Editing

Services

Our staff of editors is available to edit papers for formatting, grammar, and other issues that may be of concern to students.

EDITING SERVICES

Our editing services are available to students enrolled at the Littleton campus as well as online-only students for $18/hr. Students enrolled at our Washington, DC, campus should contact Brenda Whitelaw (Brenda.Whitelaw@denverseminary.edu) to arrange for editing. International students with an F-1 designation receive some complimentary editing during spring and fall semesters. For details, email us at writingcenter@denverseminary.edu.

Requests for edits are accepted over email and papers are then edited using Word's track changes feature. 

Our editors can help you in a number of ways. Here are a few of the things we can review:

  • Spelling, grammar, and punctuation
     

  • Content and structure (e.g., is the order logical? Are headings needed?)
     

  • Footnotes, parenthetical citations, and bibliographies (e.g., is everything formatted correctly according to APA/Turabian?)
     

When submitting editing requests, you may specify the level of editing you prefer. For example, perhaps you just want to make sure you've followed APA or Turabian form correctly. Or maybe you're more concerned about your grammar and punctuation. These are examples of "targeted" edits. If you want your paper reviewed for all of the potential issues listed above, that would be a "full" edit. If no level of editing is specified, the editor will do a full edit. Read our FAQs for more information on what you can and cannot expect from us.

Please note: At this time the Writing Center serves master's-level, non-thesis students only. If you are writing a master's thesis or are a doctoral student and would like a referral for an editor, contact Writing Center Coordinator Jana Matthews at jana.matthews@denverseminary.edu.  

HOW TO REQUEST EDITING

For scheduling purposes, editors need at least 48 hours (two weekdays) to complete papers under 10 pages, and 72 hours (three weekdays) for 10–20 page papers. Requests for papers over 20 pages are accepted on a case-by-case basis and require additional lead time. Requests are received Monday through Friday during business hours and completion is timed from receipt of request, not including weekends or holidays, though your paper may be returned to you at any time.

 

Please submit your paper formatted in Word only. We cannot edit .pdfs or papers formatted in Pages.

Send an email to writingcenter@denverseminary.edu and attach the paper that you want to have edited. Include the following information:
 

  • Your contact information

  • Your degree track

  • Course title and professor’s name

  • A brief summary of the assignment (you may also attach an assignment sheet)

  • How much time you would like spent editing this paper

  • Paper's length in total pages

  • The level of editing you would like, e.g., a focused edit or a full edit. (If a level is not specified, the editor will do a full edit.)

  • Your paper’s due date and time

  • The date you would like to have the paper returned

Note: If your paper is not finished and you want to reserve editing in advance, you may do so by sending the Writing Center an email (with the information outlined above) and letting us know approximately when the paper will arrive.

The designated editor will contact you to let you know that s/he will be working on your paper and will edit it using Word's track changes feature. Once completed, you will receive the paper back with an explanation of the edits. After you have worked with an editor (including the Coordinator), you may contact that editor directly in the future.  

Students are expected to pay editors via personal check or through an agreed-upon method of sending payment (Venmo, PayPal, Cash App, etc.).

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
CONTACT US

If you have any questions, please contact us.


Jana Matthews
Writing Center Coordinator

 writingcenter@denverseminary.edu