Theological Writing Center

The Theological Writing Center is a supportive and encouraging place for collaboration between writer and writing tutor. We offer writing support to all students of Perkins School of Theology at any stage of your writing project.

Tutors are reference librarians and graduate students trained in helping you to improve your writing.

Appointments are 30-minute one-on-one consultations online or in person. Writing samples must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance. The more time you give us upfront, the more help we can offer during the appointment.

We can help develop:

  • Sound writing structure through a clear thesis and topic sentences
  • Critical thinking skills for reading, research methods, and writing
  • Appropriate writing style to match the varied tasks of theological education
  • Correctly formatted citations and the use of standard spelling and grammar

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Meet Our Staff

Jane Elder is the Head of Reference, Research, and Theological Writing Center at Bridwell. She has completed several degrees from SMU, including an MTS from Perkins and is working on a ThM. Her research interests include: Church History, History of Methodism, History of Texas and the American Southwest, Film History, Biography, Non-Fiction Writing, Writing Best Practices.

Ally Stokes is a Master of Theological Studies student specializing in Biblical Studies and Theology and Culture. Her research interests include: Women and Gender in Christianity, Theological responses to culture, Race and Class in American Religion, and discussing the vicissitudes of Koine Greek.

Mykayla Turner is a Master of Sacred Music student with an interest in a lifelong academic career focusing on church music and liturgical studies. Mykayla hails from Canada and brings interdisciplinary writing experience to the Bridwell team ranging from health sciences to music theory to theology. She is also trained as a classical pianist and continues to develop her musical abilities in liturgical contexts.

Christopher Walton is a PhD candidate in History. His research explores American religious history from the colonial era to the early national period. More particularly, he examines the effects of the Revolutionary war on the religious ideas, experiences, and identities of Congregationalists in the Connecticut River Valley.