Writing Coaching & Feedback

Receive Feedback on a Paper
If you would like to receive feedback on a paper, contact us at: cswhelp@gmail.com. In your e-mail include:
  • Your contact information;
  • The name of the course your paper is for;
  • A description of the assignment;
  • Any areas on which you would like us to focus our attention; and
  • Attach your paper to your message as a Word document.
A CSW staff member will contact you to confirm receipt of your paper. Please allow 72 hours for us to review your work. We encourage you to plan ahead so that you have plenty of time to consider our feedback and to make the changes to your paper that you deem necessary.

To access the CSW Guide, click here.

Consultation Services
The CSW offers writing consultation services for students up through the candidacy process. We assist at all points in the writing process, from brainstorming through finished product, with the goal of equipping students to become self-editors. We focus particularly on issues of coherence and flow as well as compliance with APA and DPLS format. We can assist with departmental resources, such as the templates, the Red Book, the Blue Book, and the DPLS Checklist for Academic Papers. We provide referrals to other writing resources, including the Gonzaga writing lab for basic syntax and diction issues and DPLS-approved editors for proofreading and page-by-page editing.

We are not a proofreading service. Rather, we will take a global look at your paper and provide overall feedback. We may illustrate our comments by highlighting specific examples from your work, but the bulk of editing remains yours. For instance, if we notice recurring difficulties in your in-text citations, we may highlight and correct these on a couple of pages, leaving it to you to correct the remainder. This is in keeping with our goal of equipping students to become self-editors.

The CSW also provides assistance for those interested in submitting papers for publication. Through this website you will find resources on cover letters and information on locating appropriate venues for your work.

Finally, we are available to answer questions that may arise for you as you write. Are you wondering how to cite a resource from your Kindle? Ask us. Are you curious about the difference between “that” and “which”? Drop us an e-mail at cswhelp@gmail.com.

The aforementioned services are free and are available virtually (via e-mail) and in person (by appointment). Hours are flexible and designed to accommodate the needs of DPLS students.

To access the CSW Guide, click here.

Approved Editors

Beth Armstrong
Beth Armstrong is the founder of Gonzaga's Center for Scholarly Writing. She started the CSW in 2009 to provide writing assistance specifically for DPLS students. She believes that the job of a writer is to take the reader on a coherent journey through his/her thoughts; as such, she specializes in helping students develop a clear focus and an orderly flow for their papers. Beth has had both scholarly and popular work published. She earned a B.A. in Communication ('93), an M.A. in Counseling ('97), and hopes to complete her doctorate by Spring 2014. She is writing her dissertation on the stained glass ceiling, the unique obstacles clergywomen face in leadership. Given the current constraints on her schedule, she is only available to edit papers and articles of less than 25 pages. Contact Beth at: earmstrong@zagmail.gonzaga.edu.

Debbie Brown
Debbie Brown holds a B.A. in Culture, Literature and the Arts, and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell, and is currently a DPLS student. Her research interests are in critical theory and rural development in Africa. Debbie is an editor for the Center for Scholarly Writing and is involved in Journal Club, as well as in a post-structuralist feminist DPLS community of practice. She is also the graduate student representative on the Gonzaga President's Advisory Committee on Disability. Debbie is a TA for the Master's program in Organizational Leadership. Her expertise is in scholarly, academic papers and APA 6, as well as having extensive familiarity with the White Book (for course and candidacy papers) and the Blue Book (for dissertations). Debbie is willing to work with all phases of the writing process, from brain-storming through polished, final drafts. Contact Debbie at: dbrown10@zagmail.gonzaga.edu.

Joanie Eppinga
Joanie Eppinga has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in counseling. Eppinga has been editing dissertations for Gonzaga students since 2004. She is particularly good with APA, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and typos, and she has an employee who specializes in formatting issues. Quick turnaround is a specialty. Contact Joanie at: eagleeyeediting.com, info@eagleeyeediting.com, or 509-838-6720.

Daryl Geffken
Daryl Geffken currently works in areas of student leadership development, ethical congruency, and writing/data analysis for the Vice President of Student Life at Gonzaga University. He earned a B.A. in History (’97), a M.Div. in Christian Theology (’01), and will receive his PhD in Leadership and Christian Ethics this May. His research investigated what motivates Christians to live by an ethic of responsible care that is contrary to a cultural ethic of consumerism and privilege. Before his work for Gonzaga, Daryl has worked as a TA and lectured at various schools, and was engaged in professional ministry for 13 years. He has a Master’s of Divinity from Multnomah Biblical Seminary and a Bachelor’s of Arts in History. Daryl has a variety of editing experience, including: term and candidacy papers, presentation and project proposals, academic submissions, theses, and dissertations. He also provides transcription services. Contact Daryl at: dgeff3@gmail.com.

Josh Misner
Josh Misner has taught communication studies for North Idaho College since 2008 and has also worked with online students, facilitating the thesis seminar for Gonzaga's Masters in Organizational Leadership program since 2009. He earned a B.A. in Applied Communication Studies, an M.A. in Communication & Leadership, and is currently finishing his dissertation in the DPLS program. Josh's doctoral research is a qualitative multiple case study based in positive psychology, which explores the impact of mindful presence on father-child interpersonal communication and the implications such interaction has on development of early childhood initiative and purpose. Other research interests include communication theory, mindfulness studies and media psychology. Editing projects include dissertations, candidacy papers, and publication submissions. Contact Josh at: jmisner@zagmail.gonzaga.edu.

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