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The Writing Center
The mission of the Writing Center is to equip Wesley seminarians for the rigors of critical reading, analytical thinking, and expository writing for theological education. In partnership with Wesley faculty across the curriculum, our goal is to make weak writers stronger, good writers better, and groom our best writers to publish in the academy and media.
The Fall 2016 course, NC-114 Academic Writing for Seminarians, is designed to address writing challenges for domestic and international students alike. Inasmuch as academic writing takes skill, acquiring this skill can be accomplished with instruction, correction, and discipline. Your academic success is a partnership! REGISTER TODAY!
An accurate subtitle for this course might very well be, "Without Fear and Trembling: Academic Writing for Seminarians;" and will be taught as a practicum in critical reading, reflective thinking, and expository writing for theological education. Integrated modules review writing basics (parts of speech, sentence structures, grammar, punctuation); refine writing techniques (essay examinations, developing thesis, pre-writing, writing draft, making transitions, revising, editing, formatting, publishing to BlackBoard or professor); and research writing tools (interpreting syllabus, vocabulary builder, citations, style guides). To enhance essential writing skills of both English and International students, this course will incorporate self-assessment, personalized tool-kit, peer review, guided writing, reflection papers, and free writing.
Note: this course is technology driven. Students must know how to navigate BlackBoard Learn; and are required to bring laptops, tablets, and smart phones to class.
Wesley realizes that no two students require identical writing support. Therefore, the Writing Center integrates course instruction, workshops, and office consultations to equip students to use writing resources particular to their needs. We call the process of discovering and using personalized writing helps as theWriter's Swag Bag.
Throughout the year, form guides, citation helps, grammar gifts, and a hoard of handouts for writers will be uploaded to this space. All Wesley seminarians will have access to this information and are encouraged to download what you need for writing assignments and research. Collecting your writing tools in one location facilitates them being accessible when you need them most!
Check the Writing Center bulletin board weekly for Quips & Tips. Scan or download On the Fly infographic flyers. BookmarkWriting Resources from other excellent writing programs. What's in your Swag Bag? #writerswagbag
On the Fly
Writing Center faculty will extend one opportunity for students to revise a paper which fails the plagiarism identification software programmed into Blackboard. Repeat or blatant instances of plagiarism will be reported to the Dean for disciplinary action. #justdontdoit
The Covenant of Academic Honesty “I recognize that all forms of academic dishonesty are detrimental to my integrity and to the community. I recognize that infractions of this covenant may lead to a review of my status in the community. I recognize that professors have authority to determine whether computers will be used for exams. I have read and affirm the policy on dishonesty as stated in the Handbook under Disciplinary Actions on pages 24-25.”
The Writing Center hosts free writing workshops each semester open to all seminarians. These workshops will be work! Students will bring papers with problems and leave with solutions. Others might come for a refresher course. Others may just come for the coffee and pastries. Just come! REGISTER SOON.
- Saturday, September 10th, 10am to Noon, Elderdice--"Socratic Questioning for Topics, Themes, & Thesis"Registration Open
- Thursday, November 17th, 4-5:30p, Elderdice-- "Essay Like an Olympian: Timed and Triumphant"
The Writing Center is here to help Wesley seminarians write more than just class papers. We recognize that writing for ministry happens differently based on calling. We are here to support your crafting spiritual journey narratives, prayers, petitions, articles, abstracts, resumes, cover letters, biographical sketches, and any writing you are called to do in your ministry development! To get Writing Center support, write a draft of the document and Email Writing Center with any other relevant documents for suggestions on content, grammar, and style. #makeitplain
Re-imagine office hours as a rigorous 25 minutes workout with your personal trainer! During our meeting, you set the writing goal; come with an idea, issue, draft, or graded paper; and show up with confidence. For best results, email the paper or project we will discuss at least 24 hours prior to our meeting.
Office Hours are Tuesdays, 3-5p and Thursdays, 2-4p. Meetings are held in the Library classroom L-104. If another student is not present, walk-ins are welcome. Scheduling a meeting is strongly advised.
Schedule a meeting. Meetings are 25 minutes long. You may schedule two meetings a month. If you cancel or not show twice, you will not be able to schedule until the next semester.#communitycourtesy
"My heart is moved by a noble theme as I recite my verses to the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer." (Psalm 45:1)
Whether reciting poetry, preaching sermons, or presenting academic papers,
Rev. Raedorah C. Stewart, MA demonstrates acumen for Gospel messaging and skill as a writer, copy editor, and lecturer; and joins Wesley this Fall as Faculty Director of the Writing Center. Stewart has energized vision for revitalizing the Writing Center to support the rigors of critical thinking, analytical reading, and expository writing for theological studies; as well as, for creating a virtual tool kit accessible by seminarians throughout our local and global academic consortium.
A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, Stewart's worldview is refined from being raised in a multicultural family, participating in African diaspora and interfaith religious observances, and serving the Church universal for more than 25 years through ordained and licensed ministries of the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the American Baptist Church (USA), and the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. A bi-vocational minister, Stewart lives her writing passion as CEO of iWrite.Solutions LLC which specializes in academic editing, book indexing, ghost writing, and non-profit web development and content management.
Stewart invigorates her life as a writer by curating film and managing area film festivals for Reel Affirmations: DC International LGBT Film Festival; DC Shorts International Film Festival; The Jewish Film Festival; The Environmental Film Festival; and the American Film Institute Documentary Film Festival. She gleans her best writing fodder from the sacred work of motherhood, food, and dancing with strangers. Stop by her office for a calming sip of lavender tea or fast paced round of Scrabble using vocabulary from your theological academic writing.