Writing Guide & Assistance

EI Guide to Theological Writing

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute provides a printed guide for theological writing. To read or download that guide, please click here: SMSU Academic Writing Guide 2019-2020

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Writing Assistance

One of the services available to St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute students is writing assistance. Writing assistance may be initiated by a student, recommended by an instructor, or mandated by a dean. The Writing Specialist is available to help students in three areas:

  • in every aspect of written assignments, including understanding the assignment, choosing a subject, locating sources, crafting a thesis, planning the document, drafting the document, and revising the document;
  • in preparing to take or retake the Academic Skills Assessment (ASA);
  • if needed, for instruction and practice in grammar/mechanics, writing skills, reading comprehension, and critical thinking.

First consultations will normally be held face-to-face in the Writing Assistance Office (210A) during published office hours. It is strongly recommended that students make an appointment (by email or phone). If the Writing Specialist is free, walk-in assistance will be given. Where applicable, students are encouraged to provide in advance written guidelines for assignments and/or their current working draft of an assignment. As needed, assistance will continue in person or by electronic and/or phone communication.

Dr. Kimberly McManus (410.864.3606) is the E.I.’s Writing Specialist. Consult the newsletter or bulletin boards for her office hours. Students are advised to plan ahead, to start assignments well in advance, and to contact her as early as possible.