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Welcome to the Writing Center

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 Visiting the Writing Center


The Writing Center is located in Payson Library in the Academic Center for Excellence (Payson 315, between the Student Success Center and the Genesis Lab on the 2nd floor).  When you arrive for your appointment, just check-in at the front desk. Your tutor will be wearing a neon green lanyard that says "Writing Center." 

Hours of Operation

Generally, tutors are available 6-7 days a week.  The hours vary from day-to-day. Appointments after 5pm will be conducted online. 

 About the Writing Center

A Brief History

The Writing Center was established in 1975 by Dr. Cynthia Novak who wanted to provide writing support for her international students. Dr. Novak began holding small tutoring sessions in her office. Over the years, the Writing Center has expanded, moving its locale several times. It is now housed in Payson Library.

What We Do

The Writing Center is a friendly place to get help with your writing. Experienced writing consultants can help you develop ideas, research information, generate a draft, revise your work, or edit a final draft. Our goal is not to "correct" your writing, but to help you become a better writer.

All Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff members are invited to use the Writing Center. We help experienced writers who wish to improve their skills as well as less experienced writers who need help completing class assignments and projects.

We are here to help you with a variety of writing tasks, including:

  • Research Papers
  • Reviews
  • Expository Essays
  • Graduate School Applications
  • Cover Letters
  • Junior Writing Portfolio

Our Writing Consultants

All of our Writing Consultants have been carefully trained to assist our clients. The following are our tutors for the 2021/22 school year:

Returning Tutors:

  • Emily Cabral
  • Eva Duran
  • John Flynn
  • Aubrey Hirsch
  • Sophie Miller
  • Nicole Son
  • Rowan Toke
  • Ibi Velasquez

New Tutors:

  • Natalie Alderton
  • Olivia Grimm


Contact Us

If you have any questions, please: 

Contact the Writing Center director, Dr. Theresa Flynn: