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Student Writing Resources

Hartford Seminary offers all students the services of a Writing Consultant, at no charge to the student. The Writing Consultant, Emily Holcombe, helps students improve their command of written English, organize essays and research papers, and follow the rules for footnotes and bibliography. She is available during the work week. In addition, she is on campus twice weekly, as follows:

Office Hours (Room 207, Student Meeting Room)

Monday:                      Noon – 2:00pm

Thursday:                    Noon – 2:00pm

At other times by appointment and per availability.

Emily prefers to receive papers by e-mail attachment, but is open to other arrangements. She will meet with a student once or twice, as time allows. She can confer also by phone, e-mail, or text, or for longer distances, by post.

To make an appointment, please phone or text her at (860) 707-4585. You may contact her via email as well: Eghnewmoon@aol.com

Please note that all papers must be submitted ahead of time in order to allow for editing and revision — both for Emily and you. Papers will be returned to the student within three to seven days, but please allow enough time, based on the length of the paper, to make the necessary revisions. See below for approximate guidelines.

  Length of Paper

Emily’s work time

Your Revision Time

Time Spent In Editing & Revising

1-5 pages

2-3 days

1-2 days

3-5 days

6-15 pages

3-4 days

2-3 days

5-7 days

15+ pages

6-7 days

2-4 days

8-11 days

 

Papers are considered received by Emily upon her receipt of the paper during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm. A paper sent at 11:30pm on a Tuesday will be “received” during business hours on Wednesday.

All students will receive a confirmation email from Emily which will include a date and time stamp, as well as estimation on when she will return the paper.

Please be aware that Emily may need additional time to work on a paper during busy times of the semester. Thus, it is better to build a cushion of 1-2 days into the time necessary for editing and revising during the mid-point and final weeks of a semester. Please include (and follow) any guidelines set forth by the professor and kindly make sure that Emily is aware of them also.

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