you will have time to make changes before you turn in the final product.

When you come for an appointment or send us a paper, include as many details as you can about your assignment and about any specific areas in which you would like our help.

Templates & SBTS Manual of Style 

To find unusual or complicated citations, students may refer to chapter 14 of The Chicago Manual of Style:  

http://ezproxy.sbts.edu/login?url=http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/contents.html.

QEP Writing Instruction Videos

 

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.