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The Writing Center

The Writing Center prepares students to engage the world skillfully as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The center offers professional writing assistance to all students free of charge. Our mission is to help students communicate gospel truths clearly and effectively. Follow us on Twitter for updates: @SBTSwriting.

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Submit your paper to the Writing Center

More than a simple proofreading service, the Writing Center seeks to equip students with tools they need to communicate well. Upload a completed paper or a work in progress to receive feedback from one of our Writing Mentors.

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Meet with a Writing Mentor

The Writing Center assists writers of all levels and reviews papers in all stages of development. You may request an appointment outside of regular posted hours if needed by emailing us. Get one-one-one writing coaching by scheduling an appointment here.

Helpful Tips and Guides

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Find the research and writing resources you need

The Writing Center strives towards making better communicators. We have available to you a page of resources, a master calendar of Writing Center events, a blog that offers writing tips, and more!

What is The Writing Center

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Become a better writer

Students may bring drafts of any assignment to the Writing Center for help with content or mechanics. 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 also have ample resources for you to use.

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Upcoming Workshops

Attending a Writing Center workshop can help you plan and draft a book review, learn how to use the Southern Seminary Manual of Style, and strengthen your research paper, paragraph, or sentence organization. Participate in activities that sharpen you writing and grammar mechanics.

Meet the Writing Center Staff

Dr. Alisha Biler

Writing Center Coordinator
Originally from Ohio, Alisha comes to SBTS after spending several years in South Carolina working on helping students develop writing skills. She earned her undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina. With an educational background in Linguistics, she enjoys all things related to language, reading, and writing. She is excited to join the community here at SBTS to support both students and faculty in their writing and ministry.

Kathy Driver

Prior to coming to SBTS in 2014, Kathy Driver worked for seven and a half years in the Writing Center at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She enjoyed working with students of all ages and nationalities there and has had the privilege of serving students at SBTS since 2014. She and her husband came to SBTS due to his appointment as seminary librarian and church history professor. She graduated from the University of Alabama (Huntsville) with a B. A. in English and Music minor and a M.A. in Theological Studies from Southwestern Seminary.

Zak Tharp

Zak Tharp is an editor, writer and lay pastor. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Church History at Ridley College Melbourne and completed an M.A. in Theological Studies from SBTS in 2019. He grew up in rural East Texas and holds a B.A. in Communications Studies with a minor in Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has served in camp ministry and as a pastoral intern in Nacogdoches, TX. Currently, he teaches high school English in Weatherford, TX. Zak is married to Hannah and enjoys coffee, hammocks, hiking, theology, and seeing people savor Jesus.

Laura-Lee Alford

Thanks to her parents’ military and subsequent missionary service, Laura-Lee grew all over the American South (minus a three-year stint in Japan). North Texas became home in high school. In 2010, Laura-Lee graduated from Champion Christian College with a B.A. in Christian Education. She then completed a certificate program in descriptive linguistics and cultural anthropology through Baptist Bible Translators Institute. Eight years of teaching ministry in India, the U.S., and Papua New Guinea highlighted the need for further theological training. In May 2022, Laura-Lee completed an M.A. in Biblical Counseling at SBTS; she hopes to continue in further studies next year. When blessed with free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with friends.

Steph Chang Avila

Having grown up in Austin, Texas, Steph spent the past 10 years studying and working in Boston, London, and Singapore. In 2019, she moved to Louisville to pursue an M.Div. along with her husband, Dav. Prior to this, she worked as an editor at a London start-up company and served as a full-time women’s worker at her church in Singapore. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and her M.A. in History of Art from the University of London. In her spare time, she enjoys watering her plants and baking sourdoughs.

Grace Crow

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Grace lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, Alex. While he is a full time dental school student, Grace works as the Internal Project Manager at Fund the Nations. She graduated in 2021 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Communications/Public Relations and Business Administration. She has worked in a Writing Center before, during her undergraduate degree. She enjoys aiding students through the writing process. Her favorite part is getting to know students and watching their writing skills blossom. Her current goals are to complete her M.A. in Christian Education from SBTS and become a Bible study curriculum writer.

Dr. Nick Campbell

Growing up just north of Chicago, Nick attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for a B.A. in Biblical Studies and continued there for an M.A. in Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages and an M.Div. After a few years of pastoral ministry, he felt the call to return to academics and came to Louisville to pursue a Ph.D. in Old Testament at SBTS in 2018. His primary passion is Near Eastern literature and its interaction with the Old Testament. Outside of studying Near Eastern literature and obscure history, Nick enjoys playing music and hiking on any trail that he can find.

Veronica Graham

Veronica was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Apologetics from SBTS with intentions to work in publishing. She earned her B.A. in English, History, and Classical Civilization from the University of Toronto in 2018. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, staying active, and eating good food with good friends.

Cassie Hunt

Cassie grew up in the Chicago suburbs and graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Social Work. Her desire to walk with the suffering in a biblically-faithful manner grew after spending a year in inner-city Indianapolis, leading her to begin her M.A. in Biblical Counseling at SBTS in 2022. Cassie and her husband, Kyle, moved from Georgia to Louisville later that year to continue studying on campus. They became joyful parents to Elora in 2023. Cassie is thankful for the opportunity to help students cultivate clear communication for God’s glory. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, sunsets, and learning new kitchen skills.

Dr. Ann Riedling

Dr. Ann Riedling grew up in a small town in Indiana. She holds a B.S. in Education, an M.Ed. in Library Science, and doctorates in Educational Administration and Theology. Ann served as a professor for over thirty years, teaching primarily Library and Information Science. For approximately ten years, she owned an online editing company, WordWizard, and during that time edited thousands of materials from a wide variety of topics. Ann also wrote twenty books, eighteen textbooks, and two trade books. Her passion is travel and she served as a Fulbright Scholar for three years in the Middle East. She has visited over fifty different countries.

Jenn Stec

Jenn lives in Lancaster, Kentucky and has been married to her husband Tim for 25 years. Jenn holds a B.S. in Commerce from Washington and Lee University, with emphases in Accounting and Finance. She enjoyed a number of years working for IBM prior to leaving the professional workplace to focus on home-educating their three children. Tim completed his M.A. in Biblical Counseling at SBTS in May 2022. Jenn and Tim have three children and a son-in-law: daughter Hannah Miller, who graduated from Boyce College in 2023, son Raigan, who begins his freshman year at Boyce in Fall 2023, and son Bryant, who is in 9th grade. Their son-in-law, Titus Miller, is a Boyce student in Biblical Counseling. Jenn started working for the Writing Center in 2021 and will assume the role of SBTS Doctoral Style Reader in July 2023. When she is not teaching, she enjoys visiting national parks, drinking dark roast coffee, and crocheting.

Noah Moon

Born and raised in Albertville, Alabama, Noah Moon lives in Auburn, Alabama with his wife, Tristian. Currently, he is earning his M.Div. in Christian Ministry through SBTS while participating in a pastoral internship at Lakeview Baptist Church. As an ordained minister, Noah previously served as the pastor at Waverly Baptist Church in Waverly, Alabama. In May 2023 Noah graduated with a B.A. in English Creative Writing from Auburn University, where he also worked as a tutor and consultant. He has published both a poem and a creative nonfiction essay through Auburn University’s student Creative Writing magazine, The Auburn Circle, and he hopes to continue his passion of writing both fiction and non-fiction for the glory of God.

Contact Us

Office: Norton 114
Our Spring 2024 Hours
Mondays: 1:00 – 5:00
Tuesdays: 11:00-4:00
Wednesdays: 10:00am-2:00
Thursdays: 9:00am; 11-00-1:00
Fridays: 11:00-4:00
*Appointments available by Zoom or in person.

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Tel. (502) 897-4797

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