Academic Study

Center for Theological Writing

The Center for Theological Writing exists to equip you with online resources and in-person tutoring to help you write, revise, and edit works of theological writing with confidence, clarity, and excellence.

Becoming a Theological Writer

Citation & Formatting Resources

Westminster Format Guidelines
Need help formatting your Westminster thesis, dissertation, or project? Refer to these guidelines to make sure all the details are correct before your submission date.

The Citation & Formatting Guide
Wondering how to cite that collection of homilies from an early church father? The Citation and Formatting Guide (CFG) has the answer, from basic sources to more obscure ones, and everything in between.

Nervous about documenting all your sources correctly and avoiding plagiarism? Check out this overview of what plagiarism is and how you can avoid it.

Genres of Theological Writing

Did you know there is more than one genre of theological writing? Learn how to write papers in systematic theology, apologetics, biblical studies, church history, pastoral theology, and counseling.

Interested in more resources? Check out selected books about writing that the Center for Theological Writing recommends.

View Books

Consulting & Editing

Do you want one-on-one assistance with your writing? Are you interested in hiring an editor? Find out about our consultation and editing services for current Westminster students.

View Services

Additional Samples & Guides

Current Westminster students and faculty may access booklets, handouts, and lectures on theological writing, as well as course-specific writing guides and sample papers.

CTW Canvas

CTW Hours

9:00am - 4:30pm
Closed for lunch 12:30-1:00pm, and for chapel Wednesdays


CTW Team

Leslie Altena

Director of Theological English Department

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Center for Theological Writing located?

The CTW is located in Westminster’s Montgomery Library, in room A-413 on the top floor of the Andreas Center. We welcome you to stop by to ask for help with questions you have about your writing or where you can find resources on writing. Online, the CTW Canvas page can be found by clicking Student Resources on the Canvas Dashboard

Where can I go for help with my writing?

Beginning in mid-September, current Westminster students can come in person to the Center for Theological Writing (Andreas 413) for a drop-in appointment, or schedule one online. We can help orient you to a writing assignment, answer questions about citation styles and formatting, or recommend books and materials to help and inspire you. Please see the current semester's drop-in appointment link on the CTW Canvas page.

How do I schedule a consultation for help with my writing?

Current Westminster students can meet with a CTW consultant for an hourly fee. Schedule a consultation using the link on the CTW Canvas page. Hourly rates are listed on the consultation link and are payable using a credit or debit card before your consultation begins. If you have any questions or cannot find an available time slot that works with your schedule, please email

What is the difference between consultation and editing services?

Consultations and editing both involve personal assistance with writing at an hourly fee, but they differ in terms of the scope of feedback provided to students. If you are experiencing writers’ block or are working on a particular aspect of your writing, one-on-one consultations are a good choice. If you need more detailed feedback on your paper, editing services are available on a first come, first served basis.

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