The Writing Tutor


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The Writing Tutor office exists to help you as students improve as writers and researchers. My goal is to lend aid by way of offering critical feedback, suggesting research strategies, and providing responses that will help the student advance her or his paper. The Writing Tutor office is one of the many tools at Vanderbilt that can help students become effective writers, researchers, and communicators in the field of religion.

  • Email me or use the link above to set up an appointment; we can discuss a particular assignment, general writing concerns, or more substantive questions about research strategies, writing tools, etc.
  • If you wish to discuss a particular paper, please email it to me at least 24 hours before our appointment. Consultations must occur at least 3 days before a paper is due. This will allow you time to implement changes, perform any supplemental research, and finalize the paper.
  • If we are discussing a paper, information about the course, the assignment, and a copy of the syllabus are invaluable in helping me address the expectations for that paper.
  • I will help you with issues of structure, clarity, organization, grammar and the like with the paper; I can suggest ways an argument or thesis can be strengthened; and I can help you think through your ideas.
  • I cannot write, copyedit, or revise your paper for you. The responsibility for your paper, including the final grade, remains yours.
  • The writing process is often highly individual, but we can and will discuss ways you can develop your process and make it more efficient.
  • Writing consultations are confidential. I will not share any information about consultations with other students, administrators, or faculty without your consent. Papers will be kept confidential and secure.
  • Provisions of the Vanderbilt Honor System must be adhered to at all times.

Jean and Alexander Heard Library:

Vanderbilt Resources

Style Manuals
  • Kate L. Turabian. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th edition, revised by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory Colomb, Joseph M. Williams and the University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. 
  • Joseph Gibaldi. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th edition. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009.

Other University Writing Centers

Of Special Note:
  • Lucretia B. Yaghjian. Writing Theology Well: A Rhetoric for Theological and Biblical Writers. New York: Continuum, 2006.