CTW Events

CTW Events

CTW organizes events each semester engaging with writing topics and giving students an opportunity to share and discuss their own writing and that of great authors of the past. CTW's main events are Writers' Circles, PhD/ThM Forums and Roundtables, and the CTW Readers' Group.


Writers' Circles are lunchtime events focused on particular writing topics. Topics are chosen based on students' questions and faculty feedback on course papers. All are welcome.

Spring 2016 Writers' Circle Events
  • BibleWorks: Effective Use, Tips & Tricks. Learn how to get the most out of your BibleWorks, whether writing exegetical papers or preparing sermons. Tuesday, February 16, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5
  • OT 113 Old Testament Introduction: Writing the Dictionary Article Research Paper. Learn how to approach, research, and write a scholarly article for the hypothetical Dictionary of the Bible and the Ancient Near East. Tuesday, March 1, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5
  • NT 123 Hermeneutics: Sample Paper Review. Review the sample paper for NT 123 to identify how to approach, structure, and write your own paper. Tuesday, March 15, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5
  • ST 333 Ethics: Writing the Ethics Course Paper. Learn how to approach, research, and write a clear and effective research paper on a topic in Ethics. Tuesday, March 29, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5
  • NT 223 Acts and Paul: Sample Paper Review. Review sample exegetical papers provided for NT 223 to identify how to approach, structure, and write your own exegetical paper. Tuesday, April 12, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5
past writers' circles
  • Essential WTS Skills: Becoming a Demanding Reader
  • Essential WTS Skills: Writing Essay Exams
  • Reading for Systematic TheologyImagination & Christian Communication with Gene Edward Veith
  • Blogging and Theology with Carl Trueman and Aimee Byrd
  • Writing AP 101 Argument Analysis Papers
  • OTHT 1: Writing the Exegetical Paper
  • Poetry & Wisdom: Sample Paper Review
  • Citation Software


Spring 2016 Schedule to be announced.


Roundtables offer advanced graduate students the opportunity to interact with faculty on contemporary issues and academic concerns, dinner included.


In the PhD/ThM forum, students deliver papers and receive feedback from their peers. Its purpose is to help students gain experience presenting their work in a conference-style setting. Feedback can help the writer improve content and clarify ideas before submitting for courses or for publication.

To schedule a paper, please e-mail a copy of the paper with a 100-word abstract (or just the abstract if the paper is not yet complete) to Todd at ctw@wts.edu. Please indicate the date you would like to deliver the paper and, if necessary, your preferred time slot (2:00-3:00 or 3:00-4:00).


Readers’ Group has concluded for the Spring 2016 semester. We will begin meeting again on Mondays in Fall 2016 from 1pm–2pm in Van Til Rm. 6. Read and discuss Hamlet by William Shakespeare. For information, email Leslie Altena at ctw@wts.edu.

Writers’ Circle meets Tuesdays from 1pm–2pm in Van Til, Room 5, unless otherwise noted.


Becoming a Demanding Reader. Learn to read actively to understand the author’s argument, point of view, and distinctiveness.

            Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5


Powlison on Writing for Counseling. Dr. David Powlison examines exemplary counseling writing—both a student paper and JBC article—and discusses their effective features.

            Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5


Great Theological Writing: Valley of Vision. Improve the coherence and symmetry of your writing by learning from the elegant prose of this classic collection of Puritan prayers.

            Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5


Writing and the Public Square. David Mills, editor of First Things, discusses the art of writing and editing to engage contemporary issues.