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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." 

We offer in-person appointments in the Academic Center for Excellence (PAY 315) and online asynchronous appointments.  

Students can make an in-person appointment with a Writing Center tutor using the Navigate app, or the Navigate Appointment Scheduler. Please see instructions below:

Locate the "Appointments" tab in the app or the desktop platform
Select "Schedule an Appointment"
Select "Writing Center" as the type of appointment you'd like to schedule
Select "In-person Meeting with Writing Consultant" or "Asynchronous (Online Document Review)"
Pick a date you would like to book an appointment
Click "View Available Time"
Select the time under the date listed in which you would like to meet from the options provided
Review and confirm appointment
*Appointments are limited, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 2023/24 school year:


  • Natalie Alderton
  • Eleanor Arena
  • Natalee Borum
  • Eva Duran
  • Caitlin Flynn
  • Libby Hill
  • Aubrey Hirsch
  • Emma Ibarra
  • Ray Imes
  • Madison Luc
  • Audrey Mogannam
  • Madison Ortega
  • Geneva Sovinec
  • Eliana Trujillo



Contact Us

If you have any questions, please: 

Contact the Writing Center director, Dr. Theresa Flynn: