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Language and Writing Center: Main

Peer writing tutors at CTS


Welcome to the Language and Writing Center (LWC) website. On this page you can find: 

  • services offered by the Language and Writing Center
  • a list of available tutors and LWC staff
  • information on how to schedule an appointment with a tutor
  • tips and techniques related to grammar, proofreading/editing, paper writing tips, research, and English writing skills

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to the Language and Writing Center coordinator.

Schedule Appointment

UPDATE: Due to budgetary constraints, the Language and Writing Center staff are working reduced hours this semester.

If you have a project that exceeds 8 hours of editing work per week (capstone project, thesis, constructive, Phd dissertation, or any written work that exceeds 20 pages) you are encouraged to request an editing/proofreading appointment at least two weeks in advance of your due date.

Tutors reserve the right to reschedule or cancel appointment requests for writing projects that would exceed 8 hours of work per week. This is to ensure that everyone has equal access to tutoring services and no one person is monopolizing time and resources. 

If you have any questions or concerns about how budgetary constraints are impacting student utilization of the Language and Writing Center, please see the Dean of Academic Affairs or the President of CTS to voice your concerns. 


Who can use the Language and Writing Center?

Any CTS student!

We can help

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

Meet the Tutors

 Zaynab Shahar, coordinator

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

Email: [email protected]

Pronouns: They/Themme




Mac Buff (they/them/theirs) is a first-year M.Div. student who lives in Tacoma, WA. In addition to school and working at the Language and Writing Center, they are the Associate Director of Education at an art museum. They received an M.Ed. in elementary education and English language arts from the University of California - San Diego, and a B.A. in history from George Fox University. Their writing has been published in museum education journals, LGBTQ religious blogs, and history magazines. 

Mac’s tutoring style: I enjoy helping my peers articulate and develop their ideas. I’ll work with you to really dig down and figure out how you can best structure your thoughts to express yourself. Tutoring, for me, is a collaborative process. 

Email: [email protected]