CTW Event Calendar

CTW Event Calendar

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

Writing for Counseling. Dr. Powlison, Executive Director of CCEF, will examine writing samples from counseling courses and provide insight on how to write more clearly, cogently, and profoundly.
            Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 2

Advanced Degrees Seminar. Interested in a ThM or PhD? Dr. Edgar will speak on the nature of and preparation required for further graduate studies. Lunch will be provided.
            Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1-2pm, Van Til Rm. 2

Contemporary Theological Writers: John Piper. Explore Dr. John Piper's writings and the lessons that can be gleaned for your own writing and ministry.
            Tuesday, March 4, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5

BibleWorks: Effective Use, Tips & Tricks. Learn how to get the most out of your BibleWorks, whether writing exegetical papers or preparing sermons.
            Tuesday, March 11, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5

The Pastor and the Pen. Rick Phillips, PCA pastor and prolific author, discusses writing in pastoral ministry and offers insight on serving the church and engaging culture with the written word. Lunch will be provided
            Tuesday, March 18, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 2

Citation Software: Zotero and Endnote. Learn how to use Zotero and Endnote to cite your papers accurately and efficiently and to store sources for future papers. Get started today!
Tuesday, March 25, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5 

OTHT 2 and Poetry & Wisdom: Sample Paper Review. Review sample papers from OT 223 and 323 to identify how to structure the paper, evaluate evidence, and make interpretive decisions. 
Tuesday, April 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, April 8, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5

PTC 243: Writing the Reinterpretation Paper. Learn how to use relevant details, provide an incisive critique of an opposing view, and introduce a pointed, gospel-driven reinterpretation.
            Tuesday, April 22, 1–2pm, Van Til Rm. 5 




Roundtables offer advanced graduate students the opportunity to interact with faculty on contemporary issues and academic concerns, dinner included. The following roundtables are scheduled for Spring 2014:

          The Pastor-Scholar Writing in Ministry, with Dr. Rick Phillips
          Tuesday, March 18, 6–8pm, Machen Lounge and Van Til Rm. 2

          Finding Overseas Teaching Jobs, with Dr. Jue and Bruce McDowell 
          Tuesday, April. 29, 6–8pm, Machen Lounge and Van Til Rm. 2


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.

          Dates: Feb. 28, March 28, April 25. Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m. Location: Van Til, Room 6

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).




This spring, Readers' Group will meet on Mondays, beginning Feb. 10, at 1:00 p.m. in Van Til Room 6 to discuss Beowulf, followed by The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien. All are welcome. Please bring your lunch. For more 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.