Making an Appointment
The Center for Theological Writing is located in the Westbrook building in rooms 0021, 0029, and 0037.
Appointments at the Writing Center can be made online through Sakai. Here’s what to do:
- Log in to Sakai.
- If you have been pre-registered for the Writing Center, you will see a tab marked "Divinity Writing Ctr" on the top blue bar. Click on it. (If the Divinity tab does not appear, please email Judith Heyhoe at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will get you set up.)
Second—Making (or Canceling) an Appointment and Registering on the Wait List
Once you have joined:
- Click on “Divinity Writing Ctr” tab or go to the “My Active Sites” tab and look for the “Divinity Writing Ctr” under "PROJECTS."
- Click on “Sign-Up” in the left-hand navigation menu.
- Look for either
- the tutor with whom you would like to work
- and/or the date you would like a tutorial
(you can also see which sessions are available if you click on “Schedule” in the left-hand navigation menu; a calendar with time slots will open up)
- Click on your selected tutor/date (in “Sign-Up” view).
- Click on “Sign-Up” (or if canceling, then “Cancel Sign-Up”).
- If you wish to add a comment (for example, about the type of help you need), click "Add a comment" and type in a message.
- If a meeting slot is full, you can add yourself to the Wait List by clicking on the “Join the Wait List” button. You will be notified via email if the slot becomes available, and you are then signed up for it. (There is no general wait list for the Center; you must sign up on wait lists for the particular tutorials that will work with your schedule.)
Note: Although we allow students to sign up for two appointments each week, we ask that you do not sign up for back-to-back appointments.
Canceling an Appointment
To cancel an appointment, follow the instructions above for making an appointment, but click “Cancel Sign-Up” rather than “Sign-Up.”
If you do need to cancel an appointment, please do so as soon as you can, especially as other students may be waiting to make use of the time slot.
Students who repeatedly skip meetings may lose the right to schedule future appointments.
Turning in a Paper
Although it is possible to use the Drop Box on the site to deposit your papers, we would prefer that you directly email your papers to your tutor. Email addresses are found on the Sakai site and are also listed below.
You should submit your papers preferably at least 24 hours in advance or in a timeframe agreed to by your tutor. Papers longer than 8 pages should be submitted at least 48 hours ahead of time.
However, while early submission is urged in order to ensure the best quality feedback, tutors are generally willing to work with you on short notice if you have a specific problem that is limited in scope or if you simply want to talk through your ideas for a paper. Contact your tutor to see if s/he is willing to help without closely reading your paper in advance.
Please note that when you turn in a paper, you should:
- include the prompt for the assignment
- state the class the paper is for
- note any particular concerns you may have (for example, “I’m not sure if I have a clear thesis,” “I can’t put together an organized argument,” “I need help with exegetical writing,” etc.).
The email addresses for the tutors are:
Aaron Ebert email@example.com
Meghan Florian firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith Heyhoe email@example.com
Josey Snyder josey.snyder@duke
If you feel that you need more extensive assistance with your writing (or have any special concerns or questions that you would like to bring to our attention), please contact Judith Heyhoe, the director of the Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can also make use of the Duke University Writing Center/Thompson Writing Program, and the university also has resources for students who have English as a Second Language.
Keep in mind that we are not a proofreading or editing service. Our goal is to help you become a better writer. While you are welcome to ask us questions about grammar and format, you are ultimately responsible for proofreading your paper.