Test: The Good Scribe

Western Seminary's Writing, Reading, Research, and Tutoring Center

Welcome to the official page for Western Seminary’s Writing Center!

Who We Are

The Good Scribe, also known as the Writing Center, is a team of Western Seminary staff and students who have a passion for writing – and for helping students become better communicators and academicians.

What We Do

We Provide Free Help In The Following Areas

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  • Proofreading
  • Essay/Paper Structuring/Outlining


  • The Writing Center believes that the best writers are also good readers.
  • As such, the Center can help you with your reading skills and can recommend resources to help you improve! Ask us how we can help!
  • For example, we can recommend resources to boost your reading speed, et cetera.


  • Though the Western Seminary Library offers research assistance – they can train you how to use databases and help with resources for Turabian and/or APA styling – the Writing Center can help you with specific Bible and Theology tools and sources to help you research and write.
  • For example, we can train you with basic skills in Logos, STEPBible, Blue Letter Bible, and other tools.
  • Moreover, we can help direct you to sources and authors suitable for your project(s) – e.g., we can help you select technical or pastoral commentaries, et cetera.


  • If you need help with your academics, such as with time management and-or test-taking skills, et cetera, the Writing Center can assist you in becoming the best student you can be.

How We Do It

We Assist Students via Editing Sessions and Tutorials and Provide a Variety of Super Cool and Helpful Resources!

Editing Sessions and Tutorials

  • We meet with students in Individual Sessions, Group Sessions, and Webinars.


  • We provide book, website, and app recommendations,
  • videos,
  • and sample papers.

Where We Do It

The Writing Center, through our Student Services Department, Serves The Majority of the Western Seminary Community!

No matter where you are located, we want to work with you. 

  • That means we can meet you virtually via Zoom, or discuss your paper in person at our Portland (PDX) campus.
  • All students who participate in the Center’s services will be enrolled in the Center’s Moodle page, where you will submit all of your assignments.

Why We Do It

The Writing Center Seeks to Meet These Key Goals

To equip students for their seminary calling.

  • We aim to help students develop clarity of communication in their ministries (e.g., to make clear the Gospel; Col. 4:3-4). 
  • And to promote Western Seminary’s Mission Statement


Connect | Contact

Nicholas Emmanuel Mariakis

Director of the Writing Center

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(503) 517-1856