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Language and Writing Center: Main

Peer writing tutors at CTS

Who can use the Language and Writing Center?

Any CTS student!

We can help

  • people for whom English is a second language and native English speakers,
  • students of any degree program, masters or doctoral,
  • people who are experienced experts and people who haven't written a paper in 20 years, and
  • face-to-face students and online students.

Need Tutoring?

There are two ways to get tutoring from the Language and Writing Center:

  • Email the Language and Writing Center. Send us an email and let us know what assignment you're working on, what you'd like help with, and whether you'd prefer to schedule a face-to-face appointment or just get advice over email or videochat.
  • Come by during walk-in hours. The Language and Writing Center will hold regular walk-in hours in Room 315 this semester at a time to be determined. In the meantime, just send us an email for an appointment.

Walk-in hours

The Language and Writing Center will hold regular walk-in hours in Room 315 this semester (time to be announced).

International Students' Spouses Group

Send an email to the Language and Writing Center for details about our International Students' Spouses group.

Meet the Tutors

 Zaynab Shahar, coordinator

Zaynab is a Phd student in Comparative Religion. Her research focuses on gender, ritual, and religious law within Judaism and Islam. She received her M.A in Religious Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary; focusing on philosophy of religion, Islamic Gender Studies, and Jewish Gender Studies.  She received her B.A in Jewish Studies from Hampshire College; focusing on historical anti-semitism, eastern European Jewry, and Jewish Gender Studies. In her spare time, Zaynab is a freelance writer for feminist and social-justice oriented publications.


Melanie Jones, tutor

‚ÄčFrom the “Windy City” known as Chicago, IL, Melanie is a young woman advocating for social transformation in the Church, classroom, and global community. Melanie is a Doctor of Philosophy Student at Chicago Theological Seminary pursuing a degree in Theology, Ethics, and Human Sciences with a concentration in Black Faith & Life. Her doctoral work explores the theological and ethical complexity of Black women’s body politics in the Church and society utilizing African American religious history, postcolonial theory, and womanist theological ethics. She received her Master of Divinity degree with a certificate in Black Church Studies from Vanderbilt University Divinity School (VDS) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Howard University. In her spare time, Melanie loves to trek with Girl Trek (a national organization committed to healthy bodies for Black women by walking in neighborhoods) and travel to exciting destinations.

JareBeverly, tutor
Jared Beverly is a PhD student in Bible, Culture, and Hermeneutics, focusing specifically on the Hebrew Bible, sexuality, and animality. He received his Master of Theological Studies degree at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. Besides studying, teaching/TAing, and acting as coordinator for the Language and Writing Center at CTS, he enjoys running on the Lakefront Trail and burning pumpkin spice candles, though not at the same time.